Remember when Gizmodo’s Annalee Newitz declared this the Infrastructure Age? Well, here’s more proof: Microsoft is investing in its own undersea internet cables.
There’s a new undersea cable in the works, unlike any system that’s been built before. It is almost 10,000 miles long. It winds under the Arctic Ocean, from the United Kingdom, over Canada, and down to Japan, offering the fastest possible route between London and Tokyo. It stops on icy Canadian shores along the way,…
Laying fiber optic cables down on the ocean floor is a massive undertaking in its own right. But now, Google actually has to go back and reinforce some of its thousands of miles of undersea cable—because hungry sharks keep mistaking the world's data lines for lunch.
The US and Asia will soon be connected by a trans-Pacific cable network that will carry data at — hold your breath — 60 terabits per second.
The Internet connects us all, but it's easy to take for granted what a crazy accomplishment that is. After all, plenty of us live on different land-masses. We've got to get that sweet, sweet Internet across the deep blue sea somehow, and these are the underwater 'net pipes that get the job done.
Compare and contrast. This monochrome photo, above, is how submarine cables were laid back in the day (in 1906, to be exact). It's not much different from how companies like Cable&Wireless Worldwide and Alcatel-Lucent do it now, right?
Real, physical places form the Net's backbone: data centers, under-sea cables, junctions, optic fiber pipes. Wired traced a single bit's journey from England, across the US, and into Asia—a fascinating reminder at how physical the virtual really is.
Yes, I picked this photo out of BoingBoing Gadget's fantastic illustrated history of transoceanic cable because it was the most obvious penis joke. This coaxial tube carried over 90,000 telephone calls simultaneously.
The year Queen Victoria died and Emperor Hirohito was born, there already existed a globe-spanning network of electronic communications cables. Not quite as cool as you thought you were, huh 2009? [Reddit]
Earlier this year two telecom cables located in the Mediterranean were severed by passing ships. This is an extremely rare occurrence, which is why a second incident is cause for major concern.