Arelion (formerly Telia Carrier) has completed its backbone route expansion in Norway. The additional fiber route is designed to bring a new level of resilience, capacity and diversity for connections between Norway and the rest of the world, via continental Europe. Telia was awarded the contract to build a new subterranean Internet route for Norway by the Norwegian Communications Authority in July 2020, with the goal of providing greater resilience in the event of a serious incident impacting connectivity, and ensuring the future connectivity needs of the region could be met. The 750km fiber route runs from Oslo, Norway to Esbjerg, Denmark where it joins the wider Arelion pan-European network. It also includes two new PoP (points of presence) locations, in Bulk Fiber Networks’ OS-IX DC in Oslo and Bulk Fiber Networks’ N01 DC in Kristiansand. Services available through Arelion on the new route include IP, Wavelength and Ethernet offerings. One section of the new route employs the HAVSIL subsea cable, that was built by Bulk Fiber Networks. Elise K. Lindeberg, director, Security Department at the Norwegian Communications Authority, said: ‘This new secure route for electronic communications, which was awarded to Arelion, will help Norway address its growing and diverse traffic needs to Europe and provide increased connection security for our nation, in the event of serious incidents occurring.’ Staffan Göjeryd, CEO at Arelion said: ‘Resilient and secure connectivity across the globe has never been more important. Ensuring Norway’s access to the internet through this new, diverse route to the European continent really embodies our company mission, to keep the world connected.