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.

Get Daily Email News from DCK!
Subscribe now and get our special report, "The World's Most Unique Data Centers."

Enter your email to receive messages about offerings by Penton, its brands, affiliates and/or third-party partners, consistent with Penton's Privacy Policy.

About the Author

Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large 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.

Add Your Comments

  • (will not be published)


  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