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Undersea Cable Connecting Norway With Arctic Satellite Station Has Been Mysteriously Severed
The Drive ^ | 01 10 2022 | Thomas Newdick

Posted on 01/11/2022 6:31:51 PM PST by yesthatjallen

An undersea fiberoptic cable located between mainland Norway and the Svalbard archipelago in the Arctic Ocean has been put out of action in a still-mysterious incident. The outage on the subsea communications cable — the furthest north of its kind anywhere in the world — follows an incident last year in which different cables linking an undersea surveillance network off the Norwegian coast were severed, a story that we covered in detail at the time.

The latest disruption involves one of two fiberoptic cables that enable communications between the Norwegian mainland and Norwegian-administered Svalbard that lies between the mainland and the North Pole. The outage occurred on the morning of January 7, but was first widely reported yesterday. The extent of the damage is not clear from the official press release from Space Norway, the country's space agency, which maintains the cables primarily in support of the Svalbard Satellite Station (SvalSat), but it is significant enough that it is expected to require the services of an ocean-going cable-laying vessel.

In addition to the SvalSat facilities, the fiber-optic cables provide broadband internet to Svalbard. The SvalSat site consists of more than 100 satellite antennas on a mountain plateau and is the largest commercial ground station of its kind.

Being located between mainland Norway and the North Pole means that SvalSat is in much demand with operators of polar-orbiting satellites, being one of only two ground stations from which data can be downloaded from these types of satellites on each of the Earth’s rotations.

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KEYWORDS: 202201; 20220107; cable; cables; communications; internet; nato; norway; polarorbit; sabotage; satellites; underseacable; underseacables
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09JAN22 - Flag of NorwaySvalbard Undersea Cable System outage

"#SpaceNorway reports one of their two cables linking Longyearbyen and Svalsat Satellite station in Svalbard with continental Flag of Norway was cut Friday

Remaining cable fully operational, - redundancy"

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1 posted on 01/11/2022 6:31:51 PM PST by yesthatjallen
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To: yesthatjallen

Russians

Israel

Usa

China

Those are my guesses, not necessarily in any order


2 posted on 01/11/2022 6:34:41 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: yesthatjallen
Satellite antennas here at Svalbard are linked to mainland Norway via two subsea fiberoptic cables.

Disruption at one of two undersea cables to Svalbard There is no redundant between the Arctic archipelago and mainland Norway after loss of power in the area where the fiberoptic cable follows the seabed down to a depth of 2,700 meters in the Greenland Sea.

3 posted on 01/11/2022 6:37:22 PM PST by Diogenesis (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: yesthatjallen

The cable was probably severed because of Climate Change.

Everything bad that happens anywhere is caused by either Trump or Climate Change. And I don’t think Trump is involved here.


4 posted on 01/11/2022 6:38:14 PM PST by Leaning Right (The steal is real.)
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To: yesthatjallen

Not just the furthest north, but the furthest north of its kind anywhere in the world!


5 posted on 01/11/2022 6:38:52 PM PST by Fester Chugabrew (No nation that sanctions the wholesale slaughter of its unborn citizens is fit to endure.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Would this satellite station provide data on Ukraine and the Russian forces surrounding it?

That’s my guess. Russia and motive is Ukraine.


6 posted on 01/11/2022 6:38:52 PM PST by DannyTN
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To: yesthatjallen

Those damn Killer Whales.


7 posted on 01/11/2022 6:40:01 PM PST by mass55th ("Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway." ~~ John Wayne )
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To: Secret Agent Man

You left the Kraken off of your list.


8 posted on 01/11/2022 6:40:07 PM PST by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: Leaning Right

Alien invasion approach route secured.


9 posted on 01/11/2022 6:41:08 PM PST by CTyank
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To: Secret Agent Man

Someone went through a lot of trouble to cut these off.


10 posted on 01/11/2022 6:41:19 PM PST by drSteve78 (Je suis Deplorable. STILL)
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To: Secret Agent Man

My guess: the Russkies practicing for more significant cable cuts elsewhere.


11 posted on 01/11/2022 6:41:42 PM PST by Carl Vehse (A proud member of the LGBFJB community)
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To: Leaning Right
The cable was probably severed because of Climate Change.

No, it died of Covid.

12 posted on 01/11/2022 6:41:59 PM PST by PAR35
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13 posted on 01/11/2022 6:42:32 PM PST by SecondAmendment (This just proves my latest theory ... LEFTISTS RUIN EVERYTHING !!!)
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To: Leaning Right

Remember those halcyon days when everything bad that happened was Bush’s fault?


14 posted on 01/11/2022 6:42:47 PM PST by Radix (Politicians; the Law and the Profits. )
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To: yesthatjallen

Seismic activity often plays a role in these kinds of incidents. The seafloor is over 8,000 ft deep in some areas that the cable traverses. Lots of stuff can happen at that depth. No submarines can go that deep so unless they announce at what depth it was disrupted speculation that it was man made activity is just that - speculation.


15 posted on 01/11/2022 6:48:06 PM PST by 43north (Its hard to stop a man when he knows he's right and he keeps on comin'.)
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To: yesthatjallen

Couldn’t have anything to do with the Russian sub that ran over a British destroyers towed sonar array now could it?

Inquiring minds want to know. It’s an act of war if it happened.

Of course the Russians are still salty that we had a recording device on one of their cables for many years and intercepted massive amounts of info as a result.


16 posted on 01/11/2022 6:49:16 PM PST by ping jockey (Want to make a conservative mad,tell him a lie.Want to makye a liberal lose his mind?Tell him Truths)
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To: 43north

i call double B S on your assessment.


17 posted on 01/11/2022 6:51:10 PM PST by ping jockey (Want to make a conservative mad,tell him a lie.Want to makye a liberal lose his mind?Tell him Truths)
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To: yesthatjallen

The Russians have lost another submarine?/movie


18 posted on 01/11/2022 6:52:28 PM PST by SaveFerris (The Lord, The Christ and The Messiah: Jesus Christ of Nazareth - http://www.BiblicalJesusChrist.Com/)
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To: mass55th
Those damn Killer Whales.

Maybe one named Stacey?

19 posted on 01/11/2022 7:00:08 PM PST by 17th Miss Regt
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To: yesthatjallen

I am guessing that they are glad to be good customers of Elon,

Hopefully Starlink has essential connectivity functions covered.


20 posted on 01/11/2022 7:00:32 PM PST by algore
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