Arctic Fibre project heats up
Arctic Fibre has begun investigating demand in Canada for its proposed 15,300km fibre-optic network linking Japan and the UK via the Arctic.
The company has given Canadian carriers and government bodies until September 1 to request bandwidth on the network, which has a proposed launch date of November 1 2014.
The route is said to provide the lowest latency between Japan and England with a round trip latency of 168 milliseconds. It could also bring much needed connectivity to communities in the Canadian and Alaskan Arctic.
Some market insiders have, however, questioned whether deploying fibre across the Arctic is feasible.