Massive Infrastructure Backbone Project Opened

Telia’s subsidiary Skanova finished the new Swedish fiber project Skanova Backbone North. The 1250 km (777 miles) long cable between Örebro, Östersund, and Luleå took 3 years to build. The total cost of more than 44 million USD makes it one of the largest investments in digitization of Sweden.


Backbone North complements the current infrastructure in The Power Region and provides another route to the redundant mix of high-capacity cables to the region, supporting the data center plans and it strengthens the local infrastructure. The robust redundant system and availability of dark fiber strengthen The Power Region’s position as the prime data center location in the Nordics.

Construction of the project started in 2014 and made the 1250 km (777 miles) long cable passes varying terrain and rivers. The cable is dug completely underground and even river are drilled under to avoid risks as bridge collapses and floods. The longest stretch drilled under a river is over 400 m (1300 ft) long. The cable does not follow other routes in northern Sweden to guarantee the high safety of the overall system.

At most, more than 100 workers were involved in the new digital highway at the same time. Telia invested more than 400 million SEK (44 million USD) – it is the largest investments in digital infrastructure in Sweden since early 2000’s.

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