Russian fibre gets a boost from Far East submarine cable

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Global Marine Systems, a specialist in subsea cabling and engineering projects, says it is nearing completion of a large fibre-optic installation project being undertaken in the Sea of Okhotsk, in the Russia.

The project, commissioned by Huawei Marine Networks for Russian long-distance communications provider Rostelecom, requires the installation of cable from Magadan, the gateway to the Kolymer region at the northern end of the Okhotsk Sea, running south to Ohka at the northern point of Sakhalin Island, then east to the Kamkatcha Peninsula.

Since May 2015, Global Marine’s Innovator vessel has installed more than 2000km of repeatered cable between Magadan, Ohka and Kamkatcha, with the entire system plough buried to a water depth of 1700km.

The system employs Huawei Marine’s R1 repeater technology which the company claims is the smallest and lightest in the industry, designed to ease the burden of installing long-range submarine cable systems.

Huawei Marine also selected submarine fibre-optic cable from NSW Cable Company, part of General Cable, for the project.

Ian Douglas, CEO of Global Marine Systems said:  “We are extremely pleased that our services have been selected for this prestigious project, which requires significant skill in terms of depth and distance, and we very much look forward to continuing our work with our joint venture partner, Huawei Marine Networks.”

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