The first true Polar submarine fiber system in industry history was installed in 2017. Previous systems, such as Svalbard, had only ever brushed the Arctic region. At 1,200 kilometers over 6 landing points, Quintillion Subsea Phase 1 marked the first successful and fully Arctic submarine fiber system in the world.
Interest in Polar projects has been at an all-time high the past few years, as cable developers are looking to take advantage of the dramatically shorter routes that can be achieved through the Arctic Circle. The Quintillion Subsea system has proven that a fully Polar system can be done for future systems that look to tackle this particularly difficult region.
Polar systems have particular challenges to overcome during their development cycle, and only have small windows of time throughout the year during which work can be accomplished. This both extends the development timeline and increases the cost.
8.7.2 Future Systems
Table 16: Polar Planned Systems