Norilsk Internet accelerated
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Norilsk Internet accelerated

September 13, 2021

The specialists protected the cable on the most difficult section of the route using the technology of horizontal directional drilling.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The Edinstvo company, a member of the Nornickel group, has expanded the capacity of the fiber-optic communication line in Norilsk fivefold – from 40 to 200 Gbps and increased its reliability.

This became possible due to the replacement of active equipment at the nodes of the fiber-optic communication line, built by Edinstvo, as well as the protection of the cable on the most difficult section of the route using the technology of horizontal directional drilling.

“We noticed the general trend of increasing traffic in the region long time ago, and in 2020 the demand of business and users has multiplied. All enterprises of Nornickel, as well as social institutions, government bodies and, of course, residents, needed a much larger volume of data transmission with higher bandwidth. Therefore, we made a decision to expand our channel”, said Tatiana Mohova, Edinstvo’s general director.

The specialists also faced the task of increasing the network reliability at the most difficult section – the crossing of the Yenisey River in the Igarka region.

In the winter of 2020–2021, using horizontal directional drilling, we performed a unique underwater crossing along the Yenisey bottom. For several months, drilling rigs have been operating on the left and right banks of the river. Thanks to this, the drilling was completed by the beginning of the ice drift.

The replacement of equipment to increase the speed of the communication channel was completed by the end of the summer vacation period. Also, to increase the availability of broadband access, Edinstvo has introduced new tariffs for telecom operators, which are Internet providers for the population and business.

A fivefold increase in communication speed will allow the planned development of digital projects in Norilsk to continue.

Recall that broadband Internet appeared on Taimyr in 2017 thanks to the communication line that stretched from Novy Urengoy to Norilsk. The construction of the 956 km long line was carried out by the Edinstvo company. Prior to that, residents of the region and local businesses used only satellite channels.

Now the broadband Internet available for Igarka residents, and the pandemic has become a catalyst for digitalization in the country.

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Text: Angelica Stepanova, Photo: Nikolay Shchipko and LLC Edinstvo

September 13, 2021

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