Demand grows for Internet in the Arctic

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Increased oil and gas activity in the Arctic is pushing up demand for Internet access. The Norwegian Space Center and state-controlled telecoms firm Telenor are responding by studying satellite-based solutions.

Internet coverage, though widespread in the northernmost areas of Norway, is poor north of  72 degrees latitude in the Barents and not available beyond 78-79 degrees north.

Newspaper Stavanger Aftenblad reported last week that the project “Arctic Satellite Communication” can change that, with Telenor Satellite Broadcasting and the space center exploring means of using two satellites set into a high orbit. staff