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PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY, August 13. /TASS/. The first 500 km of the subsea fiber optic communication cable from Magadan to Sakhalin were laid in the Sea of Okhotsk, press service of Russia’s Rostelecom said on Thursday.
"Cable Innovator cable laying vessel completed laying 500 km of the subsea communications cable. The vessel steel has to lay 436 km more to complete work in the segment from Ola Settlement [Magadan Region] to Okha [Sakhalin], Rostelecom said.
The cable is laid using a special plough remotely operated from the vessel. Laying of the cable line from Magadan to Sakhalin is scheduled to be completed in the first decade of September, followed by laying of the second cable segment from Sakhalin to Kamchatka.
"Construction of the onshore fiber-optic lines in Magadan and Sakhalin Regions is concurrently underway," Rostelecom said.
The new subsea fiber-optic communication line will connect Sakhalin with Magadan and Kamchatka regions. Its total length will be over 2,000 km. Maximal system capacity is 400 Gbps in each destination with an increase option up to 8 Tbps. The facility is scheduled for commissioning in June 2016.