back to article Iceland starts planning for new undersea internet cable to Europe

Iceland has made public its plans to build a fourth undersea internet cable to Europe. While one Icelandic news outlet reported that this was because of "security reasons", the truth appears a bit more mundane. The North Atlantic island state wants to build a fourth cable to either the UK or Ireland, according to the country's …

  1. I ain't Spartacus Gold badge
    Happy

    Is this to solve the issues of lag in Jita?

    1. Loyal Commenter Silver badge

      Blame MiniFun

    2. Sekhen

      Obvious reference is obvious.

      Sorry, it won't.

      Since the galaxy far far away is in the UK last I checked.

      Fly Safe, For the State.

      1. Loyal Commenter Silver badge

        Re: Obvious reference is obvious.

        Good point, Tranquility is indeed in London.

  2. Dan 55 Silver badge

    The Internet treats Brexit as damage and routes around it

    I'd have thought the Iceland-Ireland route would be a shoe-in considering that the planning for the Celtic Interconnector has been speeded up due to Brexit and the British political class just showed us yet again only yesterday why it is not to be trusted.

    1. Steve Davies 3 Silver badge

      Re: The Internet treats Brexit as damage and routes around it

      Just wait for Ireland to put a 10% surcharge per bit on the traffic post BREXIT. WTO Rules you know!

      The same could apply for any UK-EU Data traffic. Some wags in London are already betting on this being imposed as even more punishment for wanting to leave the EU Titanic before it sinks.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: The Internet treats Brexit as damage and routes around it

        I think you're confusing it with the SS Britannic (don't worry, that sank too) also out of Belfast

    2. Daniel von Asmuth Bronze badge

      Re: The Internet treats Brexit as damage and routes around it

      A cable from Iceland through the UK to Ireland? May May put a backstop to that!

      1. Kastenbrust

        Re: The Internet treats Brexit as damage and routes around it

        Ireland refuses to be in NATO so having the cable go via the UK is very convenient for NATO / Five Eyes / GCHQ, the UK probably welcomes it.

      2. Muscleguy Silver badge

        Re: The Internet treats Brexit as damage and routes around it

        Though if Scotland becomes Independent as the polls showing mid 50's support post Brexit we could always lay an extra cable to Ireland and just leave Little Britain to your own devices. BTW the EU is building an HVDC interlink betwixt Aberdeen and Western Norway. Which means post Indy our vast and then much increasing renewable power excess can be sold elsewhere rather than just south of the Border as now. Meaning we can charge proper megabucks for it.

        BTW we can sell you water as well, we'll build a pipe to the border near Kielder, with a meter on it, and you can figure out how to get it to Kent.

  3. A.P. Veening

    Mainland Europe

    [QUOTE]

    Local TV station RUV reported: "Both for data security and to ensure Iceland's ability to receive and send large amounts of internet traffic, it is considered important to establish a third physical point of contact with mainland Europe."

    [END-QUOTE]

    I think this is the first time ever in history that one of the British isles, leave alone Ireland, is described as mainland Europe.

    1. James 51 Silver badge
      Joke

      Re: Mainland Europe

      Hey, if you live south of the wall then you're a southerner.

      1. Ken 16 Silver badge

        Re: Mainland Europe

        If you live north of it, you're a wildling

    2. Alister Silver badge

      Re: Mainland Europe

      Well we are physically a bit of mainland Europe, we're just a sticky-up bit on the end...

    3. DougS Silver badge

      Re: Mainland Europe

      Well technically it would be possible to walk from London to Paris, if they let you walk through the Chunnel, so as far as cable routing goes it is part of the mainland since they don't need to lay undersea cable from the UK to the "proper" mainland.

    4. Big John Silver badge

      Re: Mainland Europe

      Maybe the Icelanders view everything east of them as "Europe."

      1. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

        Re: Mainland Europe

        Only as far as the Urals.

    5. Pete4000uk

      Re: Mainland Europe

      We are, it's just there is a flooded bit cutting us off at the moment.

    6. Ken 16 Silver badge

      Re: Mainland Europe

      of course Ireland is mainland Europe, Britain is the isolated island of its coast

  4. Korev Silver badge
    Joke

    New Internet link? That's why mums go to Iceland...

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Greenland isn't green

      1. Steve Davies 3 Silver badge
        Facepalm

        re: Greenland isn't green

        It is getting there with all this climate change.

      2. TheVogon Silver badge

        "Greenland isn't green"

        Actually some of it is. There is some grassland and the Vikings used to graze cattle.

        1. Big John Silver badge

          That was during the Medieval Climate Optimum. Too bad we can't get temps that high these days...

          1. TheVogon Silver badge

            "That was during the Medieval Climate Optimum. Too bad we can't get temps that high these days..."

            Quite possibly it was, but it would also be possible today - see for instance:

            http://footage.framepool.com/en/shot/431658197-sondrestromfjord-cotton-grass-west-greenland-tundra

  5. Aristotles slow and dimwitted horse Silver badge

    Yes, there could be...

    Yes, there could be major political reasons for it. Or, it could be that Iceland, as a major global player in datacentre hosting due to low power and cooling costs for lots of large scale organisations, is expecting a lot more future business growth and wants to ensure connectivity and capacity.

  6. Duncan Macdonald Silver badge

    Not surprising

    That the Cantat-3 link is not shown - a 5Gb/sec link is totally insignificant compared to the 5.2Tb/sec Danice link.

  7. Barry Mahon

    Meanwhile the Irish gov has yet to spend the money on a national broadband network, after 10 years of supposed 'planning'

    Maybe people in rural Ireland could ask Iceland to help?

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Icelands agreement with Microsoft

    The cable is probably related to this hot mess. https://news.microsoft.com/europe/features/iceland-to-become-the-first-cloud-first-nation/

    The Icelandic government will have a need for redundant links to those Microsoft data centers in Ireland from now on.

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