Mackenzie Valley Fibre Line Construction Completed

YELLOWKNIFE (March 28, 2017) – The Mackenzie Valley Fibre Link (MVFL) achieved a major milestone on March 16, 2017 as the last two splice locations were installed, officially completing the construction of the 1,154 km fibre line between Inuvik and High Level, Alberta.

With this, the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) is one step closer to fulfilling its Mandate commitment to complete the Mackenzie Valley Fibre Optic Link in order to help modernize the economy and enable growth in all economic sectors.

The project now moves into the next phase of work, which will consist of testing the performance and functionality before commissioning the system for service. The commencement target for the MVFL is June 1, 2017.

Inuvik is geographically gifted due its favorable Arctic location to track and receive data in real-time from polar-orbiting satellites. The GNWT, through the success of the MVFL, looks forward to continuing to support the growth of the remote-sensing and commercial satellite industry in Inuvik.


“The completion of the MVFL hits a major milestone to not only improve, but to provide state-of-the-art telecommunications infrastructure to remote communities in the Mackenzie Valley region. The MVFL will significantly reduce the digital gap for residents and businesses of the Mackenzie Valley, improving the efficient delivery of government programs and services, and promoting the expansion of Inuvik as a world-class satellite ground station.”
-Robert C. McLeod, Minister of Finance

Quick Facts

  • MVFL comprises the design, build, financing, operations and maintenance installation of a 1,154 km high-speed telecommunications system from McGill Lake (approximately 80 km south of Fort Simpson, NWT), to Inuvik, NWT.
  • MVLF Point of Presence locations are now located in Fort Simpson, Wrigley, Tulita, Norman Wells, Fort Good Hope, Inuvik, and in High Level.
  • Fibre Cable consists of 48 individual fibres, each capable of 88 Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) channels per fibre, and 100 Gbit/s per (DWDM) channel.
  • Polar-Orbiting Satellites support:

o    Scientific research;

o    Environmental monitoring and climate change studies;

o    Mapping, weather and surveillance;

o    Emergency preparedness and response;

o    Shipping and navigation;

o    Sustainable economic development;

o    Northern sovereignty; and

o    Resource development 


Related Links

Mackenzie Valley Fibre Link Project
Ledcor Group
Department of Finance, MVFL


Media Contact
Larry Frolick
Communications Officer
Department of Finance
(867) 874-8719