Have you ever thought how are you connected to the world through an internet with just a desktop, laptop or via a phone. How can you just communicate with any person in the world within matter of seconds. Yes that's possible because of internet and we all know that. But how does that internet connect to you?. Simplest answer is the internet cables running all over the world under sea and oceans. The recently updated maps from submarine maps shows the physical route of the internet cables which are running through our sea bed.
The only time we think of the internet cables is the time when it gets cut-off such as when last year a ship's anchor cut-off the internet cables lying in the Indian ocean.
Now the new map released from Telegeography reveals the physical route of the cable connecting through out the world and can help the submarines and the ships to stay clear off the multi -billion-dollar network of high speed cables on which the 99% of the global traffic works.
Here is the map of the internet cables released via submarine maps.
The version of map via telegraphy lets you click on any cable and find out more about it. This is an interactive map where you can zoom in and zoom out to get the more details. As per Tim Stronge, of Telegeography, who created the map, says, 'Submarine cables are very expensive to build (generally ranging from $100m - $500m) but they deliver a huge amount of capacity.'
Also a Wikipedia entry says that almost 99% of the global internet traffic is through the undersea internet cables and only 1% is through the satellite. And that is the reason why the internet halts when these cables are disrupted.
Each cable costs about $10m a year in maintenance costs -- the price operators have to pay to keep repair ships on standby, and other costs. If a cable breaks (which happens surprisingly frequently), the owner(s) of the cable also have to pay a repair ship to go out to sea and splice the cable, to the tune of $10,000 per day.'The cables themselves are often not much wider than garden hoses and contain fiber-optic lines which can each contain bandwidth for up to 20 million people.
The above image shows tha appolo cable-hidden under the cornish sea ,which is the main connection between USA and britian.