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American Admiralty Books Safety & Privacy Policies EU VISITORS WARNING POSSIBLE COOKIES AHEADThere are over 320 transoceanic active submarine communications cables on our ocean floors as we write this. Most people think of submarine cables as something from the nineteenth century and believe that most transoceanic communications are carried by space satellite. However in fact the submarine cable system carries the bulk of transoceanic telecommunications and data traffic. In terms of the bulk of such communications traffic the satellite communications systems are mere adjuncts. This is why we worry when submarine naval forces start to show interest in or start operating in close proximity to submarine cables. (See: RUSSIAN SUBMARINES TOO NEAR SUBMERGED DATA AND COMMUNICATIONS CABLES). If a modern industrial nation is cut off from its international cable communications, international commerce slows to a crawl. Satellites can only handle a fraction of the traffic. At the start of the twentieth century transoceanic cables were the "moon shots" of the era and the man of hour, very much forgotten now, was one Cyrus West Fields
CYRUS WEST FIELDS
Below are some links to videos dealing with the history and modern importance of the submarine cable
THE CABLE THAT CHANGED OUR WORLD
History of Transatlantic Cable: How to Connect the World Population