Greenland Connect

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Landing point in Iceland

Greenland Connect is a submarine communications cable system that connects Canada, Greenland, and Iceland.[1] The cable contains two fibre pairs specified for 128*10 Gbit/s wavelength each. Initial lit capacity is 1*10 Gbit/s for each fibre pair. Two additional 10 Gbit/s Wavelength were installed in the summer of 2010. The cable has cable landing points at:

At its endpoints, the cable is colocated with the "DANICE" cable in Iceland and the Eastlink (formerly Persona Communications) "Trans-Gulf" cable in Newfoundland [1]. Together these cables interconnects the networks of major carriers in Europe and North America. The operator of this cable is TELE Greenland as part of its "4,800-km fibre optic network between Iceland and Greenland and between Greenland and Newfoundland and Labrador."[2]

Cable was laid from Trinity Bay, Newfoundland to Greenland by the "Maersk Responder" supported by the "Blue Castor" during July to October 2008 and from Landeyjarsandur to Greenland by the "Ile de Sein" supported by the "Ile de Brehat"

The cable was put in operation on March 23, 2009, and instantly reduced internet latency by approximately 500 ms in Nuuk.

Greenland Connect North[edit]

In April 2016 the board of TELE-POST announced a decision for an extension of the sea cable along the west coast of Greenland from Nuuk towards Aasiaat.[3] Later in 2016 it was announced that Tele Greenland had partnered with Alcatel-Lucent[4] and Huawei Marine[5] to both upgrade the existing Greenland Connect cable from 1.92T to 12.8T as well as deploy a 680 km extension called Greenland Connect North.

The Greenland Connect North cable has landing points at:

The cable reached Aasiaat on 8 October 2017.[6] Services using the new cable launched on 11 December 2017.[7]


  1. ^ Network map of Greenland Connect provided by TELE Greenland Archived 2015-02-02 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-05-23. Retrieved 2015-11-20.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Søkabel forlænges mod nord". 15 April 2016. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Greenland's TELE-POST and Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks to extend existing submarine infrastructure towards the Arctic Ocean". Nokia Networks. 28 September 2017. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  5. ^ "Huawei Marine Partners with Tele Greenland to Deploy 100G Submarine Network in the Arctic". Huawei. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Afsluttende fase i forlængelsen af søkablet". Sermitsiaq. 11 October 2017. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Hurtigere internet til 80% af landet". TELE-POST. 11 December 2017. Retrieved 11 December 2017.

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