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People who used the Internet in the 1990s know that internet connections have come a long way. NetworkMaps is an interactive map by the BBC that helps understand that by showing the growth of network cables and internet usage from 1998 to 2010. The map shows the percentage of people using the internet for each country for a particular year along with the estimated number of internet users.

The map can also be played like a slideshow, displaying the expansion of the Internet in the world year after year from 1998 to 2010. Straight yellow lines between continents represent submarine cables that are today a backbone of major Internet networks and how they have grown over the years. You can also choose to hide the number of people or submarine cables or both from the map.

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  • See world Internet growth on an interactive map.
  • View state of internet works between 1998 and 2010.
  • View network of submarine cables.
  • No registration required.
  • Similar tools: CableMap, Ookla Net Index¬†and InternetWorldStats.

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