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Track every underwater internet cable in the world with this stunning interactive map

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submarine cable map 2013 telegeography
submarine cable map 2013 telegeography

TeleGeography has released the revamped 2013 version of its submarine internet cable map, and it's way better-looking and significantly more informative than the previous version. The new map illustrates 232 in-service and 12 planned cables alongside a number of useful insets, charts, and infographics. Along the top, the map details cable hubs in New York, New Jersey, Egypt, Cornwall, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Tokyo, and the bottom has a timeline of global submarine cable history, beginning in 1997. The bottom left corner shows the amount of bandwidth being used per country and total capacity of the underwater cables.

In a blog post, TeleGeography says the design was inspired by antique maps and star charts such as Maury's New Complete Geography (Revised Edition) — an influence that really shines through in the map's "Network Latency Constellations," which illustrate network latency for Brazil, Egypt, Japan, Singapore, South Africa, the UK, and the US. TeleGeography sells full prints of the Submarine Cable Map for $250, or you can check out the interactive version online.