Russia starts building high-speed Arctic internet
© RIA Novosti. Vladimir Trefilov

Russia starts building high-speed Arctic internet

Construction of the main undersea fiber optic cable has begun between Murmansk and Vladivostok. Under the project, the Transport Ministry partnered with the Federal Agency for Sea and Inland Water Transport and the state-run port infrastructure firm Rosmorport to provide local communications line access to the Arctic zone's largest ports and localities.

The goal of this project is to develop port infrastructure along the Northern Sea Route and create a digital ecosystem for the region.

Earlier it was reported that the capacity of the 12,500-kilometer cable is expected to provide connection speeds of 52-104 terabits per second, not taking into account branching units to settlements along the route. The plans call for fully completing the project in 2026.

On October 26, President Vladimir Putin signed an executive order approving the strategy for developing the Arctic zone of Russia and ensuring national security until 2035. According to the executive order, the Russian government has three months to approve a plan for implementing the basic principles of the state policy and strategy. The government is also in charge of monitoring the implementation of the strategy and reporting annually to the president.