The internet actually is a place you can visit.
Buildings of different importance are spread out all over the world, but are not situated in a “typical” notions of a connected world. This buildings are to facilitation and management of the connections.
The internet connects cities, countries and continents. Fiber-optic cables are what make this connection possible. These cables follow the shortest path between two points. One of the most important locations is Egypt which is a significan location for international data traffic and the cables carrying data follow the same path that international trade lines do, passing through the Suez Canal. Due to Egypt’s geographical location, the state has benefitted from it in a number of ways. Suez Canal brings in billions of dollars on an annual basis, there is money to be made from selling licenses to cable laying companies, and the Egyptian government is well aware of this.
Downtown Cairo, they host the largest internet exchange – the Cairo Internet Exchange or CAIX – and cable systems like SEA-ME-WE-3 and 4 or FLAG are routed ashore in Alexandria.
It’s “not all sparks & romance” because many Egyptians don’t enjoy many of the same freedoms as others with the same infrastructure. For example, back in January 28, 2011, the internet was shut down nationwide from the CAIX directly in an unprecedented move by the Egyptian government.
It might not sound advantageous that the informational infrastructure for most countries is in the hands of private companies with their thirst for profit, but it’s frightening that governments also maintain such a tight grip on networks, broadcasting the voices of some and silencing others.
Egyptians can proudly say that the magic of the internet, both tangible and intangible, flows from a handful of buildings in Cairo and Alexandria.
Beside the pyramids and other ancient wonders, Egypt has a lot more to offer.
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