Cable Commotion

As Africa’s rush for broadband connection continues, Steve Song’s map of African undersea cables can’t help but get tangled up:

I am gobstopped again with the announcement of the BRICs cable. I struggle now to find ways to represent all the impending capacity on a single map without it looking like a dog’s breakfast. What I thought was a clever innovation, using the width of the cable as an indicator of design capacity, has turned out to be a nightmare as cables like the SAEx cable announced a design capacity of 12.8 terabits/s, 10 times that of the Seacom cable which launched in 2009.

> African Undersea Cable Map Goes Non-Linear