Uninett contracts with Global Marine Systems for Arctic Circle subsea cable system installation

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For Immediate Release

Uninett contracts with Global Marine Systems for Arctic Circle subsea cable system installation

Cable to service the research community of Ny-Ålesund

Trondheim – 21 October, 2013 – Uninett, a non-profit company delivering telecom and data network connections to Norwegian universities and research institutions, has announced Global Marine Systems as the contracted provider of a new subsea cable that will service the research community of Ny- Ålesund.

Uninett’s high speed research and education network connects more than 200 Norwegian educational and research institutions and their more than 300,000 users, and links them to international research networks. The Ny-Ålesund research station supports earth and life scientists and is part of an international research community that includes stations owned by Norway, Germany, Japan, Italy, France and the UK. The station is the world’s northern most research community.

Global Marine Systems, a company that specializes in the installation and maintenance of subsea cables, previously installed the world’s most northerly commercial fibre optic cable. The company has unparalleled expertise in cable routing, system engineering and cable protection requirements in the arctic environment.

“Global Marine, with its expertise in provision of cable networks in difficult environments, was a natural choice for the Ny-Ålesund contract,” stated Helge Stranden, Uninett’s Project Manager. “The company has demonstrated their unequaled ability to support cable routing decisions and to provide cable installation services within the challenges this network presents in this high-latitude location.”

“Global Marine Systems has a great track record installing subsea cable systems in the Arctic Circle, having previously installed cables from the Svalbard archipelago to the Norwegian mainland,” stated Andrew Lloyd, Director of Installation for Global Marine Systems. “We have a strong appreciation for the unique challenges presented in connecting one of the world’s northernmost settlements, and look forward to working with Uninett in the successful expansion of the research network to the Ny-Ålesund station.”

About Global Marine Systems

Global Marine Systems, Ltd. is a leading provider of engineering and underwater services, responding to the subsea cable installation, maintenance and burial requirements of our customers around the world. With a fleet of vessels and specialized subsea trenching and burial equipment, we bring a 160 year legacy in deep and shallow water cable operations. Global Marine offers cost effective solutions with consistently high service standards.

For media enquiries please contact:
Anne Dellos LeBoutillier
Ph: +65-6513-1305
anne.leboutillier@globalmarinesystems.com www.globalmarinesystems.com

About Uninett

UNINETT AS is the parent company of the UNINETT Group, and develops and operates the Norwegian national research and education network, a high-capacity computer network interconnecting about 200 Norwegian educational and research institutions and more than 300 000 users, as well as giving them access to international research networks.

The company supplies a range of services connected with the research network, among other things in the fields of identity management, purchasing co-operation, mobility, network management and security. UNINETT carries on innovation and development work in its technical fields and is involved in a wide range of activities internationally. For further information: https://www.uninett.no/en/about- uninett

For enquiries please contact: Helge Stranden
Ph: +47 7355 7900
helge.stranden@uninett.no www.uninett.no/en



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