Qiniq (company)

Qiniq, from the Inuktitut root word for "to search", is a Canadian company, which uses satellite and wireless communications technology to provide broadband Internet service to remote communities in the Canadian territory of Nunavut. The Qiniq network serves all 25 municipalities in Nunavut with satellite and wireless broadband internet services.[1]

ServicesInternet access (broadband, satellite)
ParentSSI Micro Ltd.
Websitewww.qiniq.com Edit this at Wikidata
Qiniq's coverage area in Nunavut. Qiniq serves 25 communities in Nunavut.
Qiniq employees from throughout Nunavut


In the fall of 2002, Industry Canada announced the Broadband for Rural and Northern Development (BRAND) program, serving as the catalyst for the creation of Nunavut Broadband Development Corporation (NBDC), a non-profit organization tasked with identifying the territory's broadband needs.[1] NBDC issued a request for proposal to vendors, which SSI Micro won in the spring of 2004.[1] SSI Micro began building of Qiniq, a subsidiary of SSI Micro, which was launched in 2005.[1]

Since its foundation, Qiniq has upgraded its network multiple times, including the implementation of DVB-S2 receivers in 2009, and the installation of LTE technology in 2016.[1]

In January 2014, Qiniq was forced to pay a $128,000 fine after overcharging approximately 600 customers for several months.[2]

In March 2020, the company released a statement asking for users to limit their internet usage due to increased internet usage during the COVID-19 pandemic.[3]


The company's network incorporates a number of features, such as mesh connectivity, traffic shaping, local web caches, and TCP acceleration.[1]

The Qiniq network is managed centrally by SSI Micro, who maintains the satellite infrastructure, the wireless networks, all back-end hardware as well as the billing and management systems.[citation needed]

The company employs a number of "Community Service Providers", local residents who are tasked with signing up local users, taking payments, and providing technical support to their clients.[1] Qiniq provides technical training to their Community Service Providers, and allows them to keep a percentage of the revenue they bring in.[1]

The Qiniq network received an award in 2005 from the annual awards conferred by the Wireless Communications Association (WCA) for Provisioning Underserved Communities with NLOS Broadband Wireless Technology.[citation needed] The Qiniq network was also a part of the 2005 designation of Nunavut as an "Intelligent Community" by the Intelligent Community Forum, a New York-based think tank.[citation needed]

In September 2018, the company announced a successful rollout of 4G LTE and 2G-GSM technology in all 25 municipalities in Nunvavut.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Company". Qiniq. Archived from the original on 2020-05-31. Retrieved 2020-05-31.
  2. ^ "Internet provider Qiniq pays out $128K after overcharging". CBC News. 2014-01-20.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ Neary, Derek (2020-03-18). "Qiniq, SSi Micro ask customers to conserve data to avoid network congestion". NNSL Media. Retrieved 2020-05-31.
  4. ^ "SSi Mobile Launches in Iqaluit" (PDF). SSI Micro. 2018-09-19. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2020-05-31. Retrieved 2020-05-31.

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