Voice

Far Speaking: The History of Telephone Development From 1877 to 1935

The year? 1935. The company? Western Electric.

The product? A 12-minute documentary on the evolution of long distance telecommunications service and technology from 1877 to 1935. 

The result? Surprisingly engaging!

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.

New Year, New TeleGeography Report

Happy 2017, TeleGeographers. We're a few days into the new year and we're pleased to announce that the annual update to our TeleGeography Report is now live.

The Best Telecoms Stuff We Wrote About in 2016

We had a good time combining our research, the latest headlines, and a hearty dose of telecoms history in our blog this year. 

Here's a look back at 10 of our favorite pieces from 2016. 

Jio Whizz: India’s Newest Cellco Hits the Ground Running

It is unlikely that any operator has made a bigger splash following its launch than Reliance Jio Infocomm in India.

The cellco issued a press release earlier this month claiming to have signed up 52 million customers in 83 days. That’s an average of over 626,000 net additions every 24 hours – or more than seven new users a second.

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 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.