Money was about to pour out of the Internet, and anyone who had fiber was going to get some. Or so the thinking went in the early 2000s. In the end, it was the companies that hired out excavators to dig cable trenches that got rich. The ‘hiccup’ around 2002 put the brakes on for the rest of us. At the time it felt like a disaster, but looking back, it’s great that it happened. Imagine how long it would have taken to build the global Internet if it had only been done on sensible business cases.
Since then, there have been very few long distance builds. Carriers and Operators have made do with what they’ve got. It was therefore a rather bold decision when we, along with our sister company Skanova, decided to construct a new duct system more than 1200 km long to connect the far North of Sweden. Construction started in 2014. And on the 23rd of February, it will be officially opened (but between you and me, we’ve already got light in the cable).
This new route will be a big boost for Sweden’s journey towards digitalization. But it’s also a superhighway to the polar circle. Combine this with the recent slashing of the energy tax, and you’ve got the perfect recipe for cost-effective, self-cooling data centers.
It’s great news even if your traffic needs aren’t on mega data center scale. It’s going to drive a lot of new connectivity opportunities once it’s all fired up. Watch this space.
It’s also a great reminder of just how physical the Internet really is. Don’t believe me? Check this out!