550,000 miles of cable hidden under the ocean that power the internet!

Each and every time you visit a web shop, read a new page or send an email, data is being sent and received through an hidden cable system that stretches around the globe. It was a German engineer who was one of the first attempted to put electrical signal cables in the sea. His name is still the name of one of the biggest technology corporations across the globe: Werner von SIEMENS. Siemens invented a telegraph that used a needle to point to the right letter, instead of using Morse code. Based on this invention, he founded the company Telegraphen-Bauanstalt von Siemens & Halske on 1 October 1847. Installing cable in the ocean was one of the most difficult and dangerous ventures Siemens pursued. He lost a significant amount of money 1864 trying to connect Cartagena, Spain with Oran, Algeria. 1874 Siemens did own a ship especially designed to install cable in the worlds ocean. He did name it after one of the most famous pioneers of electricity: Michael Faraday. After the early years the story continued and today there are hundreds of thousands of miles of fiber optic cables constantly transmitting data between nations.

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