Cinia’s ongoing plans to build a cable through the Arctic region got some reinforcements this week. The Finnish provider has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Far North Digital to help build the cable.
The proposed subsea cable will connect Europe and Japan via the Arctic Ocean. More specifically it will pass through the Northwest Passage along the Canadian coast, connecting landings in Norway, Finland, and Ireland with Japan while offering branches to indigenous communities in the Canadian Arctic and Alaska. The cable would offer a truly diverse route between Europe and Asia.
If this sounds familiar but a bit off, it’s because Cinia had until earlier this year been looking to build a cable in the Russian Arctic, not the Canadian. However, that project fell apart earlier this year, and so apparently Cinia has shifted to plan B. And of course there’s always the Quintillion/Arctic Fibre project on similar routes in the Canadian Arctic, the plans for which are also still in development.
Alcatel-Lucent is leading the engineering, procurement, and construction for the project, which will cost somewhere around a billion euros. If things go according to plan, which would be a first for an Arctic subsea project, the RFS date will be sometime in 2025.
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