The undersea cable industry is undergoing some major changes. Today, most internet traffic flows from continent to continent and across the ocean. For example, no more land-based routes are available for data to travel from Asia to Europe. Undersea cables…
The undersea cable industry is undergoing some major changes. Today, most internet traffic flows from continent to continent and across the ocean. For example, no more land-based routes are available for data to travel from Asia to Europe. Undersea cables offer a new way to send information quickly around the world.
Reliable internet connectivity at our fingertips. But what happens when the last mile of those cables connecting us to the global internet starts to disappear? Undersea cables were damaged by storms in South America, Asia, and Europe. Since then, several undersea cables have been injured in the Pacific Ocean, raising concerns about the long-term reliability of these cables. We don’t need to look too far into the future to see what might happen.
The world has become wired and connected, thanks to the internet. We are constantly connected to everything and everyone, so it only makes sense that we need some level of connectivity with ourselves too. When we are disconnected from ourselves, our ability to relate to others also suffers. I’ll explore the current state of the art in underwater internet connectivity and discuss what it might mean for future connectivity.
How will the underwater internet be different?
I think the underwater internet will be different in many ways. For example, the internet is designed around a stable, reliable network. We expect we’ll get where we’re supposed to go every time we click a link.
This is going to change with the underwater internet. In fact, we’re going to start seeing some pretty crazy changes in the way we navigate the internet.
For example, if an undersea cable is down, it will likely take weeks to get back up. What does that mean for the internet?
What if your favorite website is unavailable? What if you’re trying to watch a movie, and it suddenly stops? Well, the internet will be broken for weeks or months.
And it doesn’t stop there. If the internet is down for weeks, how will you download updates? If you’re looking for an excellent example, just check out the recent issue with the undersea internet in the United States.
The current state of underwater internet cables
We’ve all heard of the internet’s dependence on a single cable called the “backbone,” which connects the “North American continent” to the rest of the world. But what if that cable gets cut? How would the internet as we know it functions?
First, let’s look at how undersea cables are built.
Most of the world’s internet cables comprise multiple “segments.” Segments are long pieces of fiber optic cable, usually laid down underwater. The segments are connected by “splices.” A splice is a special connector that allows you to connect two segments quickly and easily.
While it is possible to build a fully-functional internet without a single cable, it is very difficult. If a segment is cut, you need to replace the whole piece. This is extremely expensive, time-consuming, and risky.
Another problem is that many cable networks have a limited number of segments. If one of those segments fails, you can only replace it with another piece from the same network.
It’s also important to note that the “backbone” cable is just one of several “main” cables that connect the “North American continent” to the rest of the world.
The rest of the “main” cables connect to Africa, Europe, Asia, and Australasia countries. These are known as the “backup” cables.
A backup cable can provide redundancy, allowing you to maintain a reliable connection even if the “main” line is cut. However, it’s not a perfect solution. If the “backup” line fails, you can’t use it anymore.
While most internet cables connect North America and Europe to the rest of the world, a few connect Asia and Oceania to the rest.
What will happen if one of these goes down?
So far, internet connections are still stable. However, if one of these cables suddenly goes down, the results could be catastrophic. Internet connectivity is often cited as the “backbone” of society. And it’s not just your personal connection. The internet is the backbone of ecommerce. It is the backbone of the business, education, government, and more.
So imagine if internet connectivity suddenly disappeared.
What would happen?
• Businesses would lose a substantial portion of their clients and their profits.
• Schools would be unable to educate students.
• Governmental agencies would be unable to do their jobs.
• People would be unable to work.
The list goes on and on.
While we can’t say exactly what will happen if these cables are cut, we can certainly predict that something bad will happen.
Frequently Asked Questions Undersea Cables
Q: Are there other ways to transmit data besides undersea cables?
A: Yes, wireless networks are a possibility. Wi-Fi is possible, but it’s not an option for long-haul connectivity.
Q: Can this technology be used in space as well?
A: You can use satellites for some things, but you’re only going to be able to connect a few places. We need to be able to cover every continent on earth to be able to fully utilize this network.
Q: Why do we need undersea cables?
A: There are some places where you can’t get wireless coverage and others where they’re very limited. A good example is in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. If you’re in the middle of the ocean and you want to connect to the internet, you have to use a cable.
Top 3 Myths About Undersea Cables
1. The US does not have an effective strategy to protect its communications networks from foreign attacks.
2. China has the plan to hack into the US communication network.
3. All submarine cables are too expensive to lay and maintain.
I believe the cable industry will continue to grow as the next generation of internet connectivity becomes available. The undersea cables carry data back and forth between continents. As technology advances, these cables will become more powerful and faster.