This is what the backbone of the world’s Internet looks like

The ability to access a website hosted anywhere in the world, and to use the Internet in general, is made possible by high-speed fibre optic cables which span from continent to continent under the oceans’ floors.

These fibre cables are the backbone of all international Internet connectivity, and move large batches of data across thousands of kilometres in milliseconds.

Vox Media recently put together a video, posted below, which shows how these cables –  that distribute 99 percent of international data – are all connected and laid.

To see the history of South Africa’s undersea cable system from 1879 to 2015, read our feature on the subject.

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This is what the backbone of the world’s Internet looks like