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The movement of data – how information travels around the globe

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How Data Travels

By the end of 2014 there will be more than 3 billion Internet users on the planet.

100 million emails a minute are now sent over the web, but how does each one make its way  from its source to its destination intact in a split-second?

We’ve tracked the route of just one email to show you how – following the journey from outbox to inbox and everything in between. By tracing the path from sender to receiver, our infographic lets you explore what really happens each time you click ‘send’.

Take a look here. And don’t forget to tell us what you think.

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How Data Travels Across the Globe

In less than a quarter of century, the web has transformed our ability to communicate with one another, to share ideas and exchange knowledge. Thanks to numerous technical updates to the Internet’s vital systems in the years since, huge amounts of data can now being sent vast distances and at breathtaking speeds.
Information moves across the globe in a matter of seconds, through hundreds of data centres, thousands of local exchanges and more than half a million miles of cables. It’s an intricate system of networks and cross-border cooperation that moves more than 640 terabytes of data each minute. It’s also something that, for the most part, gets taken completed for granted.

You’ve got mail… Lots and lots of mail.

Movement of Data

More than 3.4 million emails are now sent every single second. Yet the questions of how so many different processes work together to make each data transfer possible or even how the Internet manages to just keep working every hour of every day are rarely considered, let alone answered. Let our infographic answer them for you.