Internet line to appear along Northern Sea Route
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Internet line to appear along Northern Sea Route

November 11, 2020

The first stage of the Arctic Connect project offshore research has been completed.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The offshore research will determine the route of the future Arctic Connect underwater fiber-optic communication line. The line will be laid from Europe to Asia along the Northern Sea Route.

The research vessel Professor Logachev passed from St. Petersburg to Vladivostok. Over 6500 kilometers of the ice were investigated during 105 days of sailing. Since the end of July, the Professor Logachev ship has covered a distance of 16 thousand kilometers.

Scientists carried out sonar surveys of the bottom, studied the structure of the upper strata of bottom sediments with an acoustic profiler, and measured water depths with a multi-beam echo sounder. The research was carried out in the waters of six seas – the Barents, Kara, Laptev, East Siberian, Chukotka and Bering. The work was completed much ahead of schedule due to the well-coordinated work and professionalism of the project team. The weather also contributed to the successful completion of the work: the ice situation in the Arctic Ocean allowed the research vessel to take measurements in high latitudes without icebreaker support.

The first stage of work has been completed. The data collected during the expedition will be processed during winter – spring 2020–2021. Next year, the second stage of the survey will be carried out, including the study of the bottom rocks along the route.

The second stage will make it possible to choose the optimal route for laying the cable along the Arctic zone of Russia, as well as to determine the places for branches construction from it to the shore. Fiber optic communication line Arctic Connect with a capacity of 200 terabits per second will connect the continents, which are home to 85 percent of the world’s population.

Taps from the fiber-optic communication line connecting the two parts of the world will contribute to the socio-economic development of the Arctic and the Far East, as well as provide high-quality communication to consumers as well as fuel and energy complex enterprises.

As previously reported by Russian and foreign media, preparations for the laying of the first fiber-optic cable from Europe to China and Japan accelerated after Russia’s second wireless operator Megafon became a member of the Arctic Connect consortium headed by the Finnish state communications company Cinia Group in June this year. The communication line will connect the capital of Finland, Helsinki, with the capital of Japan, Tokyo. The project will cost approximately $ 800 million to $ 1.2 billion. The total length of the line will be 10 thousand kilometers.

The laying of the transarctic cable will be essential for Taimyr, as the connection speed will become higher.

As a reminder, Norilsk got access to broadband Internet three years ago. A fiber-optic communication line was laid along the Novy Urengoy – Igarka – Snezhnogorsk – Norilsk route.

Text: Ekaterina Maximova, Photo: open sources

November 11, 2020

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