Submarine Cables

Rising Tide: Content Providers' Investment in Submarine Cables Continues

Yesterday Facebook, Microsoft, Telefonica’s Telxius group announced they are investing in a new trans-Atlantic submarine cable. The MAREA cable will take a unique path from Virginia Beach, USA to Bilboa, Spain. This system will be the third new trans-Atlantic system, following the launch of Hibernia Express last fall and AEConnect earlier this year.

A New Submarine Cable Construction Boom in Latin America

TeleGeography recently traveled to Rio de Janeiro to attend Capacity Latin America, where I moderated the panel “Laying the Foundation – Building the Necessary Steps to Encourage Future Investments in the Latin American Region.” My colleagues and I had the chance to catch up with players across the submarine cable industry to identify the most important trends in the Latin American market. One of the key takeaways from discussions we had at the conference was the re-emergence of a submarine cable construction boom.

Connected by a Thread

As kids, many of us attached a pair of tin cans to the ends of a long string to create a primitive telephone. Somewhat ironically, modern global telecommunications still functions in a somewhat similar manner. 

Latency: The Need for Speed

Reducing the latency (delay) of network traffic between locations has been the focus for financial firms engaged in high-frequency trading for several years, but this is also a goal for gaming companies as well. In a series of blog posts, Riot Games discussed how they have designed their own latency-optimized network. When linking destinations around the world, comparing the latency of the various submarine cables is critical.

The 2016 Submarine Cable Map is here!

TeleGeography’s Submarine Cable Map has been updated for 2016. The latest edition, sponsored by PCCW Global, depicts 321 cable systems that are currently active, under construction, or expected to be fully-funded by the end of 2016. Our new design features several inset maps and infographics that are as data-rich as they are beautiful. Take a moment to explore the new map in greater detail now. 

What does the Internet look like?

Loosely based on TeleGeography's Submarine Cable Map, a Netherlands artist, Jeroen van Loon, created an art installation that depicts Internet data as ephemeral and temporary. 

Are Russian Submarines Attacking the Internet?

The New York Times published an article on October 25th that conjectured Russian submarines operating near submarine cable telecommunication systems pose a serious threat to the global Internet. TeleGeography's Senior Analyst, Jonathan Hjembo, responds in our series: TeleGeography Takeaways.