Alan Mauldin

Alan Mauldin is a Research Director at TeleGeography. He manages the company’s infrastructure research group, focusing primarily on submarine cables, terrestrial networks, international Internet infrastructure, and bandwidth demand modeling. He also advises clients with due diligence analysis, feasibility studies, and business plan development for projects around the world. Alan speaks frequently about the global network industry at a wide range of conferences, including PTC, Submarine Networks World, and SubOptic.

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A Complete List of Content Providers' Submarine Cable Holdings

In the words of TeleGeography's Director of Colocation Research Jon Hjembo"Content is driving everything and that’s one of the biggest trends that we’re watching right now."

Stranger Things: Why Netflix Isn’t Behind New Submarine Cable Builds

Besides sharks eating undersea cables, one of the biggest myths that I’ve seen recently is Netflix being cited alongside Google, Facebook, and Microsoft as a contributor to new submarine cable investment.

Three Facts That Summarize the Current Global Wholesale Bandwidth Market

We've been tracking the market for long-haul networks and submarine cables since 1999. Our data documents the tectonic shift from submarine cable consortium owners to private builders and the eventual tech bubble burst.

But what does the global wholesale bandwidth market look like today?

We pulled three facts out of our Global Bandwidth Research Service to paint a picture.

Shaping the Global Wholesale Bandwidth Market

The global wholesale bandwidth market is influenced by many factors—some that change the face of the industry and others that contribute a certain measure of predictability.

The industry is perpetually marked by the impetus to keep innovation and cost competitiveness ahead of inevitable price erosion

What's the Difference Between Lit Capacity and Potential Capacity?

When we talk about a submarine cable's bandwidth there’s one important distinction to make.

Are we talking about lit capacity or potential capacity?

Cable Breakage: When and How Cables Go Down

Earlier this year we fielded some of the most frequently asked questions about submarine cables. How do they work? How thick are they? How many kilometers of cable are there?

Today, we're going back under the sea to talk about what happens when bad things happen to good submarine cables.

Frequently Asked Questions: Submarine Cables 101

I’ve been involved with TeleGeography’s research on submarine cables since 2000. Over the years I’ve fielded numermous questions about the submarine cable industry from journalists, investors, family, and friends.

It seems as good a time as any to provide a compilation of answers to some of the most commonly asked questions.

The Submarine Cable Building Boom Has Only Just Begun

Last week I attended the Submarine Networks World Conference in Singapore. A record number of attendees was no doubt a reflection of the submarine cable sector's vibrancy.

TeleGeography estimates that $9.8 billion of new cables are entering service in 2016-2018. And, unsurprisingly, building more cables seemed to be on everyone’s mind. 

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.

Connected by a Thread

As kids, many of us attached a pair of tin cans to the ends of a long string to create a primitive telephone. Somewhat ironically, modern global telecommunications still functions in a somewhat similar manner.