Submarine Cable Between Iceland and Ireland Begins Operation

Better telecommunications security and speedier cloud services are two of the benefits of a new submarine cable connecting Iceland and Ireland, RÚV reports. The cable, named ÍRIS, began operating yesterday and is the third submarine cable installed and operated by state-owned Icelandic company Farice. The first two are FARICE-1 and DANICE, which connect Iceland to the UK and Denmark, respectively.

“We have evaluated that with the arrival [of ÍRIS], we are increasing Iceland’s international telecommunications security tenfold,” stated Þorvarður Sveinsson. One of the reasons the company decided to lay submarine cables to Ireland is that the country hosts facilities of many tech companies. One example are Microsoft cloud services, and Þorvarður says the new cable should increase their speed for users in Iceland. “The transit time that it takes our data to go between Iceland and these data centres in Dublin is decreasing,” Þorvarður explained.

Farice has additional submarine cable projects in the works, including a pan-Arctic cable connecting Iceland to Japan, set to be completed by the end of 2026. It will be the first Arctic route connecting Asia with Europe through the Northwest Passage and should greatly reduce the optical distance between the continents, minimising latency.

Family of Missing Icelander Continues Search in Dublin

The family of Jón Jónsson, the Icelandic tourist who went missing in Dublin, Ireland two weeks ago, has been joined by ten Icelanders and dozens of Irish volunteers in their ongoing search for their missing loved one, RÚV reports. Although the family says that the Irish Garda has been keeping them well-updated on the search and has been collaborating with Icelandic police as well, authorities have yet to turn up any definitive clues about what happened to Jón. His family, however, isn’t giving up and staged another extensive search on Saturday morning, which, Vísir reports, as many as 100 locals took part in.

Jón Jónsson went missing in the Whitehall neighbourhood of Dublin while on holiday with his girlfriend. He is 6 ft [1.8 m], of medium build, and was wearing a black padded jacket when he was last seen. He left the Bonnington Hotel at 11:05am without his wallet, passport, or phone; he has not been heard from or seen since he was then caught by CCTV shortly afterwards, travelling down Swords Road on foot.

An Irish volunteer named Eamon Connolly spoke to RÚV about the local support that Jón’s family has received. “I don’t find it strange myself,” he said. “I just find when there is a situation like this, people rally around—community spirit. And it’d be a similar situation, I’d say, if there was an Irishman lost in Iceland.” Eamon noted that volunteers have made inquiries throughout the city centre, including at hostels, homes, and pubs, and “talking to people, putting a lot of posters up.”

Searches have also been made of the surrounding areas and with the long-distance collaboration of ICE-SAR, Icelandic Search and Rescue, volunteers in Dublin have been able to map which areas have been searched using Google Earth and Google Maps.

Two of Jón’s brothers discussed his situation on a popular Icelandic talk show and his family is maintaining a Facebook page—Jon Jonsson missing in Dublin—with updates about the search (in English) as well as links to their GoFundMe account.

Anyone with information about Jón’s whereabouts or disappearance are asked to contact Ballymun Garda Station on 01 6664400, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station. People who wish to volunteer by distributing missing persons flyers or to assist with the family’s ongoing search efforts can also be in touch at [email protected].

Icelandic Tourist Missing in Dublin

An Icelandic tourist has been missing in Ireland since February 9. According to a press release sent to news outlets by his family, Jón Jónsson went missing in the Whitehall neighbourhood of Dublin while on holiday with his girlfriend. His family has now travelled to Dublin to help organize continued search efforts.

Jón Jónsson is 6 ft [1.8 m], of medium build, and was wearing a black padded jacket when he was last seen. In a Missing Persons announcement issued by the Irish Garda, he left the Bonnington Hotel at 11:05am. He was then caught on CCTV at McGettigan’s bar two minutes later, “exiting onto the Swords Road heading northbound towards the airport.” The last he was seen, he was traveling on the same road. Jón has never been to Dublin before, however, and does not know the area.

As of writing, the Garda had not found any clues to give any indication of whether he disappeared under suspicious circumstances. Thus far, police have appealed to the public for assistance, and have also asked taxi drivers to provide dash cam footage from the night that Jón disappeared. His family also organized a search with volunteers from the public in the neighbourhoods of Whitehall, Drumcondra, Marino, Santry, Kilmore, and Beaumont.

Jón’s sister Þórunn has created a Facebook page—Jon Jonsson missing in Dublin (in English)—dedicated to updates on the search for her brother. “My older brother Jón has been missing for 10 days,” she wrote in a post shared on Tuesday morning. “I have been asking myself how a person can just vanish in broad daylight in a city of 2 million people? He went to Dublin for a 10 day trip with his girlfriend, Jana, to participate in a poker festival and look at some castles. And a day and a half into the trip he simply disappeared. I can speculate all day and all night about what happened but it won’t ease my restless mind.”

Anyone with information about Jón’s whereabouts or disappearance are asked to contact Ballymun Garda Station on 01 6664400, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station. People who wish to volunteer by distributing missing persons flyers or to assist with the family’s ongoing search efforts can also be in touch at [email protected].