Friday, April 4, 2014

The Internet really is a series of tubes

And here's the map:

For real:
This schematic map shows a simplification of the world’s network of submarine fibre-optic cables.


The map uses data sourced from Each node has been assigned to a country, and all nodes located in the same country have been collapsed into a single node. The resulting network has been then abstracted.
Confession: when I first heard the term "submarine cable" I thought that this was some sort of MIL-SPEC for the Navy.  I was young.

1 comment:

Dave H said...

For a long time I thought trans-oceanic cables had long since been supplanted by satellite relays. But then I saw a show (might have been Nova) about NSA comms surveillance and how they straddle a fiber cable from the Far East that comes ashore in California.

They showed where the cable arrived on land. It looks kind of like a storm drain outflow. Very nondescript. Some half-wit with a Bobcat could probably take it out.