Making Norway a Digital Winner with new International fiber optic connectivity

Feb 12th, 2019

Nordavind Data Center Sites intends build of a new fiber optic cable between Norway and Ireland, enabling regional Norway for Hyperscale, Cloud  and Enterprise data centers.

– “The Celtic Norse sea cable will enable regional Norway to connect its attractive sites and vast renewable power resources to Europe and America with better response times to Eastern Seaboard US than anywhere in the Nordic region”, says Development Director of Celtic Norse, Mr. Erling Aronsveen.

With the Desktop Study (DTS) already completed, Celtic Norse is now moving towards securing the anchor tenants and finalizing the finance package to complete survey and final build, with an operational system by third quarter 2021.

In Iceland, Vodafone IS is preparing a sea cable project between Iceland and Ireland. Vodafone and Nordavind have come to an agreement to investigate possible synergies between the two projects with the aim to cooperate among other towards potential cost sharing. This cooperation could open a new connectivity on the Norway – Iceland – Ireland triangle.

„We are very pleased with our agreement with Nordavind. Vodafone Iceland has been developing a project around a new fiber cable between Iceland and Ireland over the past 2 years. We believe there are significant benefits for a cooperation with Nordavind. Not only is significant section of the subsea lay the same, resulting in potential cost savings but the cable could further strengthen the Iceland-Norway cooperation as a new and joint cable project could provide the first direct fiber connection between Iceland and Norway”, says COO of Vodafone IS, Mr. Thorvardur Sveinsson.“The end game is to secure a leadership position for regional Norway in tech driven industries looking for vast renewable energy sources and top international connectivity. Celtic Norse will attract the big players in tech to new greenfield data center sites, as well as provide critical redundancy to Norway’s connection to the internet”, says Aronsveen.

Celtic Norse is being floated as a limited company, and final stages of financing is to be completed by third quarter 2019. Preliminary DTS was completed by Pelagian ltd of Swindon UK in October 2018. The next phase will be a more thorough study of some key elements and a full geological survey of the seabed to be commissioned as soon as possible.

The cable is planned to be ready for service (RFS) in 2021 and will drastically shorten the response times for data communications between Norway and the US. The Celtic Norse cable will enable direct connection to the transAtlantic AEC-1 cable between Killala Bay, County Mayo in the Republic of Ireland and Shirley, New York in the United States. Additionally, the cable will benefit from the other UK and US connectivity available in Ireland. The Celtic Norse cable is planned to land at Øysanden, in Melhus municipality in Norway, just south of the city of Trondheim. Onwards terrestrial connections going south to Oslo and mainland Europe, as well as spur cables linking Northern Norway to Celtic Norseis already in place.

Nordavind DC Sites AS develops data center locations in Eastern Norway, counties of C2 restricted – External permitted Oppland and Hedmark, and is a limited company owned by local municipalities, utility / power companies and land owners.



Nordavind / Celtic Norse:

Erling Aronsveen
International Sales Director Nordavind / Celtic Norse
Email: [email protected]
Phone.: +47 900 70 385

Vodafone Iceland:

Guðfinnur Sigurvinsson
Press and media spokesman Vodafone Iceland.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +354- 6699330

Lars Bjelvin
Press and media spokesman Eidsiva Energi AS
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +47 482 95 667

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