Your Coffee Break Starts Now: Stories About SD-WAN, Broadband, Internet Development, and More

May reading recommendations are in.

Our spring lineup includes a Network World post about the challenges facing SD-WAN. In this story, Steve Garson charts a shift in the SD-WAN market, measuring the need for SLAs in SD-WAN services, the impact of the cloud, and much more.

We're also sharing news and notes on Latin America's broadband sector, insights on internet development in Asia, and a refresher on why you've seen ZTE's name in the news. These coffee break reads are all linked below.  

Mergers and Acquisitions are Reshaping Eastern Europe. Here's How.

We may be less than halfway through the year, but 2018 has already seen the announcement of two major multi-country telecom operator sales in Eastern Europe. Norwegian powerhouse Telenor and UK-based Liberty Global both took steps to exit the region.

Today we look at the reconfigured telecom landscape and identify the key players to watch.

Latin America’s Broadband Sector Continues its Growth

The fixed broadband market in Latin America and the Caribbean has undergone steady subscriber take-up in recent years, with a compound annual growth rate of 12.9 percent between the end of 2004 and end-2017.

The region was home to 77.4 million fixed high speed internet customers at the end of 2017, up from 72.4 million a year earlier.

Watch Now: Jon Hjembo and Brian Lavallée Talk Data Centers

Growth in global bandwidth consumption won't be slowing down any time soon. It's no surprise that this trend is fueling the need for more data centers and, subsequently, network capacity to interconnect data centers.

As cloud and content providers steer network and data center development, our own Jon Hjembo and Ciena's Brian Lavallée sat down to discuss the latest data center trends driving subsea connectivity growth.

Click below to listen to their full conversation.

In for the Long Haul: Capacity Market Trends to Watch

What do you get when you cross persistent demand growth and price erosion with shifts in demand sources and changes in network deployment strategies? You get sizable challenges for the wholesale telecom market, that's what.

Today we're examining a few of the key trends—including the headaches—that will affect the long-haul capacity market in the coming years.

Charting the State of the WAN in 2018

What drives your SD-WAN adoption? Will MPLS be part of your WAN? Are you benchmarking your network spend?

We asked these questions—and many more—to the audience during our recent WAN Summit New York. Keep scrolling to see what attendees said about SD-WAN, MPLS, and more.

Submarine Cable Redundancy, Explained

One of our recent recommended reads was all about what happened when a cable was cut near Mauritania.

The short version? On March 30, damage to the ACE cable disrupted internet service to connected countries, with reported problems occurring over the next several days. The Dyn blog reported that “of the countries listed as having landing points for the ACE Submarine Cable, 10 had significant disruptions evident in Oracle’s Internet Intelligence data.”

EMEA Carriers Embrace SD-WAN

Europe was initially slower than North America to adopt SD-WAN. But in recent years the technology has caught on and spread to the broader Europe/Middle East/Africa (EMEA) region.

Cable Down: What Happened When a Cable Was Cut Near Mauritania Last Month

April reading recommendations are in. First up? We've got a great post from the Dyn blog about the aftermath of a cable cut near Mauritania. (It's a brilliant example of redundancy at work.)

We've also got stories about data centers, 5G, and new cables that will be coming to submarinecablemap.com real soon. Read up on all of our picks below.

All Eyes on the Enterprise: The Latest in Ethernet VPN and SD-WAN

TeleGeography’s Cloud and WAN Infrastructure analyzes service and pricing trends for four key enterprise network services: virtual private networks (VPNs) based on internet protocol (IP) and multi-protocol label switching (MPLS); dedicated internet access (DIA); Ethernet VPN (EVPN); and Ethernet private line (EPL).

This analysis—which has recently been updated with new data—reviews these services and the developing software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) service.

Today we’re sharing the latest on Ethernet VPN and SD-WAN services. Click here to catch up on our recent post about MPLS IP VPN and DIA services.