TeleGeography, a worldwide telecommunications market research and consulting company, has enhanced its Interactive Submarine Cable Map. Now, the map represents a large 487 global cables and 1,304 unique landing stations. Furthermore, it shows functionalities for users to find and pick multiple countries, cables, RFS years, landing points, and suppliers.
As of 2021, TeleGeography has reported more than 1.3 million km of submarine cables in service worldwide. Their map envisions over $8 billion in the new cable investments in the next three years.
“We’re thrilled to launch the upgrades to our popular interactive map. It’s easier than ever for users to access interesting and relevant insights into submarine cable information,” said TeleGeography Research Director, Alan Mauldin. “We’re continually updating this interactive tool as the cable landscape develops. It’s fantastic to share our findings with the world in a free-to-use, universal resource for the industry.”
Below the surface, the popular map of TeleGeography shows decades of the network’s history. Traditionally, the cables were owned by telecommunications carriers, forming a consortium of all parties who were interested in using the cable. In the late 1990s, an influx of entrepreneurial firms created many private cables and sold the capacity off to users.
Both the private cable and consortium models still exist. However, one of the biggest changes over the years is the type of companies involved in producing cables.
Now, content providers such as Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon, and Google are major investors in new cables. In recent years, the amount of capacity that is deployed by the private network operators—like these hyperscalers—has greatly outpaced the internet backbone operators. Faced with the prospect of continuous massive bandwidth growth, it makes sense for these companies to own new submarine cables.
Cable enthusiasts have another opportunity to enjoy the cartographic style of TeleGeography. Their popular print Submarine Cable Map, sponsored by Telecom Egypt this year, is available currently to order as a physical art and distributed at ITW 2021.