Creating a more Agile Organization with Hybrid WAN

Sensata Technologies is one of those ultra successful, market leading companies you seldom hear much about. With annual revenues topping $3 billion, Sensata manufactures sensor products which go into cars, aircraft, air-conditioning systems, mobile phones and more. Sensata began updating its wide area network across its 50 plus sites around the world about 18 months ago, in order to maximize the gains from the introduction of technologies like unified communications services. Mark DeLorenzo, Sensata’s senior director of technology services, was on hand at the WAN Summit New York earlier this year to explain the company’s approach.

4G is Faster than 3G in More Ways than One

The latest figures from TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database show that 4G LTE subscriptions now account for around 17% of all mobile connections worldwide. LTE passed one billion subscribers just before the end of 2015, and had reached 1.23 billion by the end of March 2016. Just four years ago, however, the total was below ten million. By contrast, 3G technology took twice as long as LTE to go from just under ten million to one billion.

Africa Takes Center Stage at ITW 2016

TeleGeography returned to International Telecoms Week once again on May 9-11. The official event program, organized by Capacity Conferences featured two panels specifically dedicated to African connectivity issues, “Unlocking Potential in Africa: Keeping up with African Data Traffic” and “Africa Data Centers, Why Africa, Why Now?” Our analysts, Paul Brodsky and Patrick Christian, attended both discussions and found them a great supplement to information learned in private meetings. Here are our key takeaways from the event about the Africa market. 

Webinar on Demand: Land Ho! Connecting Data Centers under the Sea

If you missed the live TeleGeography and Ciena webinar, "Land Ho! Connecting Data Centers under the Sea" on June 22, 2016, you can watch a recording of the webinar on demand, or download the presentation slide deck, here. Join Paul Brodsky, Senior Analyst with TeleGeography, and Brian Lavallée, Director of Solutions Marketing from Ciena, for a discussion about the impact of shifts in private vs. Internet network bandwidth consumption are having on transoceanic DCI, and the technology and strategies that will keep both submarine and data center operators ahead of the curve when managing their traffic flows.

Borg Warner's Lessons in Traffic Optimization

BorgWarner is one of the world’s leading automotive parts manufacturers, supplying just about every car maker you can think of: Ford, Audi, BMW, they’re all there. The company, which reported sales of over $8 billion in 2015, has aggressive plans for growth over the next few years, and needed a corporate network that was up to the job.

Fixed or Flexible? That is the Question for Enterprise SIP Trunking

If you currently use a SIP trunking service or are in the process of learning more about SIP for your enterprise, it’s important to know which charges make up the greatest portion of your overall monthly cost. In comparing providers that offer SIP services with similar overall costs, you’ll find variation in the relative sizes of call path and metered calling charges that can have substantial implications for your total monthly cost. Selecting a plan that best fits these cost components to your traffic profile can help reduce the cost of SIP service.

Healthcare Network Taps SD-WAN, Custom-Builds MPLS Core: Here’s Why

Kris Kline from Kaiser Permanente was one of many network planners at the New York WAN Summit to talk about their migration to the cloud and implementing software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN). As a nonprofit, Kaiser's goals for its network were not just about reducing costs. In fact, its latest WAN evolution highlights some familiar objectives common to many organizations moving to a hybrid WAN.

Rising Tide: Content Providers' Investment in Submarine Cables Continues

Yesterday Facebook, Microsoft, Telefonica’s Telxius group announced they are investing in a new trans-Atlantic submarine cable. The MAREA cable will take a unique path from Virginia Beach, USA to Bilboa, Spain. This system will be the third new trans-Atlantic system, following the launch of Hibernia Express last fall and AEConnect earlier this year.

Connectivity Trends in Asian Markets

I recently attended the first BKNIX Peering Forum in Bangkok, where I presented on Connectivity Trends in Asian Markets.  The presentation covered international used bandwidth in Asia, submarine cable investments, as well as wholesale transport and IPT prices.

Europe’s Mobile Merger Problems not Echoed in Fixed Line Sector

The recent decision by the European Commission (EC) to block the combination of UK cellular operators O2 and 3, along with its opposition to a merger of mobile providers in Denmark in 2015 and the launch of an in-depth investigation into a planned tie-up between two cellcos in Italy, has signalled a tougher stance towards any threat to competition in wireless markets. The situation is very different, however, when it comes to deals involving fixed line players.