Pioneer to support new Alaskan submarine cable system

Created December 15, 2023
News and Business

Consulting and project management firm Pioneer Consulting, has been selected to provide initial engineering and design services for the FISH in SEAK submarine cable system (Fibre Internet Serving Homes in Southeast Alaska), an early-stage submarine cable which complements the FISH in AK project (Fibre Internet Serving Homes in Alaska), which was announced in March 2023. Contracted by Cordova Telecom Cooperative, Inc., a member-owned telecommunications cooperative, Pioneer will additionally oversee the selection of a permitting company and marine route survey contractor for the FISH in AK cable, following its successful completion of the cable’s engineering and design phase.

Engineering of a 900 km undersea cable for FISH in SEAK began in 4Q23. FISH in SEAK will further expand the system’s critical connectivity to some of the most remote areas of Southeast Alaska, delivering greater broadband capacity to local communities. The FISH in SEAK and FISH in AK cables will connect at a landing station hub in Cordova, Alaska.

The FISH project is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s ReConnect Program, an initiative to provide connectivity to rural and underserved communities. Once fully implemented, FISH in AK will connect Cordova and Seward, with branching units to Johnstone Point and the Village of Chenga, while FISH in SEAK will connect Cordova and Juneau, with additional fibre connections to Yakutat, Pelican, Gustavus, and Hoonah.

“It is exciting to see the FISH project become a reality,” said Jeremiah Beckett, CEO of Cordova Telecom Cooperative. “As we begin work on FISH in SEAK, we are encouraged by the redundancy and internet capacity that the overall submarine system will provide to our communities.”

“We are thrilled to continue this critical work with the Cordova Telecom Cooperative,” said Philip deGuzman, director of Client Solutions at Pioneer Consulting. “It is an honour to support the various stages of this project to bring expanded connectivity and greater reliability to Cordova and the surrounding communities.”

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This article was written
by Peter Dykes

Peter Dykes is a independent telecoms and technology journalist who has over that last 30 years written for a wide range of B2B publications and companies. A former BT engineer, he specialises in networks and associated support systems. He is currently Editor of Optical Connections.