Strengthening the backbone connectivity of EU 


The vital functions of the modern society rely on robust and reliable networks and digital services. The basis for these services are redundant and secure backbone networks. The current geopolitical situation has increased the need of sovereign and reliable communications within European Union Member states and its strategic partners.

The objectives of Northern EU Gateways project

The objectives of the Northern EU Gateways project is to significantly improve the backbone connectivity, offer alternative routes and increase cyber security in a strategically important region in Europe and to strengthen the EU's links with third countries.

The Project will continue the preparations of three new cable investments: Far North Fiber (FNF) and C-Lion2 (CL2), and Terrestrial Backbone Finland (TBF).

The project will also analyze the feasibility of cable options between Northern Europe, Canada, United States and Japan, passing through the Arctic region, from different perspectives, e.g. technical, commercial and/or legislative.


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The Northern EU Gateways project meets the objectives and call of the CEF Digital 2021 multiannual work programme. Digital infrastucture, that is planned within the project, will be accessible to all operators on a non-discriminatory basis.

The benefits of the project for EU and its member states

  • Construction of completely new, high-speed and high-capacity backbone networks
  • The significant improvement of the existing backbone networks
  • Strengthening the quality of connectivity in terms of resilience, cybersecurity, redundancy, and latency
  • Strengthening the EU's links with third countries as trading and research partners
  • Supporting the achievement of the EU's HPC2 targets by providing terabit per second (Tbit/s) connections
  • Strengthening the competitive position of EU’s data economy enterprises

Key Facts

  • Project name: NORTHERN EU GATEWAYS - Planning of development of the autonomous digital backbone and connecting Europe with global strategic partners

  • Project acronym: 21-EU-DIG-NORTHERN EU GATEWAYS

  • Project duration: 12 months
    Starting: 1.1.2023
    Ending: 31.12.2023
  • Total budget: 7,3 M€

EN Co-Funded by the EU_NEG


Contact information

Pertti Hyvärinen
Cinia Oy

Jørgen Qvist