Submarine Cables

The Evolution of Submarine Cable Connectivity in Africa

Fact: Before 2009, only 16 African countries were connected to a submarine cable system. Since then, 26 cable systems have been deployed to connect the region.

TG Spotlight: A Cable Boom, an Evolving Latin American Market

TeleGeography's Spotlight is a monthly email in which we interview one of our analysts about content from our blog. Today we're sharing our January interview on the Latin American cable market. To get the Spotlight in your inbox, sign up here.

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.

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.

Wouldn't it be Nice if Your Network Told You When a Cable Was About to Fail?

Brian Lavellée, Director of Portfolio Marketing at Ciena, posed this question to webinar-watchers last Wednesday. How great would it be if you got an advanced warning prior to a submarine cable going down?

Brian was joined by TeleGeography Senior Analyst Brianna Boudreau to tackle this idea and others about the cable business.

[Webinar] Open for Business – Real-World Business Benefits of Open Submarine Cables

TeleGeography’s latest research tells a story about soaring submarine network bandwidth and eroding prices for transoceanic bandwidth services. 

Flashback Friday: An Underwater Cable of 1939

When it comes to undersea cables, we've come a long way.

Take this 1939 Bell Systems reel, which showcases scenes from the San Francisco Harbor, as workmen ready submarine telephone cable that is to live at the bottom of the San Francisco Bay, winding beneath the Bay Bridge.

The Era of the Undersea Cable

You’ve heard it all before. Capacity demands are up.

But do you know just how quickly global bandwidth is growing?

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. 

Google and Facebook Have Joined the Pacific Light Cable Project

Perhaps you've heard that Google and Facebook have joined the Pacific Light Cable Project.

We've compiled several resources to explain why content providers are getting into the cable game. (And we also have some insight on the cable in question.)