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The subsea cable cut at Svalbard January 2022: What happened, what were the consequences, and how were they managed?

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Svalbard is, like most other societies, largely dependent on an internet connection. The fiber connection on Svalbard consists of two separate subsea cables that connect Longyearbyen to the mainland. In some areas the cables were buried about two meters below the seabed, especially in areas where fishing is done, to “protect against destruction of the fishing fleet’s bottom trawling or anchoring of ships.

(New version uploaded 18 January 2023)
  • Published year: 2023
  • Publisher: Norwegian Institute of International Affairs
  • Page count: 4
  • Language: English
  • Volume: 1
  • Journal: NUPI Policy Brief