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Cinia and NORDUnet aim to position the Nordic as part of the new digital superhighway

News 22.9.2016

Helsinki, 20.9.2016 - NORDUnet, a collaboration between the National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) of the five Nordic countries, and intelligent connectivity company Cinia Group have made a network sharing arrangement, which aims to benefit the Nordic business and science society. The co-operation will provide better services and create new opportunities for scientific organisations, government bodies, and public and private enterprises.

Both NORDUnet and Cinia emphasize Nordic cooperation and synergies for the wider network coverage and points of presence in the Nordics. Also, new points of presence are actively sought in areas such as scientific research, meteorology, use of supercomputers, and data centre development.

“It is utterly important for Nordic business and science society that one of the new digital superhighways between Europe and Asia will pass through Nordics and Finland. With the signed arrangement Cinia and NORDunet have agreed to join their forces to create new international information backbone routes,” says Cinia’s CEO Ari-Jussi Knaapila.

“The eastern part of Nordics has been an isolated endpoint in various maps. Cinia’s new C-Lion1 network expansion has opened a new great Northern opportunity. We want to make joint proposals for our stakeholders in order to build and develop more routes, wider connectivity, and new systems with both terrestrial and sea-cable systems,” says CEO René Buch from NORDUnet.

NORDUnet and Cinia have agreed that both parties may utilize the other’s network and provide network sharing arrangements in order to give the stakeholders a chance to benefit from wider coverage and better redundancy.

For more information: Ari-Jussi Knaapila, CEO, Cinia Group, phone: +358 50179 , email:
René Buch, CEO, NORDunet, phone: +45 3119 1400 , email:

About Cinia Group
Cinia Group creates intelligent connectivity solutions that make the world smaller and your business smarter. We have over 10,000 km of own backbone and we are building international connectivity and sea cable connecting the East and the West. With over 200 own professionals we design, build and operate nationally critical systems in open system environment serving many major traffic and energy distribution operators. We have a strategic ambition to build and expand Cloud Backbone to fuel Single Digital Market in Europe and offer system solutions created for private and public sector customers.

About NORDUnet
NORDUnet is a collaboration between the National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) of the five Nordic countries; – Denmark (DeIC), Iceland (RHnet), Norway (UNINETT), Sweden (SUNET), and Finland (Funet). NORDUnet operates a world-class network and e-infrastructure service for the Nordic R&E community. The five NRENs develop and operate the national research network infrastructures, connecting more than 400 research & education institutions with more than 1.2M users. NORDUnet and the Nordic NRENs continuously work to further develop leading edge services and to push the technology envelope. NORDUnet provides global network connectivity, and is a key contributor to international partnerships such as GÉANT, the ANA collaboration and the Global Network Architecture (GNA). For additional information, please visit