The economic value of submarine cables in the Arctic

Digital transformation is driving steady growth in the need for digital infrastructure to facilitate the transport of data. Data centres and digital connectivity are essential for enabling these data flows.

Increasingly, businesses, governments, and research institutions are relying on solutions that require the ability to transport data at high speed, reliability and resilience between continents. Yet existing European cables, for example to Asia, are relying on congested, expensive, and unstable routes.

Against this backdrop, NORDUnet asked us to analyse the societal impact of a digital cable from Northern Europe through the Arctic to Asia.

The main conclusions of our study are:

The study is commissioned by NORDUnet.