Thursday, June 6, 2013

Arctic Connections: Broadband Coming to Top of the World

If a proposed project goes through, broadband could reach the Arctic between 2018 and 2020.


A Norwegian project aims to achieve the ambitious goal of bringing broadband to the Arctic.

A broadband network that could transmit large amounts of data over many channels would benefit the oil and gas industries, search-and-rescue operations and shipping traffic communications, among other things. The Norwegian Space Center Telenor and the Scandinavian company MARINTEK are proposing such a project to link up the far north.

Representatives from the space center and company met recently with potential Arctic broadband users to launch the project "ASK" (short for Arctic Satellite Communications, in Norwegian).

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