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  • 2 April 2014, 20:59

The Tube-Style Map Of The Internet's Backbone

A London Underground-style map of the cables that form the backbone of the internet has been created by Oxford academics.

The overview of the world's submarine fibre-optic network was created to show how information traverses the world.

It was created by the Oxford Internet Institute, which used data on the routes of all fibre-optic cables to make a simplified abstract map.

Researchers wrote: "Submarine telecommunications have come a long way since 1842, when Samuel Morse sent the first submarine telegraph transmission under the waters of New York harbour.

"Today, an entire network of fibre-optic cables connects almost every corner of the world, enabling the hyper-connected world that many of us take for granted."

They said the most-connected country in the world is the United States, with cable landing points on both coasts that connect it to most other continents.

The second-most connected part of world is the UK - which pioneered the laying of submarine cables in the second half of the 19th century.

The third-most connect country is Senegal, which is where most of the southern Atlantic cables land.

Each connection node was assigned to a country, and all nodes located in the same country were collapsed into a single node for the map.

For the sake of simplicity, many short links have been excluded.

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