Trans-Arctic fibre cable MoU becomes development company

Created October 26, 2022
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An international consortium of companies which signed an MoU back in December 2021 to work on the development of a submarine fibre optic system connecting Asia and Europe through the Arctic, have set up a joint corporation to move the project forward. Far North Fiber, Inc., brings together Finland’s Cinia Oy, Alaska’s Far North Digital and Japan’s ARTERIA Networks Corporation. The team will promote a system that aims to realise a faster and more secure route directly connecting Japan, North America, and Ireland and Scandinavia.

Far North Fiber, Inc. estimates that the nearly 17,000 km system will be ready for service by the end of 2026. Global submarine cable leader Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN) has been selected to build and install the submarine cable and equipment required for this project.

“Far North Fiber will be the first multicontinental cable system through the Arctic. It provides a backbone that offers enhanced opportunities for economic development, international security, and a greener footprint for the buildout of global digital infrastructure,” says Ari-Jussi Knaapila, CEO of Cinia.

Koji Kabumoto, representative director, president & CEO of ARTERIA, commented: ” The FNF is to build a network that directly connects Europe and Asia with low latency through the Northwest Passage, and Japan will serve as the gateway to Asia. It is our pleasure to be involved in this journey, as the project is expected to contribute the development of digital societies in Japan and Asia in a wide range of fields, including industry, academia, and culture.”

Guy Houser, FND’s COO, expressed appreciation: “Far North Fiber represents a unique partnership, which is going to improve Arctic infrastructure, lead to greater scientific understanding of the environment along the route, and build closer relationships for the connected regions and communities.”

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by Peter Dykes

Peter Dykes is a independent telecoms and technology journalist who has over that last 30 years written for a wide range of B2B publications and companies. A former BT engineer, he specialises in networks and associated support systems. He is currently Editor of Optical Connections.