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Enhancing the environmental sustainability of

subsea telecommunication networks—

the global links of our digital world

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Report on Best Practices in
Subsea Telecommunications Sustainability

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This report is the culmination of two years of research conducted between 2021 and 2023 on the subsea cable industry’s best practices in sustainability.

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Why Cables?

Satellite gets all the hype, but subsea cables do all the work. Our global cable network carries almost 100% of transoceanic internet traffic. Without cables, the Internet as we know it would be largely split between continents. To date, no organization has taken on the challenge to document the sustainability of this underwater network.

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Why Sustainability?

Despite seemingly boundless potential, we live on a finite planet. As climate change and resource access shape the parameters of human existence, we must rethink our approach to what we need, what we use, and how we use it - in ways that protect the health and stability of our only world. We believe that research is a crucial aspect of enhancing network sustainability. 

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Sustainable Subsea Networks is supported by

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The SubOptic Foundation

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The Internet Society Foundation

Contact Us

sustainablesubseanetworks [at] gmail [dot] com

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