Altibox Carrier has awarded the contract to install the Skagenfiber West cable between Larvik and Hirtshals to the Norwegian company Cecon Contracting.
"With our recently completed survey of the seabed corridor, everything is now set to install the cable this summer. We expect to deliver connectivity to the first customers at the end of this year", said Chief Technology Officer of Altibox Carrier, Atle Soma.
The Skagenfiber West system is a 170km cable with new landing stations being constructed in Hirtshals (Denmark) and Larvik (Norway). The cable has 48 passive fibre-pairs designed to transport over 40 Tbit/s per fibre pair, for a total capacity of 1920 Tbit/s.
On the Norwegian side, the cable meets up with Altibox' extensive national fibre network allowing for low latency connectivity to any of the major data centre locations, such as Stavanger, Rjukan and Oslo.
In Denmark, the cable will be extended by Altibox Carrier's new international network achieving POP to POP connectivity between major hubs.
The new cable will provide a low-latency alternative from Oslo to major European interconnection points such as Esbjerg, Hamburg and Amsterdam, creating true diversity from Sweden where most of the traffic to and from Norway transits today.
“There has already been great interest for the project, and if all the prospects pan out, we might have to see if we can build the Skagenfiber East cable sooner than planned”, said Sales Director Svein Arild Ims of Altibox Carrier.
The Skagenfiber East cable is a possible future submarine cable project between Moss (Norway) and Skagen (Denmark).