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Bulgaria supports improving the EU's communication connectivity by building submarine cables

Deputy Minister Berkovski participates in the Council of Ministers
10.03.2022

In the current unstable geopolitical context, Bulgaria supports the development of the European Union's international communication connectivity through the construction of submarine cables. This was stated by Deputy Minister of Transport and Communications Dilyan Berkovski during his participation in an informal council of ministers under the auspices of the French Presidency, format: "Transport, Telecommunications and Energy". Bulgaria is preparing projects for additional connections across the Black Sea with neighboring countries.

"The deployment of more new and independent support routes and infrastructures increases the resilience of the Internet, as new alternative routes are being built along which data can be transmitted in the event of an attack or accident. We are ready to work with the Member States and the European Commission to design a mandatory system for reporting interruptions by submarine cable operators. We are also interested in implementing the EU-Baltic-Black Sea data portal platform and local connectivity projects in the Eastern Partnership countries, "said Deputy Minister Berkovski.

99% of global internet traffic passes through submarine cables, ministers said during the forum. By 2021, 436 submarine cables with a total length of 1.2 million km are in operation. The sustainability and security of this infrastructure is crucial, especially in times of crisis management, when electronic communications networks are crucial for the dissemination and retrieval of information.