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Constructing the Internet - a Maritime Adventure


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How does the Internet connect users reliably? Learn how undersea cables are installed and operated in one of the most challenging environments on earth.

Date and Time

19 October 2017 - 18:30-20:00


Cambridge, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Organised by the UK - East:Cambs local network. Contact cambsec@theiet.org for more information.

About this event

We think of the Internet as an intricate web of billions of interconnected devices through wireless and wired connections.  In reality, the world wide web relies mostly on sub-sea cables for intercontinental connections.  The only time we hear about them is when they break - in 2012 a ship's anchor sliced one and cut access to the web for 6 African countries.

This talk tells how the challenges of getting fibre cables to survive hostile sub-sea conditions has been 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 intercontinental fibre optic cable from the UK to Belgium followed by the first trans-Atlantic fibre crossing.  The talk will also include a network repair at 9200 meters water depth, almost the deepest place on Earth.  


Lecture at 1830 hrs with refreshments from 1800 hrs.  Finish at 2000 hrs after a Q&A session.

Reasons to attend

We all rely on the Internet but how does it work reliably?  Find out how undersea cables are used to deliver the Internet.

Continuing Professional Development

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This event can contribute towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as part of the IET's CPD monitoring scheme.


No charge

Registration information

Via the weblink  https://localevents.theiet.org/bc5fce


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