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.

BT Fed to Lions After Accounting Scandal

The UK-based BT Group has been hit hard by an accounting scandal at its Italian business services subsidiary BT Italia.

Staring into the Luminiferous Ether (Or How Ethernet Got its Name)

Last year Ethernet turned 43 – and it remains one of the most widely-used local area network technologies.

And as far as telecoms history goes, few modern tools have a naming story quite like Ethernet’s.

Submarine Cables: Are We in a New Bubble?

We went 12 years without building a new cable in the Atlantic. In the last two years we've seen two builds, another announced, and more planned.

This might be why our VP of Research Tim Stronge recently asked a group of PTC 2017 attendees if we're in a submarine cable bubble.

A Year's Worth of Global Bandwidth and IP Pricing Trends

If we take a closer look at 365 days of global bandwidth and IP pricing, what do we actually see?

If you've got 15 minutes to spare, Brianna Boudreau will show you.

The Colocation Sector: Shifting Dynamics, Stable Fundamentals

There's no doubt that we've seen shifts in the colocation landscape as of late.

Content providers are moving closer to the network edge. There's been fast growth in certain Asian markets. And in the last two years about 20 new local internet exchanges have been deployed globally. 

We're Hosting a Webinar on Top Colocation Trends in 2017

We've all seen shifts in the colocation landscape over the last year. So what does 2017 have in store?

We're hosting a webinar on this topic with Digital Realty Director of Project Marketing Scott Sherwood and VP of Global Product Management Ben Gonyea on February 28, 2017, at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT.

Rise of the Apps: How OTT Traffic is Balancing a Carrier Slump

We recently wrote about the decline of international carrier traffic, which comes at the hands of “over-the-top” (OTT) communications services.

In 1954, Popular Mechanics' Headlines Were About Connecting Hemispheres

Here's a good one from the archives.

"America and Europe will soon be linked by the first trans-Atlantic telephone cables," reads this March 1954 article from Popular Mechanics.

Market Sees First Decline in International Voice Carrier Traffic Since Great Depression

With the TeleGeography Report hot off the press, it seems that there are more than a few good stories nestled in this year’s data.

First up is the curious discovery that 2015 marked a turning point in the market. It was the first time since the Great Depression that international carrier voice traffic declined.