Submarine Cables of the World - Published 1896
Submarine cables have played an important part in the development of world-wide communications since the 1850's. This fascinating map, first develped for the Department of the Navy and published in National Geographic in 1896, shows submarine cables that had been laid, as well as the land-based cable systems that connected to them.
About the dated map chart of the world
Submarine cables play crucial role in the development of world-wide communications since the 1850's. National Geographic first charted these cables in 1896. In comparison to that earlier map, this map, published in February 1905 reveals the explosion of communications infrastructure worldwide at the beginning of the last century.
Submarine communication system
A submarine communications cable is a cable laid on the sea bed between land-based stations to carry telecommunication signals across stretches of ocean and sea. The first submarine communications cables laid beginning in the 1850s carried telegraphy traffic, establishing the first instant telecommunications links between continents, such as the first transatlantic telegraph cable which became operational on 16 August 1858. Subsequent generations of cables carried telephone traffic, then data communications traffic. Modern cables use optical fiber technology to carry digital data, which includes telephone, Internet and private data traffic.
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