The NO-UK submarine cable project, connecting Newcastle to the Norwegian landing point at Rennesøy, has reached a new milestone. Several weeks of seabed survey in the North Sea is now finalized and the project is on track for completion in 2021. This 700 km long subsea fiber cable will significantly increase data capacity between Norway, the UK, and the rest of the world.
Monday 17th. of August, the vessel MV Fugro Galaxy completed the final work outside the planned landing point at Green Mountain’s data center at Rennesøy, Stavanger. The purpose of the surveys was to collect seabed data to be used to determine the final route for the fiber cable and the most suitable type of cable to be used.
Strengthening Norway's position
This high-speed fiber cable will provide significantly strengthened data communication to and from Norway. This is important for the business community, for private consumers, for society in general and will also strengthen Norway’s position as an attractive place to invest in new data centers.
- We are experiencing great interest in the cable and are in negotiations with major players in both the data center, carrier and end customer segment. This cable will both enable the region as a major data center region and strengthen the national backbone network with a new connection to Europe. The cable improves both diversity and latency for traffic in and out of Norway, says Sales Director of Altibox Carrier, Svein Arild Ims.
The cable improves both diversity and latency for traffic in and out of Norway, says Sales Director of Altibox Carrier
A consortium consisting of Lyse, Haugaland Kraft, BKK, Green Mountain, the Hatteland Group and Ryfylke IKS is behind the project. The fiber cable will be operated by Altibox Carrier. The cable installation will be performed by Xtera, an innovative provider of subsea systems and telecoms technology.
Ready for 2021
– We are pleased that the project is progressing according to schedule, despite the challenges associated with the covid-19 situation. Next year, the actual installing of the cable can begin and it will be operational by end of 2021, says Chairman of the Board in NO-UK, Geir Ims.
– This cable project further strengthens Green Mountain’s position as the connectivity hub in the South Western part of Norway. Several international connectivity providers have already signed agreements and will be utilizing this new submarine cable as a new connectivity highway between Norway and the UK. With improved resilience and reduced latency, the Stavanger region now offers a realistic alternative to the data center cluster in London, says CEO of Green Mountain, Tor Kristian Gyland.