Arctic Connect

Oppdatert: 2. april 2019

- to enable telecommunication in Northern Scandinavia

The Arctic Connect project, at the initiative of the Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communications, wish to explore the possibilities to construct a digital bridge between Europe and Asia via the Northeast Passage. Along with the cities of Oulu, Kainuu, Luleå and Tromsø and the Northern Scandinavia region, the regions are seeking new business opportunities and jobs relating to international data connection that would pass through the area. The project will bring traffic to the region and offer more attractive sites for data centres, among other things, once the new route is established.

The Arctic Connect project is part of the efforts to improve the connectivity in Arctic areas, in line with the objectives of the Arctic Council. Working along side with China and other local operators, Bredbåndsfylket is investigating the viability of fibre-optic connectivity planned from Southern Finland to Kirkenes, Norway and Murmansk, Russia.

The scale of the Arctic Connect project is extremely large. When completed, Arctic Connect would bring together three continents, which influence approximately 85% of the world’s population. In terms of technical capacity, the outset of the current plan is a total of six fibre pairs, a capacity of 60 Tbit/s and an overall length of approximately 18,000 km.

A report published by the Ministry of Transport and Communications in November 2016 indicated that Japan, China, Sweden, Finland, the EU, and Russia consider the project necessary and useful.

“When completed, the trans-Arctic data cable connection will make the periphery the new core. Kirkenes, Norway would become the new Marseille – a landing area for data traffic – this would be the closest ways to access international markets,” explains Juha Seppälä, Managing Director of Rovaniemi Development Ltd.

The aim of the Arctic Connect project company is to establish the requirements for the construction of the trans-Arctic submarine cable connection, commission the required environmental studies, prepare for obtaining the necessary permits and to request contract tenders, on the basis of which the upcoming project can be budgeted and planned in more detail.

For further information about Arctic Connect, please contact: Dag-Kjetil Hansen


+ 47 906 38 227