Cinia Group, a Finland-based designer, builder and operator of intelligent connectivity and ICT solutions, today reached the 200 kilometer milestone in the currently ongoing laying process of the new submarine Sea Lion data cable. The fiber optic 1,170-kilometer sea cable will provide a direct, low latency and cyber secure internet backbone connection between Finland and Germany, planned to be in operation in spring 2016.
Linking the busiest internet backbone nodes in Central Europe with Cinia’s existing countrywide data network in Finland, the new sea cable is expected to increase interest of data center operators and data intensive organizations to set up operations in Finland. The cable laying process began in Helsinki, Finland on October 12, 2015 and the scheduled time to reach the destination in Rostock, Germany is at the end of 2015. The cable laying process has progressed as planned, including successful installations of the first repeater and the first branching unit.
“The sea cable initiative builds the future of Finland based on our existing strengths,” said Mr. Eero Heliövaara, Director General at the Prime Minister’s Office. “A direct data connection between Finland and Central Europe is an important enabler of both domestic economic growth and international investments. Data traffic is expected to grow manifold within the next years, and the sea cable initiative opens up an opportunity for Finland to claim its position among the leading countries in the area of Industrial Internet.”
Cinia Group leads the Sea Lion initiative as the developer and builder of the submarine cable, and later as an open access network operator. The Finnish Government is an enabler and investor of the initiative together with institutional investors OP-Pohjola and Ilmarinen. Investments with equity and debt financing will total at approximately 100 million Euros. The sea cable initiative is designed to meet the commercial terms and moderate profitability as long term infrastructure investment, bringing also significant direct and indirect economic benefits such as decisions by international data center operators and data intensive organizations to locate their operations Finland.
“We expect the sea cable to help in bringing 2 to 3 billion Euros worth of private data center investments in Finland within the next 10 years”, said Mr. Ari-Jussi Knaapila, CEO at Cinia Group. “Even more important for the Finnish national economy is the opportunity to boost our own strong digital ecosystems.”
Customer demand for Sea Lion is proven by the recent investment by Hetzner Online and the announcement to connect sea cable with TeliaSonera´s new datacenter.
“With the sea cable, Cinia contributes to the Digital Single Market for Europe,” continued Mr. Knaapila. “We challenge all Finnish companies and new ventures in the planning stage to generate new wealth through global digitalization, based on this new world class data network connection.”
The Sea Lion submarine data network cable consisting of eight paired fiber optic cables was manufactured by Alcatel-Lucent in Calais, France. Totaling 1,170 kilometers in length and 3,355 tons in weight, the cable was shipped in Finland in the cargo hold of cable laying ship Ile de Brehat.