NorthwesTel rolls out bigger, pricier Internet packages

NorthwesTel has a new top-tier package for customers looking for faster Internet and more data. But be prepared to pay.

NorthwesTel has a new top-tier package for customers looking for faster Internet and more data.

But be prepared to pay.

Residential users willing to go for it can now get 125 Mbps speed with 400 GB worth of monthly downloads for $189.95 per month.

Businesses can now opt for 150 Mbps with 500 GB of monthly usage starting at $349.95 per month, depending on which contract you choose.

Company spokesperson Andrew Anderson said the packages, available in Whitehorse and Yellowknife, are the fastest speeds available in the North.

The top residential package is now 33 per cent higher when it comes to the download allowance.

“We listen to our customers and we know that our customers are looking for higher speeds and certainly looking for higher monthly usable limits,” Anderson said.

“We do have several heavy Internet users who are right at the cap or find themselves making decisions as to whether they need to go over the monthly limit.”

Anderson wouldn’t say how many northerners fall into that heavy usage category.

New packages, including their price tags, are always approved by the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission to make sure they are fair and reasonable, Anderson said.

“I think we can all understand that operating in the North brings specific challenges and specific costs.”

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