Studies of the seabed for laying fibre optic cable from Europe to Asia in the international project “Arctic connect” starts today. Even before moving from St. Petersburg, where assigned “Professor Logachev”, the ship was supplied with all necessary equipment. Including multifunctional underwater vehicles developed in Russia, which has proved its effectiveness in the study of the bottom of the ocean.

According to the Director of Rosgeologia Sergey Gor, the first stage within the optimal time navigation 2020 – should explore 6500 kilometers North of the route. Three months research it is planned to pass the most difficult from the point of view of the ice areas in the Barents, Kara, East Siberian, and Chukchi seas and in the Laptev sea. The task is to undertake a preliminary study of the bottom topography and to determine safe routes of the route in the Arctic seas.

In 2021 surveys will continue and become more detailed with the study of engineering conditions of laying underwater cable and the study of the rocks of the bottom. Similar work is planned for the segments of the communication line outside the Russian waters, because “the Arctic connection” should link high-speed and reliable transmission channel, Helsinki and Tokyo, with the prospect of extending to China and North America.

Recall that the Memorandum on creation of international consortium to build the first of its kind TRANS-Arctic communications line was signed in June 2019 at the St. Petersburg economic forum. It was about the laying of undersea fibre optic cable with a length of 13.8 thousand kilometers with a capacity of 200 Tbit/s. at the time of delivery of the object (roughly – in 2022-2023 years) he should become not only the first TRANS-Arctic, but also one of the fastest.

given the fact that the main part (about 11 thousand km) the TRANS-Arctic fiber optic line will be laid along our coast under a line of (relatively) the Northern sea route, Russia and Russian companies simply could not stay away. Finnish communication partner of the state company “Sinya group”, which initiated and became the driver of the whole project, has become Russian “MegaFon”.

Sponsors “Arctic connection”, which include Japanese and Scandinavian companies, I hope to persuade the operators of the giant data centers to move to Northern Scandinavia. As we are assured, thanks to a new cable network delays communication reduced by 40 percent. This will benefit companies such as “Alphabet”, “Google”, “Microsoft” and “Amazon” that move huge amounts of data between worldwide servers, providing social networking, streaming TV and corporate networks.

a New cable line will be at half-two thousand Ki��metrov short all existing cables from Europe to East Asia and can accelerate the Intercontinental transfer of data approximately 100 milliseconds. And besides, she seems to be more reliable than cable in the Indian ocean. There they pass through the Suez canal and the Strait of Malacca and often suffer from the fact that anchored numerous court inadvertently hurt underwater communication.