The Factors Shaping Global Internet Development

The combined effects of new internet-enabled devices, growing broadband penetration in developing markets, higher broadband access rates, and bandwidth-intensive applications will continue to fuel strong internet traffic growth.

While end-user traffic requirements will continue to rise, not all of this demand will translate directly into the need for new long-haul capacity.

A variety of factors shape how the global internet will develop in coming years.

Simply Illuminating: Considering the Future of Optical Transport

Welcome back, podcast listeners. We're thrilled to dive into a new season of telecom tech talk.

First, you might have noticed that we look a little different than when we were last in your headphones. That's because we did a little old-fashioned rebranding while on summer break. What was once the WAN Manager Podcast is now TeleGeography Explains the Internet.

T-Mobile Offers Cogent a Lot of Bang for Its Buck

A dollar doesn’t go very far these days. That is, unless you’re Cogent Communications, and in the market to buy Sprint’s fiber assets from T-Mobile.

This surprising story kicks off our latest list of recommended telecom reads.

Explore the Future of the Digital Infrastructure Network

With Capacity Europe 2022 less than a month away, it’s time to get excited for Europe’s largest telecom networking conference.

This year’s event—centered around the future of the digital infrastructure network—will be held October 18-20 in London.

And to make a great thing even better, TeleGeography’s own Research Director Rob Schult will be among the list of speakers.

Africa’s Mobile Sector: Still Room for Growth

Africa’s mobile communications market continues to grow at a steady pace. And take up shows no signs of slowing. 

Subscription numbers were up 5% in 2021, following growth of 7% the year before and 6% in 2019.

According to figures from our GlobalComms Database, at the end of 2021 the continent was home to 1.22 billion mobile subscriptions, up from 1.16 billion 12 months earlier.

Measuring Provider Connectivity

If you want a single, simple number to identify the best-connected provider in the world, you may come away disappointed.

There are several ways to measure connectivity, and each highlights different strengths and weaknesses of a provider’s presence.

One basic metric is to count the number of unique Autonomous Systems (AS) to which a backbone provider connects, while filtering out internal company connections.

Here’s what we found.

Trans-Pacific Bandwidth Forecasts and Trends

New presentation alert.

Research Analyst Marvin Tan recently joined Ciena and Hawaiki for a webinar highlighting trans-Pacific submarine network opportunities.

Internet Traffic and Capacity Remain Brisk

The internet continues its return to normal—however one chooses to define this term—in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

With our newly updated Global Internet Geography Research Service,we conclude that the COVID-related expansion of internet traffic and bandwidth was largely a one-off phenomenon, and that the trends we had been observing in recent years have reasserted themselves.

International internet bandwidth and traffic growth have been gradually slowing in recent years, but they remain brisk.

Let's talk about that a bit.

How MTN Hung Up on the Middle East

Last month, it was revealed that South Africa’s MTN Group received a $31 million offer from an unnamed buyer for 100% of the shares in its Afghanistan subsidiary. The deal means that MTN is another step closer to exiting the Middle East.

Today, we take a look at how MTN set about dismantling its Middle Eastern portfolio and examine its exit strategy.

A 2022 Update on African Network Geography

Last week, Senior Research Manager Patrick Christian shared an African network geography update with the African Peering and Interconnection Forum.

Patrick's keynote showcased fresh TeleGeography data with a look at global bandwidth trends, followed by a deeper dive into African network trends.

If you weren't among the audience in Kigali, you can still catch the recording below.