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Laying of deep-sea optical fiber began along the bottom of the Northern Sea Route
Along the bottom of the Northern Sea Route, the construction of a unique transarctic fiber-optic communication line (FOCL) Murmansk - Vladivostok "Polar Express" has begun. FOCL will go to all ports on the Arctic coast.
As the agency "Prime" writes, the laying will begin from the village of Teriberka in the Murmansk region. The project is designed for six years until 2026, and financing is carried out entirely from the state budget. The cost of the work is estimated at 65 billion rubles. The project is being implemented by order of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation with the support of Rosmorrechflot, Rosmorport and FSUE Morsvyazsputnik.
The new line of communication will become an alternative to satellite communications in the arctic regions Russia and will provide high-speed Internet. A whole fleet of cable, auxiliary and research vessels will be used for the work. A total of 12 kilometers of cable will be laid out of six pairs of optical fibers with a bandwidth of up to 650 Tb / s.
According to Andrey Kuropyatnikov, the general director of FSUE Morsvyazsputnik, such an experience was only in Alaska, but the latitude of the cable is farther south there, and the length is shorter. There are no analogues of FOCL along the Northern Sea Route in the world, therefore, companies from Asia and Europe, including Scandinavia, are already interested in this experience.