Constructing The Internet – A Maritime Adventure

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Technical lecture
20 June 2019 19:00 - 21:00
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We think of the internet as an intricate web of hundreds of interconnected devices through wireless and wired connections. In reality, the world wide web relies mostly on subsea intercontinental cables. The only time we hear about them is when they break, like in 2012 when a ship’s anchor sliced one and cut off access to the web for 6 African countries. 

This talk tells how the challenges of getting these fibre cables to survive hostile subsea conditions were met with a little help from a bush fire in Papua New Guinea.


Rob Struzyna has spent 40 years working in Subsea engineering. He was Technical Director of the company which laid the first international fibre optic cable from the UK to Belgium followed by the first trans-Atlantic fibre crossing.


Weymouth College
Wessex Room (just off the Reception Area)
Fleet Building
Cranford Avenue
United Kingdom

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