Did you know that a multi-billion-dollar network of high-power, undersea cables carry Internet signals around the world? In fact, 99% of global Internet traffic uses these submarine cables to travel!
You can actually see an interactive map of these submarine Internet cables for free online, provided by TeleGeography and their Global Bandwidth Research Service. The map is updated frequently to ensure accuracy.
TeleGeography specializes in creating straightforward online reports and databases based on extensive telecommunications market research. Through their consulting services, they help their clients make key decisions about a variety of telecommunications industries, from international networks to enterprise Ethernet and dedicated Internet access.
Here’s what you can do with TeleGeography’s undersea cable map:
- Click on a cable to learn its name, ready-for-service (RFS) date, length, owners, website, and landing points
- See a list of all cables connected to any particular country
- See a list of all cables connected to any particular landing point
- See a list of all cables that came online in any particular year (RFS year)
- Share the URL of a cable’s profile, a country, a landing point, or an RFS search
Like the structured cabling in your office, these undersea cables are absolutely essential for ensuring that data gets to where it needs to go – but on a much larger scale.
For example, the transatlantic cable “Apollo” running between the USA and Europe carries a capacity in excess of 25 terabits-per-second. To put that into perspective, 1 terabit = 1,000 gigabits; 1 gigabit = 1,000 megabits. The capacity of the cabling at your office is 1 gigabit-per-second if you have Cat5e cabling installed.
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