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Submarine cable modern day
Cable & Wireless Worldwide estimates that its submarine network now stretches to around 500,000km, far greater than the distance between the Earth and the moon.
The company can trace its history back to a consortium led by Sir John Pender in the 1860s, which oversaw the establishment of the first transatlantic cable.
Given the vital role undersea cables have played in tying the world together, it is worth bearing in mind President Buchanan's reply to Queen Victoria's telegraph on the first transatlantic cable: "It is a triumph more glorious, because far more useful to mankind, than was ever won by conqueror on the field of battle."
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