Canadian teleco rivals Bell Canada and Rogers Communications have agreed to spend C$200 million ($171m; €140m; £94m) to bring broadband internet to the nation's furthest-flung communities.
The largest phone company and the number one cable operator say they will pool their wireless broadband spectrum into an existing company called Inukshuk Internet, in which they hold equal shares.
They hope the network will reach more than two-thirds of the population within three years.
However, the agreement extends only to infrastructure and Rogers and Bell will each sell access to their own high speed internet services.
Says Dave Robinson, vp at Rogers: "We're going to build a common plumbing system and we're going to fight like mad to sell our own version of the water."
Data sourced from Financial Times Online; additional content by WARC staff