This is how your emails get to HQ from the field

Erdfunkstelle RaistingHave you ever wondered what route your emails take, when you send them from your little office in the field to HQ?

If you are working for the UN or a Geneva based organisation and you are using a satellite uplink, then odds are, your emails will go through Raisting, a small village in the south of Germany. This is where “Emerging Markets Communications” (EMC) runs a huge antenna farm, that dwarfs the small chapel that stands in the middle of the enormous satellite dishes.

My parents live close to Raisting, so on my last trip home I took a photo of the installation. It’s funny to think that, for example every email I sent and every webpage I loaded on my computer while I was in Myanmar went through this place. It’s a small world.


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