New high capacity digital highway to the continentSkagenfiber



Skagenfiber was established to build and operate two high speed fiber optic connections between Oslo, Norway and the European Continent.  Our 48 pair cables provide the highest quality and lowest latency dark fiber to national and international clients.


THE CABLES ARE PLANNED RFS MAY 2020


OUR VALUE PROPOSITION


There is currently no established market for dark fiber nationally in Norway – the current infrastructure is largely controlled by two large incumbents with numerous smaller operators.  To connect over any distance – and we have enough of that in Norway - you need a patch-work of independent connections.

International dark fiber not going through Sweden is very scarce and generally not commercially available.

  • We offer redundant dark fiber to end users, government, large / hyper scale data centers as well as telecom providers, existing and new.
  • We represent the shortest logical route from the main hub of Oslo to the European continent with low latency and a high degree of physical security.

NEW CONNECTIONS BETWEEN NORWAY AND CONTINENTAL EUROPE

THE NETWORK


Skagenfiber EAST traverses Oslo via Rygge to Fredrikshavn and Skagenfiber WEST traverses Oslo via Larvik to Hirtshals.

The cable is double armoured with steel securing 48 pairs of fiber. The fiber quality is wide spectre ULL (Ultra Low Loss) with less than < 0,18dB/km.

The sea bed between Norway and Denmark consists of large stretches of sand and mud.  This allows for the cables to be mostly buried to an average depth of 1.5 meters. This provides a solid measure of protection from physical interference – intentional or accidental



SPEED, SECURITY, DIVERSITY AND REDUNDANCY


Partnering


Via our continental partners, we will be able to offer dark fiber from Oslo to the major hubs in northern Europe such as Esbjerg, Hamburg, London and Amsterdam.


SUPPORTERS


Our cables have received universal encouragement and support from all levels of Government, the large data center operators, the University networks in Scandinavia and customers near and far.

24/7 – Security / VULNERABILITY


Digital networks represent critical infrastructure on par with power and water. Hardly any company, public service or even our homes and cars function without 24/7 online access.  24/7 requires redundancy at all levels and multiple access routes.  

Norway’s national infrastructure is quite good, albeit fragmented, but direct connections between Norway and the Continent are few and mostly quite old.  Almost all the international connections go via Sweden. Approximately 80% of all of Norway’s internet traffic takes the long, scenic route from Oslo to Stockholm and then through Copenhagen.   

This lack of alternatives creates vulnerability, security risks and higher than necessary latency. Norway simply has to establish additional international connections and the obvious and shortest route is from southern Norway to northern Denmark. 


Management



Geir Holmer – CEO / CFO


Geir has broad national and international experience spanning leadership, finance, advisory and change management. His focus has fallen primarily on the telecom and data centre industries as well as management consulting in the UK and Scandinavia.

He has held leadership positions with Virgin Media (Liberty Global) and Level 3 (CenturyLink) in the UK following two years with KPMG in Norway. Before joining Skagenfiber, Holmer was a partner in the London based JTD Associates Ltd.

Helge Gallefoss – Business Development


Helge is a «serial entrepreneur» having founded several companies in the internet and media space. He started Norway’s first internet consulting company in 1993 (Media Lab as).

He also co-founded the first internet shop in Norway – Online Club/Yatack, Network Computing, Workzone, Hospital IT etc. He has developed and patented solutions for cooling and power distribution in data centers and thrives on driving the development of digital infrastructure forwards.


Ola T Hox: Chairman and legal counsel


Ola is an international lawyer, entrepreneur and board executive. He has practiced law in the US and London as well as in Norway, has a Law Degree from the University of Oslo, New York Bar and an MBA from INSEAD.

As a partner in two of the largest law firms in Norway Ola has worked with equity and debt financings, IPOs, Venture Capital, M&A as well as start-ups. For the last 10 years he has been active as an executive board member in larger companies and with start-ups.

Rune Skow: CTO


Rune has worked extensively with telecom infrastructure and fiber for both data communications and mobile. He was the Director of Mobile in Sønnico/Eltel, led Telia’s "Net-Modernizing Program" rolling out 4G in all of Norway.

He also managed the upgrade of ADSL/VDSL in Norway for the two largest telcos as well as several other infrastructure projects for mobile, broadband and fiber and has held management positions in Alcatel, IBM, HIQ and NEXIA.