During the coming year, network infrastructure provider GlobalConnect will lay a fiber-optic connection from the far north of Sweden to Berlin, Germany. The fiber cable will help secure high-speed connectivity and capacity to new and existing customers in the region. It is also intended to future-proof the Nordics as an attractive area for global tech industry investments.
The fiber project would primarily cater to GlobalConnect’s wholesale business, GlobalConnect Carrier, targeting the high-capacity needs of carriers, systems integrators, and tech giants.
“This is the largest digital infrastructure project we’ve seen in the Nordics in recent years,” said Regina Donato Dahlström, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GlobalConnect Carrier. “Robust and future-proof infrastructure for high-capacity data is crucial to global technology companies looking at the Nordics as a potential area of establishment.”
Mega Capacity Fiber Cable
A number of the world’s top technology businesses have established data centers in the Nordic area, which provides natural cooling due to its location in the northern hemisphere, easy access to renewable energy sources, lots of space and a robust infrastructure.
The backbone fiber cable used in this project can handle three million times more data than standard cables commonly used to connect private households, according to GlobalConnect. In order to send and receive enormous volumes of data from the Nordics to Europe and beyond, this sort of mega capacity fiber cable is required.
“Building this high-capacity freeway is an important step on our journey, becoming the leading digital infrastructure provider in Northern Europe,” said Martin Lippert, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GlobalConnect Group. “We want to offer a natural gateway to the Nordics, which is becoming increasingly important as the need for connectivity keeps increasing by the minute in all parts of society.”
GlobalConnect has an 84,000km fiber network and 27,000sqm data centers in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Germany, and Finland. The company employs roughly 1,700 employees. Broadnet, GlobalConnect, and IP-Only have merged to become GlobalConnect Group in 2019 and 2020.