Iristel Inc. and Ice Wireless concluded a trial this week for a new satellite-based telephone and Internet network in Canada's North, the companies said Friday. The companies said in a release that they demonstrated the network Oct. 31 in Iqaluit, Nunavut, at a meeting with the Department of National Defence to discuss northern infrastructure issues. The companies used C-band satellite frequencies with a footprint to serve Nunavut and “other rural and remote communities in Canada's North,” the release said. Ice Wireless, based in Inuvik, N.W.T., and Iristel, based in Markham, Ont., said their connectivity will be managed by Juch-Tech Inc., a Hamilton, Ont.-based satellite Internet company that provides Internet connections in Africa. Onsite support for the trial was provided by Coman Arctic Ltd., a logistics company based in Iqaluit, the release said. Ice Wireless will roll out 3G service to Iqaluit in the summer of 2013 with download speeds of up to 7.2 Mbps and Iristel plans to offer fixed line home telephone and long distance services, the release said. Iristel said in May it hoped to offer voice-over-IP services in some northern Canadian markets as early as summer 2012. The company said in September it also reached a deal with Huawei Technologies Co. to offer “3G and wireless broadband services to 60,659 people” in Canada’s three northern territories.