Undersea Cables keep the Caribbean connected to the World Wide Web

Ever wondered what the undersea cable network connecting the world to the internet looked like and where the cables were all located? Greg Mahlknecht from Durban in South Africa has been busy putting together a map of all the undersea cables are using information on the internet. The project is still a work in progress but looking at the cables displayed on a map of the world gives a new understanding of the “world wide web” and how connected to it we all are.

I took the time to focus more on the Caribbean section of the map and found that we are well connected to the web with high speed cables connecting Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Trinidad, South America, Central America, Florida and the Lesser Antilles. Interestingly, according to the map so far, no undersea cable connect to Haiti and only one cable connect to Cuba which runs from Jamaica.

The cables cover most of the globe connecting major coastal cities, capitals and even tiny islands. Some of the fastest cables can be found in Asia connecting countries like Japan, Korea and Taiwan. Each cable is clickable with information and links about each cable speed,  year it started operating and more. Take a look at cablemap.info to view the entire map.

Post Author: Kelroy

Kelroy is an internet junkie, technology advocate, avid gamer and Jamaican Blogger who envisioned Geezam.com as a Caribbean based technology blog offering a more global view of technology topics. Follow his tech related ramblings and stay in touch via Twitter @Geezam

5 thoughts on “Undersea Cables keep the Caribbean connected to the World Wide Web

    CS

    (July 15, 2011 - 7:36 pm)

    Should be re-titled “Prime Targets To Cripple The World.”

      Kelroy

      (July 16, 2011 - 1:40 pm)

      lets hope terrorists can’t read?

        CS

        (July 16, 2011 - 5:59 pm)

        It’s public knowledge, they have the resources and the know how. But they also rely on said cables for communication. So they are safe.

    lindsworth deer

    (July 17, 2011 - 9:44 am)

    Wow!! A Telecoms article I did not know was public knowledge!!!! Great one boss!! Good to point out Fiber optic Cable laying is a months long process requiring specialized cable laying techniques and highly trained Technicians – as Engineers oversee the process!!!!

    I like when more people are aware of the extent to which Telecoms literally has the whole world in its Fiber Optic hands!!!

    Fred B. Wrixon

    (April 29, 2012 - 1:57 pm)

    Dear Kelroy: A free-lance writer, I am researching Caribbean communications during World War II. The presumed sources are much more obscure and difficult to reach than I had thought. I would like to be able to contact you via e-mail directly with more details. I am not involved with Twitter links. Thank you for this fascinating information and for considering my inquiry. Cordially, Fred Wrixon

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