Experts of the CPMRI Center for the Development of Underwater Fiberoptic Transmission Lines (UFTL), Andrey Petrukhov and Sergey Mamlin, have made a report at the II Conference “Communications in the Russian North”, which took place in Moscow on September 3-4 under the auspices of the “Connect” publishing house and with the support and participation of federal executive state bodies, region administrations and communications providers.

In the joint report the Institute’s experts talked about the history of underwater communications lines development in Russia and the world, beginning with the XIX century, and about modern Russian specifics – lines already established and in project development.

Andrey Petrukhov and Sergey Mamlin paid special attention to the positive experience of Russian companies in the field of constructing UFTLs in the 1990s and until the present day.

The report focused on a review of realized UFTL projects on the territory of the Russian Federation, prospective projects, the main stages of UFTL project realization, including the stages of sea surveys, coast, near-shore and sea work, as well as typological diagrams of UFTL construction and necessary technical means – special line-construction ships, line-cable making machines and underwater cable ploughs.

The report generated a lot of interest from the audience due to its relevancy: modern underwater lines are capable of solving many communications problems in the Arctic region. CPMRI experts suggested the possibility of constructing UFTLs as an alternative to land fiberoptic communications lines in the North.

The experts of the research Institute of the Communist party proposed to consider the possibility of laying UFTL alternatively, terrestrial fiber-optic communication lines in the North.

“In the engineering and technological senses, the construction of underwater communications lines is an expensive and difficult venture, being a complex research, engineering and construction problem, on the solution for which specialists from many different fields are working. However, thanks to the high anti-interference capacity, wide transmission region, low noise level, economic efficiency, a high level of protection from unauthorized access and other advantages, all the expenses are justified,” the CPMRI experts explain.