As one of the world’s most remote locations, Longyearbyen, in Svalbard, may not be the obvious setting for advanced digital services but, thanks to the installation of fibre optic cables, the town now has an internet speed almost three times as fast as the international average!
Longyearbyen is the world’s northernmost town and home to more polar bears than people so, it may seem like a strange place to trial the instillation of fibre optic cables. What attracted the installers, however, was Longyearbyen’s compact nature and its resident businesses which meant that the internet solution had to suit a variety of domestic and commercial requirements.
Costing over £1 million, the installation means that, behind Japan and Hong Kong, Svalbard now leads the way in household internet speeds.
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