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

By Anthony Bergin and Samuel Bashfield

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.