Nexans has begun manufacturing Norfest™, Tampnet’s new subsea fibre cable, linking Norway and Sweden. Tampnet is a leading provider of high-capacity and latency-critical connectivity between the Nordics and Europe. Nexans is partnering with Tampnet and Cecon Contracting to build this significant subsea fibre optic cable system. The new build enables connectivity within the Nordics and the rest of Europe, continuously supporting rapid data centre growth throughout the region.

The Norfest™ cable will be a fully buried, 749 km system with 9 landings for interconnection to carriers, other subsea cables and data centre facilities, expanding and strengthening network access along the route. These operators will be able to ensure resiliency and much-needed additional capacity. The work of planning, permitting and engineering the system has already begun. The first portion of the offshore route survey was completed in September 2022.

Nexans has commenced cable manufacturing of the 48 and 96 fibre-pair cable which will be ready for handover to Cecon Contracting for installation in June 2023.

“Subsea cables are the backbone of connectivity, and we are proud to be a part of Tampnet’s initiative to bring increased resiliency and capacity to the Nordics and Europe through the company’s Norfest™ subsea cable system,” says Krister Granlie, VP Submarine Telecom&Special Cables in Nexans. “This build and installation of a completely diverse subsea cable is necessary to empower data centre operators throughout both regions and beyond.”

“Cecon Contracting AS is pleased to apply our specialist cable lay capabilities to Tampnet’s project, which will add significant subsea fibre optic cable capacity linking data centres in Norway and Sweden, says Jo Braadlie, MD in Cecon. “Cecon Contracting is looking forward to completing this major project together with our friends at Tampnet and making the project a great success for all parties involved.”

“At Tampnet, we have always had our customer’s requirements at the top of our priorities. We’ve been investing in our network and this region for over 21 years, and this investment secures the next 21 years with reliable, scalable and completely diverse fibre between key locations in Norway and Sweden,” says Elie Hanna, CEO of Tampnet. “The Tampnet team is proud to add Norfest™ to our existing footprint. With this route, we stay ahead of future bandwidth demands and improve the communications network of the region.”

Image source: Courtesy of Nexans

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