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Arctic SATCOM moves into the spotlight

7th June 2021 - 13:30 GMT | by Andrew White in London

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The OneWeb gateway in Svalbard, Norway. (Photo: OneWeb/Kongsberg Satellite Services).

​Countries in the Arctic region are positioning themselves to maximise levels in connectivity across the High North, as their armed forces look to assert influence across the strategically important region.

Historically, the Arctic has suffered from poor communications thanks partly to a lack of fixed infrastructure and hard-to-reach geostationary satellites positioned over the Equator.

However, emerging and groundbreaking technologies mean that Arctic nations (Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the United States) can now consider alternative communication solutions to satisfy the requirement of armed forces operating across the region. 

On 2 June 2021, for instance, OneWeb and Finnish state-run security network provider Erillisverko demonstrated low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite connectivity to Finnish government agencies, providing an example of how to support the operational requirements of multiple government agencies …

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