China Plan­ning Fastest Tele­com Ca­ble to Europe – Via the Arc­tic

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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.

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