Tampnet partners with Nexans and Cecon for their new Norfest system

Tampnet chooses Nexans for their New Diverse Subsea Cable linking Norway and Sweden

Tampnet partners with Nexans and Cecon Contracting to build a significant subsea fibre optic cable system, staying ahead of growing market demands for connectivity

Oslo, Norway – 23 November 2022 - Nexans, a global organisation and key driver for the world’s transition to a more connected and sustainable future, today announces it begins manufacturing Norfest™, Tampnet’s new subsea fibre cable, linking Norway and Sweden. Tampnet is a leading provider of high capacity and latency-critical connectivity between the Nordics and Europe. Nexans is partnering with both Tampnet and Cecon Contracting to build this significant subsea fibre optic cable system. The new build enables connectivity within the Nordics and on to the rest of Europe, continuously supporting rapid data centre growth throughout the region.

The Norfest™ cable will be a fully buried, 749 km system with 9 landings for interconnection to carriers, other subsea cables and data centre facilities, expanding and strengthening network access along the route. These operators will be able to ensure resiliency and much needed additional capacity. The work of planning, permitting and engineering the system has already begun. The first portion of the offshore route survey was completed in September, 2022.

Nexans has commenced cable manufacturing of the 48 and 96 fibre-pair cable which will be ready for handover to Cecon Contracting for installation in June 2023.


“Subsea cables are the backbone of connectivity, and we are proud to be a part of Tampnet’s initiative to bring increased resiliency and capacity to the Nordics and Europe through the company’s Norfest™ subsea cable system,” 

“This build and installation of a completely diverse subsea cable is necessary to empower data centre operators throughout both regions and beyond.”

- Krister Granlie, VP Submarine Telecom & Special Cables, Nexans.

“Cecon Contracting AS is pleased to apply our specialist cable lay capabilities to  Tampnet’s project, which will add significant subsea fibre optic cable capacity linking data centres in Norway and Sweden, says Jo Braadlie, MD in Cecon. “Cecon Contracting is looking forward to completing this major project together with our friends at Tampnet and make the project a great success for all parties involved.”

“At Tampnet, we have always had our customer’s requirements at the top of our priorities. We’ve been investing in our network and this region for over 21 years, and this investment secures the next 21 years with reliable, scalable and completely diverse fibre between key locations in Norway and Sweden,” says Elie Hanna, CEO of Tampnet. “The Tampnet team is proud to add Norfest™ to our existing footprint. With this route, we stay ahead of future bandwidth demands and improve the communications network of the region.”

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The Norfest™ Network


About Nexans
For over a century, Nexans has played a crucial role in the electrification of the planet and is committed to electrifying the future. With around 25,000 people in 42 countries, the Group is leading the charge to the new world of electrification: safe, sustainable, renewable, decarbonized and accessible to everyone. In 2021, Nexans generated 6.1 billion euros in standard sales. The Group is a leader in the design and manufacturing of cable systems and services across five main business areas: Energy Generation & Transmission, Distribution, Usages, Industry & Solutions and Telecom & Data. Nexans was the first company in its industry to create a Foundation supporting sustainable initiatives bringing access to energy to disadvantaged communities worldwide. The Group pledged to contribute to carbon neutrality by 2030.

Nexans. Electrify the future.

Nexans is listed on Euronext Paris, compartment A.

For more information, please visit www.nexans.com 

About Cecon Contracting
Headquartered in Oslo, Cecon was established in 2005 as a global offshore contractor delivering offshore/subsea installation services to offshore oil and gas Industries, renewables industries and the telecommunications industry.
Cecon has developed proprietary technology for installing submarine telecommunications systems, for both repeated and unrepeated networks. Our strength is in delivering turnkey projects that offer the most effective installation solution of simultaneous cable lay and burial.

For more information, please visit www.ceconcontracting.no 

About Tampnet Carrier
Tampnet Carrier is a subsidiary of Tampnet, the largest offshore network provider. Operating since 2001, Tampnet is headquartered in Stavanger, Norway. Tampnet Carrier solutions are delivered based on the company's foundational tenets: availability, quality, and security.
Tampnet Carrier’s unique network routes pass through eight countries, connecting over 40 core data centres across 12 markets throughout Europe and the United States. The company’s dual path capability between Norway and Europe is its key differentiator, providing diverse routing through Great Britain and via Sweden and Denmark. The company’s high-speed terrestrial and subsea network between Norway and Europe enables low latency, highly reliable and secure connectivity solutions for the most demanding network customers.

Tampnet is dedicated to contributing to a carbon neutral future. Implementing various internal initiatives to support these goals, Tampnet is upgrading legacy infrastructure to more energy efficient 4G and 5G technology. Through their network, Tampnet enables offshore industry to digitalize operations for safer, more efficient facilities, with LTE, NB-IoT and private networks to support wireless sensors for condition monitoring, predictive maintenance, and remote operations. In creating new, high quality route alternatives, Tampnet is improving accessibility to new, carbon neutral data centres in the Nordics, designing the services to meet the capacity and latency demands of the future.

For more information, please visit www.tampnet.com 

For more information about Norfest, please contact:

Marketing & Communications Manager
Kathryn McDaid
Tel.: +47 913 36 155
Email: norfest@tampnet.com 

For more information about Nexans services, please contact:

Head of External Communications & Industry Affairs
Kristin Hessan
Tel.: +47 908 74 208
Email: kristin.hessen@nexans.com 

For more information about Cecon Contracting, please contact:

Project Manager
Graham Medhurst
Tel.: +47 94 84 39 24
Email: post@cecon.no