Submarine Cable Map 2016

The 2016 Submarine Cable Map is here!

By Thomas SimpsonMar 3, 2016


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. 

We're pleased to offer free shipping during the month of March when you use the code "CARTOGRAPHY." 


Main Projection

The map depicts routes of 293 in-service and 28 planned undersea cables. Capital cities for each country are also provided.

Landing Stations

Inset maps detail landing station locations for Cornwall, Hawaii, Hong Kong, New York/New Jersey, Singapore, Southern Florida, Sydney and Tokyo. 

Landing Stations


The map’s choropleth depicts how many international submarine cable system links are connected to a country. The more submarine cable links connected to a country mean a higher level of resiliency to submarine cable faults.

Submarine Cables

Fiber Pairs

Inset illustrations depict actual size of optical fiber and number of fiber pairs available on Trans-Pacific, Intra-Asia, Europe-Asia, Trans-Atlantic and U.S.-Latin America routes.



Infographics detail information about changes to capacity on major global routes from 1996 to 2014. Data include submarine cable & lit capacity deployment, share of lit capacity by ownership type, share of unlit potential capacity by cable age and number of in-service cables.


We would like to thank our generous sponsor PCCW for making this map possible.


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