A Series Of Tubes
September 24th, 2011
If you send any emails to another continent this weekend you can thank the good folks at TeleGeography and NewScientist for this visual that helps you understand how exactly your characters secure passage.
“Ever wondered how your email can cross the vastness of the ocean and be delivered almost instantly, anywhere in the world? It’s all down to a network of fibre-optic cables that link up the continents and transmit terabits of data every second. The map shows 188 active and planned submarine cables, along with their landing points. The map is only a stylised representation, so the real cables and landing points may lie in slightly different locations. That should protect cables from thieves, who have caused communications outages in south-east Asia, but it won’t help ships avoid breaking cables by dropping anchor.”
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