A communications company is installing a subsea fiber optics cable from Europe to Asia around North America through the Beaufort and Bering Seas. At various points along the main line branching units are installed to allow for branch legs to be laid to various villages along the coastline of Alaska. These branch legs will provide vital telecommunication service to remote communities and businesses. The villages include Nome, Kotzebue, Point Hope, Wainwright, Barrow and Oliktok Point (Purdhoe Bay). This paper will present the many problems and solutions associated with shore approaches in Arctic conditions.

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