China Planning Fastest Telecom Cable to Europe – Via the Arctic
With the continued growth of China as the world's new economic leader, telecommunications traffic between China and Europe is expected to increase by three times within the next five years.
This means massively more bandwidth is needed and with a rapidly melting Arctic a new path has opened to lay a fiber optic cable directly between China and Europe across the top of the world.
The ‘Northeast Passage’ cable project, as it is now being referred to, would run 10,500 kilometers of high-speed fiber link across t he Arctic Circle between China and, likely, Finland as a first port-of-entry into Europe.
The new cable is expected to reduce transmission times between the two regions by a factor of two.
Plans for the project are accelerating rapidly. China has already surveyed the route using icebreaking research vessels.
Project costs for all aspects of the effort have al-ready been estimated at about 700 million euros (US $820 million). At the current pace of activities between all parties involved, what will become the fastest data transmission link between Asia and Europe could be up and running by 2020.