First stage of laying deep-sea fiber optics to be completed this year

First stage of laying deep-sea fiber optics to be completed this year

June 17, 2022

The project’s cost is estimated at 65 billion rubles.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The Polar Express project implementation was not stopped. The initiative provides for the trans-Arctic backbone underwater fiber-optic communication line laying from Murmansk to Vladivostok by 2026. The first stage will be completed in the fourth quarter of 2022.

The Morsviazsputnik’s general director Andrey Kuropyatnikov, told at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum:

The Polar Express project’s first section Teriberka – Anderma will be completed in the fourth quarter of this year. The project has not been suspended, more than 560 kilometers have been laid to date. The distance from Teriberka to Anderma is a little more than 1,000 kilometers, more than half was covered during last year’s navigation. Cable laying is carried out only in clean water without ice, so we depend on seasonality. The cable laying work was continued only in May. The coastal station’s construction in Andrema is almost completed.

TASS reports:

The project Polar Express involves laying 12,650 kilometers of cable from six pairs of optical fibers with a capacity of up to 104 Tb/s. The cost of the project is estimated at 65 billion rubles. A whole fleet of cable, auxiliary and research vessels is used to lay the line. The project implementation period is 2026.

The shortest fiber optic line between Europe and Asia will become an alternative to satellite communications in the northern latitudes, provide reliable and affordable communications and fast Internet in the Russian Arctic.

The Polar Express is designed to provide a digital component for the development of the Northern Sea Route, its port infrastructure and oil and gas environmental projects in the Arctic. The project was announced at the Russian Transport exhibition in November 2020, it is being implemented by order of the Russian Ministry of Transport with the support of Rosmorrechflot (Eng.: Russian sea and river fleet), Rosmorport (Eng.: Russian seaport)  and Federal State Unitary Enterprise Morsviazsputnik (Eng.: Sea communication Sputnik).

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June 17, 2022

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