Big Picture

The Scoop on Google's New Subsea Cable (And What it Means for Future Capacity Investments)

Google has joined a handful of carriers to complete a brand new Trans-Pacific oceanic cable – but this is hardly their first venture under the sea.

A Primer For Anyone Who Has Ever Googled “What is SD-WAN?"

Faced with the one-two punch of growing bandwidth demand and restricted network budgets, corporate wide area network (WAN) managers are constantly looking to optimize WAN design without sacrificing performance.

Enter SD-WAN.

What's up in the Cloud?

It has been a busy couple of months in the cloud. Apple and Spotify signed on as Google Cloud Platform customers. Dropbox left Amazon's AWS for its own data centers. And early this year, Hewlett-Packard shuttered its public cloud project to focus on private cloud service offerings.

A Better Business Broadband

U.K. telecom regulator Ofcom recently completed its Strategic Review of Digital Communications. The study aims to improve access to high-quality telecom services in the U.K. for both consumers and businesses. One of the study's mandates is to open up Openreach's infrastructure to other providers wishing to lay their own fiber. The study concluded that the British Telecom subsidiary discriminates against rivals and stifles broadband competition.

Latency: The Need for Speed

Reducing the latency (delay) of network traffic between locations has been the focus for financial firms engaged in high-frequency trading for several years, but this is also a goal for gaming companies as well. In a series of blog posts, Riot Games discussed how they have designed their own latency-optimized network. When linking destinations around the world, comparing the latency of the various submarine cables is critical.

The Outlook for the Voice Traffic Business

Over the past two decades, the international long-distance industry has experienced wrenching changes. Service providers have weathered market liberalization, the enormous telecom market bubble and its aftermath, intense competition, rapid technological innovation, and non-stop price declines.