Whew, just managing to post under the wire and still call it Friday…
If you’ve ever wondered about those mysterious undersea cables that news stories refer to every now and then — which carry almost all of our telecommunications and internet activity from one continent to another — there’s a great interactive map of the whole shebang. I had no idea there were so many of these things strung along our ocean floors, and had a geekfest clicking on various dots to find out which cables were terminating where. Turns out there are 10 different cables landing in four Portuguese cities, which surprised me. Then I thought about Portugal’s convenient location as a jump-off point for Africa, and it wasn’t so surprising after all.
For all its massive size, Canada has only four cables landing on its shores: one in Newfoundland/Labrador, and three in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The vast majority of the transatlantic cables land along the northeast coast of the United States. And over on the west coast, all of the northern cables land in Alaska.
Overall, the impression is of a massive web of cables, connecting every continent but one. Poor Antarctica gets no love.