The Spitzbergen connects to the World Wide Web using two high-performance optical cables. Important satellite data is being transmitted on the wires, but now there is a serious breakdown. Longyearbyen, the archipelago’s capital, is located about 1,300 kilometers from the North Pole, but has much better internet access than many other settlements on Earth. This is mainly due to the fact that there are a number of satellite stations on the plateau above the town that look like they would be large golf balls. The satellites that are watching the planet can send their data to the surface any time they fly over Earth.
The two optical cables connected to the stations are 1375 and 1339 kilometers long, respectively. The wires transmit information first to the Norwegian mainland and then to all parts of the world. The systems are used by satellite operators around the world. However, since last week, one of the cables has lost its connection. The network operator Space Norway said saidthat the damage may have occurred somewhere between 130 and 230 kilometers from the city of Longyearbyen. There, the depth of the seabed suddenly decreases from 300 to 2,700 meters. It is not yet known what caused the problem, but it is certain that the error cannot be fixed quickly.
Space Norway stressed that the second optical cable will not be affected by the outage. Emilie Enger Mehl is Norwegian Minister of Justice and Emergency Management statedthat the service provider and its partners are working to identify the problem and find a solution.
Source: SG.hu Hírmagazin by sg.hu.
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