Huawei Marine, Rostelecom complete 900km subsea cable

Huawei Marine and Rostelecom have completed the construction of a 900km subsea fibre-optic cable connecting Kamchatka and Sakhalin in Russia.

The new submarine cable segment, which is set to be commissioned in Q1 2017, completes phase two of the Russian state-backed telco’s new Far East cable route, running 1,855km in total and connecting Kamchatka-Sakhalin-Magadan.

The subsea cable backbone infrastructure will provide broadband internet access to residents of Sakhalin, the Kamchatka Territory and the Magadan Region and will have an initial capacity of 400Gbps, which is upgradeable to 8Tbps.

“Construction of the submarine is a significant project both for residents of Far East Russia and for the company itself. Due to geographical and climate conditions this project was complicated from a technical point of view,” said Rostelecom president, Sergey Kalugin.

“We laid 2000km of cable underwater and 250km of ground line facilities that connected the regions of Kamchatka, Sakhalin and Magadan. Almost 150,000 residents of the Kamchatka and Magadan region now have access to modern high-speed internet.”

Mike Constable, CEO of Huawei Marine, added: “On behalf of Huawei Marine, I am extremely pleased to have completed the successful deployment of this critical telecommunications infrastructure that will bring the economic and social benefits of high-speed broadband access to the Far East region of Russia. I believe the success of deployment exemplifies our teamwork and customer commitment to deliver innovative network solutions in the most challenging of environments”.

Phase One (Sakhalin-Magadan) was completed in 2015 alongside terrestrial network extensions in Kamchatka.