How Submarine Cables are Keeping Trains (and Planes!) Running on Time

No one likes a delayed flight, much less a canceled one. But that's exactly what happened in Pakistan following a drastic slowdown of the internet, which was the result of a submarine cable fault. 

We've been reading up on this story, as well as a new study about victims of DDoS attacks, spectrum in South Africa, and mobile disruptor Reliance Jio Infocomm. Scope out our reading list below.

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.

Could South Africa Become a Cloud Hub for Africa? Patrick Christian Explores at AfPIF 2017.

Microsoft recently announced that it plans to bring two cloud data centers online in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

If other regions are indicators—like South America and Australia—other cloud providers could follow suit, making South Africa a cloud hub for Africa.

The Jio Effect: How the Newcomer Made an Impact in India

The second most populous nation in the world, India has the second largest mobile market behind China. By March 2017, India was home to 1.17 billion mobile subscribers, up from 1.03 billion 12 months earlier and 969.89 million in March 2015.

Despite this, cellular penetration is comparatively low at around 90 percent at Q1 2017. This is just under the typical 93 percent among countries with a similar per-capita GDP, but well below the regional average of 100 percent.

Repairing a Damaged Submarine Cable: How MainOne Was Put Back in Service

When the MainOne Submarine Fiber Cable System went down in mid-June, what were the steps taken to restore service on July 3?

Geography Matters: Metro Access Price Trends

One thing that Local Access Pricing Service subscribers get a feel for is how many truly local factors drive pricing for metro access services. 

The number of competing access suppliers, physical infrastructure deployed, technologies used, local or national regulatory regimes, and even customer spend contribute to price variation. Prices differ not only by country and city, but in many cases even by individual building.

Miss an Edition of the TeleGeography Digest? Read it Online.

Quick update, telecoms readers. If you missed any edition of our monthly newsletter, you can now read everything online.

The Future of the WAN: Fewer Tradeoffs?

More bandwidth. Better performance. More flexibility.

We’ve been accustomed to thinking of these as trade-offs when it comes to wide area networking (WAN). However, enterprises are increasingly maximizing all three factors, as a panel at WAN Summit San Jose illustrated.

Three Colocation Pricing Facts Every Networker Should Know

We dug into the latest summary of key findings from our innovative Colocation Database to extract three pricing facts we think any colo expert should have on their radar. Here's what we've got.

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