Options for safeguarding undersea critical infrastructure: Australia and Indo-Pacific submarine cables

Author name: 
Bashfield, S
Bergin, A
Publisher: 
ANU National Security College
Year: 
2022
Month: 
June
Abstract: 

As the critical infrastructure which enables global telecommunications, submarine cables form the backbone of how we communicate in the modern world.

In the Indo-Pacific, submarine cables carry over 95 per cent of international data traffic, including telephone and data communications. But they are vulnerable to a variety of grave threats.

In this Policy Options Paper, Samual Bashfield and Anthony Bergin outline the current challenges surrounding undersea cables and provide policy recommendations to strengthen Indo-Pacific submarine cable resilience.

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