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Undersea internet cables connect Pacific islands to the world. But geopolitical tension is tugging at the wires

By Amanda H A Watson, Research Fellow, Department of Pacific Affairs, Australian National University
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If you’ve ever emailed a resort in Fiji or Vanuatu about that long-awaited holiday, it’s likely your email travelled through an undersea internet cable. Such cables carry much of the internet traffic around the globe, in conjunction with underground fibre connections, satellites and microwave links.

For Pacific Island countries, undersea internet cables can be crucial. The number of Pacific Island countries with such connections has increased substantially in…


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