SubTel Cable Map Tutorial: Print Widget

SubTel Forum Blog
July 31, 2019

View this SubTel Cable Map Tutorial in video form:

Welcome to this tutorial on how to use the Submarine Cables of the World Interactive Map. My name is Kieran Clark, Lead Analyst at SubTel Forum, and I’d like to walk you through how to create a printout of what is currently being viewed.

This is a great feature of our map that will allow you to add fantastic looking pictures to reports or presentations.

Basic Cable Map Printout

Let’s walk through how to do a basic printout from the cable map.

First, zoom in to whichever section of the map you’d like to highlight. For this example, we are going to center on Mumbai, India.

Zoom to a location in the cable map

Make sure to pan and zoom the map until all map elements and labels are displaying nicely. This may take a bit of trial and error to find the perfect orientation as the system labels are generated in real time.

Once you have everything looking good, go ahead and click the Print Widget. The default options set in the Print Widget will produce a PDF in A4 Landscape and preserve the current map scale.

Open the print widget

We chose these options because the PDF format provides a vectored version of the image, allowing you to zoom in or blow up the resolution without losing any image quality and the A4 Landscape is one of the most used paper sizes globally. Perfect options for a quick, print-ready file!

If the selected settings are correct, click print. The widget may take up to a minute to generate the PDF.

Generate your map

Once done, your printout is ready for viewing. Click the link to open your printout in a new browser window.

The widget adds all relevant map legend details depending on what’s in view. For this example, the symbols for Landing Points, cable system capacity and OTT Data Center Locations are included.

Preview of output

If you notice white lines in the map frame, don’t worry! These only appear when viewing the PDF as a preview in your browser. Once you have downloaded the PDF and open it locally, they will no longer appear.

That’s it! You’ve just done a basic printout from the map and can now use it in a report or a presentation.

Final view of cable map output

See You Next Week!

That concludes the tutorial on how to get a great looking printout from the Submarine Cables of the World Interactive Map. I hope you found this useful and encourage you to make use of this tool to create beautiful and useful maps for future reports and presentations.

If you have any questions or comments, let me know at I’m always looking for feedback on how to improve this map.

I’ll see you next week to talk about the advanced options in this widget!