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Rostelecom begins work on the wiring of fiber to Iturup and Kunashir

The head of the Ministry of Communications and Mass Media Nikolai Nikiforov announced the launch of a project to lay a high-speed Internet line on the islands of the Kuril Ridge. A short tweet "The Ministry of Communications and Mass Media, together with # Rostelecom, is launching a project to lay a submarine communication line on the # Kuril Islands. We’ll finish it in 2018,” the official published the day before.

As the head of Rostelecom, Sergei Kalugin, explained, at the first stage, funding in the amount of 1,9 billion rubles for 2018 per year is allocated for the Sakhalin-Kuril line segment. The total cost of the project is 3,3 billion rubles, of which 2,7 billion rubles should be given by the federal budget. The line will come first to Iturup (Kurilsk), then to Kunashir (Yuzhno-Kurilsk). Both islands are part of the Sakhalin region. Rostelecom announced a competition for the design of this line.

On the budgetary financing of projects in the Far East, including the cable to the Kuriles, said recently in Khabarovsk at an away meeting of the Federation Council Committee on the federal structure, regional policy, local government and the affairs of the North. In particular, during the meeting, Deputy Minister for Development of the Far East Arthur Niyazmetov noted that the laying of the cable was supposed to begin as early as the 2016 year, but the enterprise did not start to do anything because it did not see any means in the budget.

This project has a huge social significance - high-speed Internet will allow residents not only to gain access to all information resources of the world network without any restrictions, but also will give an opportunity, for example, to receive consultations of doctors from leading clinics of the country in on-line mode.
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