Magadan, July 23, 2015. — Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation reports that constructing of underwater communication bands Magadan — Sakhalin — Kamchatka has started. Total length of communication bands will count nearly 1855 kilometers, project capacity counts 400 Gbit/s with options for expending up to 7 Tit/s. New communication bands will cover important regions of Russian Far East with modern telecom services. Dmitry Alkhazov, Deputy Minister of Telecom and Mass Communications, Vladimir Pecheny, Governor of Magadan Oblast, representatives of Rostelecom and Huawei visited cable laying vessel Cable Innovator.
Inhabited locality Ola, located on the coast of Magadan Oblast was initial point of constructing. Cable will be constructed under the Sea of Okhotsk with penetration in the bottom up to one and a half meters. Constructing length will count nearly 930 kilometers from inhabited locality Ola to Okha village, located on the northeastern coast of Sakhalin and nearly the same distance to Kamchatka Krai. Landfall will be in the village Ust-Bolsheretsk.
It is planned to place the object in commissioning in summer 2016.
In 2014 Rostelecom carried out open competition on selection of equipment producer, supplier of services and materials and for execution of works for the project Magadan — Sakhalin — Kamchatka. Chinese company Huawei won this competition. Estimated costs of the project count nearly 3 billion rubles. Huawei Marine affiliated company of Huawei will carry out constructing works.
These underwater bands will reduce route of communication bands to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky up to four times compared to existing ground route, which is constructed through deserted land in permafrost zone and bad climate conditions. New communications bands will provide modern telecom services in short terms and significantly increase number of citizens of Russian Far East using these services.
Such projects positively affect tariffs of modern telecom services. In 2012 underwater communication band Sakhalin-continent with total length of 8 kilometers was placed in commissioning and helped to halve flat rates of broadband Internet access.
“Strategic goal of Minsvyaz is to increase availability of broadband Internet access throughout Russia, including remote regions,” said Dmitry Alkhazov, “Constructing of underwater communications bands under the sea of Okhotsk is the largest project that will help to eliminate digital inequality in two regions of Far East — Magadan Oblast and Kamchatka.”
“We are happy to implement best global experience in Russia, new communications bands will ensure highest quality of telecom services in Far East,” added Wan Biao, Director General of Huawei in Russia.
Construction of underwater communication bands is being carried out by special vessel DPS-2 designed for constructing of underwater cable and other marine operations — Cable Innovator. Total length of the vessel is 145.5 meters, width is 24 meters and height is 13.5 meters. It was constructed in 1995. 8.5 thousand tones of cable can be stored in the vessel.