Friday, October 9, 2020

Trans-Arctic undersea cable attracts Norwegian and Japanese partners

From The Barents Observer, September 29:

With a data rate of at least 66 terabytes per second, the 10,600 km link is expected to be on of the fastest in the world. 

Headed by Sojitz trading house, six Japanese partners now team up for the final feasibility study of the trans-Arctic subsea communication cable.

If built, the communication line will be the first connection between East Asia and northern Europe to be laid in Arctic waters north of Russia.

The plan was first conceived in 2018, by a consortium of the Finnish infrastructure company Cinia and Russia’s mobile phone provider MegaFon.

Cinia and MegaFon signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) last year.

“Arctic Connect is a real international opportunity. Cinia is very pleased to see broad international interest in the project, and I warmly welcome our new partners from Japan, Norway and Finland to join the Cinia Alliance. The project is moving forward and together we will have an exciting journey to make the plans real,” says Ari-Jussi Knaapila, CEO of the Finland-based company Cinia Ltd.

The Kirkenes-based Sør-Varanger Utvikling is one of the partners in the newly established Bredbåndsfylket Arctic Link AS, a Norwegian company aimed at joining the Cinia Alliance. Alta-based Ishavslink is also a partner company with its existing network of fiberoptic cables in Norway’s northernmost region Finnmark....