Where Undersea Fiber Cables Come From


The global Internet is made possible by a series of intercontinental fiber-optic cables that run underneath the oceans. But how do those cables get there? Who maintains them? What do they look like? CNet recently got a tour of one of the vessels operated by Alcatel-Lucent that lays undersea cabling. The vessel, the Ile de Batz, can lay up to 200 kilometers (120 miles) of cable per day, in normal conditions, to a depth of about 8km. The resulting photo feature answers many of those questions, and is a must-read for infrastructure enthusiasts. Link via Rob Powell.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor-in-chief of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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  1. eddie chuah

    recently been involved in building a cable landing station in my country. This cable supposed to come all the way from japan... want to seek more info about this undersea cables... thanks. i am a project manager for a DATA centre in KL...

  2. Jeff

    Discussions about undersea cables are remiss without a link to Neal Stepehnson's (rather lengthy) Wired article on the subject: http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/4.12/ffglass.html