Thursday, February 7, 2008

Map of the Week 111- Anchors Away!

Last Wednesday off the coast of Egypt, a ship's anchor severed some cables limiting internet access to 75 million people, primarily in Egypt, India, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. This has had significant impacts on the high tech economy in India and on western companies that have outsourced their tech support there. This story appeared in the Guardian along with the map below of undersea internet connections and lots of hand-wringing about the world's fragile infrastructure.

If you want an even more detailed map of the world's internet infrastructure and feel like spending $250 then take a click on the map below.


Michael5000 said...

I like the concept of "cable disaster." How bad does disabled internet access have to be before it becomes a "disaster"?

Dug said...

If a major sector of the Indian economy is impacted then that's pretty bad but if we can't spend half our days reading each other's blogs then that's truly a "disaster"