TeleGeography, a global market research and consultancy business in the telecommunications industry, has released its 2021 Submarine Cable Map, which is sponsored by Telecom Egypt. Of the 464 cables displayed in this 2021 edition of this map, 428 are active and 36 are planned. Out of these planned cables globally, 19 are brand-new to TeleGeography’s map, boasting a combined length 103,348 km and representing investments of more than $8 billion over the next three years.

TeleGeography’s newly released map visualizes 464 global cables and 1,245 landing stations, as well as major future deployments. The map further analyzes the changing dynamics in the market and influence of new players on submarine cable investments.

After accounting for less than 10% of total capacity before to 2012, content providers now account for 66% of total capacity in 2020. Unlike past cable building booms, content providers such as Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Microsoft are investing more heavily in submarine cable development. These firms alone have such high demand for data center traffic that they are pushing undersea cable infrastructure projects and route priority. Google alone has invested in around 15 subsea cables across the world.

Intra-Asian Route

Photo Alan Mauldin, Research Director at TeleGeography
“The 2021 map illustrates a market that’s experiencing more deployments, with new and diverse players,” said Alan Mauldin, Research Director at TeleGeography.

“We’re excited to launch our latest Submarine Cable Map and would like to thank Telecom Egypt for supporting it this year,” said Alan Mauldin, Research Director at TeleGeography. “The 2021 map illustrates a market that’s experiencing more deployments, with new and diverse players. Over the last decade, we’ve seen content providers emerge as disruptors, ramping up investments to meet global demand for their services. The submarine cable market has never been so dynamic and we’re thrilled to showcase our data and analysis on all things subsea cable.”

New subsea cables have been deployed across every global route grouping, with more systems expected to be introduced in the coming three years. With an estimated $1.6 billion in new cables to be introduced, the Intra-Asian route is anticipated to see the largest investment.

To learn more, view TeleGeography’s interactive map here.