Telecommunications and Satellites on Top of the World

Organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, the Technical University of Denmark and DLR - the national aeronautics and space research centre of the Federal Republic of Germany 26. August 2016

Saturday, October 8, 15:30-17:00

Location: Silfurberg B, Harpa Second Level

Have you experienced low internet speed in the Arctic?

Communications infrastructure such as satellite capacity is important to facilitating sustainable development, commercial activities, education, health care, and to improving conditions for further economic development in the Arctic.

This session will discuss various potential benefits to better telecommunications infrastructure in the Arctic:

  • increased capacity to share data in the case of accidents and environmental incidents
  • better surveillance capacity of the ocean environment
  • improved safety of maritime traffic in the Arctic
  • fast and reliable internet connections for Arctic communities and businesses, as well as education

Join us for a debate on how to improve telecommunications infrastructure in the Arctic!


  • Hanne Fugl Eskjær, Arctic Ambassador of the Kingdom of Denmark, Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Bo N. Andersen, Director General, Norwegian Space Center; Arctic Council Task Force on Telecommunications in the Arctic
  • Niels Andersen, Deputy Director, Technical University of Denmark: Multiuse Space Infrastructure in the Arctic
  • Kjell-Ove Orderud Skare, Leader Strategy and Analysis, Space Norway: The Quest for Arctic Communications
  • Jeremy Wilkinson, Lead Investigator, NERC Arctic Research Programme, British Antarctic Survey: Needs and Requests Towards Telecommunications in Perspective of Arctic Science Activities