23 Apr 2015

A Map of all the Underwater Cables that Connect the Internet

The instant connectivity we have to the internet is something we take for granted every day. It’s usually only when we struggle to connect to our flight’s wi-fi or when we are mildly inconvenienced with a failed Instagram post that we consider stop to consider the thousands of miles of cable that keep us connected.

But what does the infrastructure of our connected world really look like? This retro map shows just how much underwater cable is responsible for keeping the world connected.

“Cables lying on the seafloor bring the internet to the world. They transmit 99 percent of international data, make transoceanic communication possible in an instant, and serve as a loose proxy for the international trade that connects advanced economies.”

Oddly enough, the connection of world wide web closely mirrors early trade routes established hundreds of years ago.

View the full zoomable version here.

Via Vox

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