The planned route of arctic cable travels from Kirkenes, Norway to Beijing, China.
Source: Cinia


Arctic Cable Opening Opportunities for Asian and European Companies


An undertaking that could change the dynamics of how Asian and European clouds interact is underway. Previously impenetrable arctic is becoming more accessible and offers new opportunities for businesses in Europe and Asia. To take a full advantage of the newly found potential, first there has to be investments in both digital and physical infrastructure. Cinia is currently planning a new submarine cable in the arctic sea. The cable would open a new high-speed internet access in the arctic and offer the lowest latency route between Europe and Asia.

The arctic cable, connecting Kirkenes to Beijing, would provide the lowest latency route between Europe and Northern Asia, as well as enabling further extensions to South East Asia and North America. The cable boosts European-Asian connections, providing a ultrahigh transmission capacity that can be increased over time. With a flexible and innovative design, the cable is a global scale game changer that affects the future of data services in Asia and Europe.

Submarine cable network

The submarine cable is driven by the need for ultra-low latency networking. With modern, data heavy services, just connecting A to B is not acceptable. Globally offered next generation cloud services demand ultra-low latency networking and anything but the best possible option is not good enough.

The global economy is highly dependent on the submarine cable connections as almost 99% of all the international telecommunications travel through the global cable network. The arctic cable would open a completely new route in the network, providing a connection between Europe, Russia, Asia and North America. Besides opening new business potential, the cable also increases the redundancy of the network.

Currently the latency between Europe and Asia is measured to be 250 milliseconds. The new cable would cut this down to 150ms, improving the latency by a third. Although a millisecond isn’t a lot for a human, for industries with large amounts of data traffic, improving the latency brings competitive edge and enhances usability of the services.


Source: Submarine Networks


The Arctic Cable

The cable’s planned route travels along the Russian coast, on the seabed of the arctic sea. The planned route of the cable would have landing stations in Kirkenes in Norway, Murmansk, Anadyr and Vladivostok in Russia, Tokyo in Japan and Beijing in China. The cable is designed to have 6 fibre pairs with a capacity of 12 terabits each pair, with the ability to be upgraded up to 18 terabits as the time goes on. The completed cable will be integrated to the existing Cinia C-Lion1 cable that connects Finland to the major European data hubs, like Frankfurt, London, Amsterdam and Paris. There is also the possibility for further extensions in North America and in the South East Asia.

The cable boosts Finland’s status as a major hub for digital infrastructure and Helsinki’s location between East and West makes it the ideal location for strategic edge data centers for companies establishing themselves in Europe. Cinia’s in-operation C-Lion1 cable between Finland and Rostock offers a direct, high-speed access to Central Europe and all the major metropolitan areas. All Ficolo’s data centers in Finland offer the complete cloud delivery service portfolio needed by modern regional edge data centers. Ficolo’s services combine the scalability of global cloud platforms with premium cloud that accounts for the individual needs of enterprises.

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Pasi Mäki

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