May 25, 2021

Tech giants fight 'cloud wars' deep in the ocean

Some connect neighbouring countries, such as the 131km CeltixConnect cable between Ireland and the UK. Others like the Asian-America Gateway cable, stretch for 20,000km and link continents. The company operates six cable ships, with one vessel, the René Descartes, able to lay up to 6,000km of cable. The Curie cable connects Chile to the US - while the Dunant cable, laid in partnership with SubCom, connects the US to France at Orange's cable landing station at Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez. Satellites are most effective in providing internet access to remote areas where it is either physically difficult or prohibitively costly to build a cable, with cables currently best placed to meet the demand of carrying large amounts of data. One of Orange Marine's cable ships is currently repairing a cable damaged by an underwater landslide off the coast of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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