In a bid for independence, the BRICS nations are building their own Internet cable that will stretch from Fortaleza, Brazil, to Vladivostok on the Pacific coast of Russia, according to the project’s website.
The 54,400 mile cable will link together the five BRICS nations – Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa – lowering the cost of traffic routing between the countries and providing a data conduit that’s safe from outside syphoning.
While the project has received additional relevance after the NSA leaks, it’s been in the works since March 2011, according to a press release.
Web traffic between the countries are currently routed through Europe and the U.S. Most traffic to and from South America, for instance, is routed through a single building in Miami called the Network Access Point, according to the building’s operator, Verizon. The connection is shown on the map above.
This project will enable the five countries to send Internet data to each other without sending it through any Western country.
Together, BRICS represents 45% of the world’s population and 25% of the world’s GDP. The cable will also connect to 21 African countries through existing underseas connections.