What articles have we been Slacking to one another around the office? This month that list includes a story about a new cable project that has two very big backers: Facebook and Amazon. The Jupiter cable will connect the U.S. and Asia by 2020. You can read all about it in the story by the BBC below.
The other stories we've rounded up include mergers, takeovers, and shakeups. Plus, more news on T-Mobile's ever-growing presence in the U.S. wireless market.
Why it’s worth your time: "Once completed in 2020, the Jupiter cable will stretch for more than 14,000 km and will be able to carry more than 60 terabits of data a second." You know we'll tune in for a good submarine cable story, and this fits the bill. Facebook and Amazon are both tied to a new cable that will link the Asia and the U.S. Read all about it in this BBC piece.
Why it’s worth your time: Oh yeah! Remember when we wrote about CenturyLink and Level 3 making a $25 billion deal about a year ago? Well, they finally inked that agreement. Next comes integration. Telecom Ramblings has the latest news and links to get you all caught up.
Why it’s worth your time: T-Mobile is clearly focused on growing their U.S. network. They just alerted the FCC that they're looking to purchase 700 MHz spectrum in Idaho and Wyoming, including Grand Teton National Park. This is just one new page in T-Mobile's story of shaking up the U.S. wireless market.
Why it’s worth your time: In May 1990, New York-based Millicom Incorporated won an experimental license from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission covering Houston and Orlando, kickstarting a journey that saw the company position itself as one of the earliest pioneers of mass market mobile telephony.
Our own Tom Leins recently wrote about that journey, covering MIC's presence in 21 countries, their strategic withdrawal from Africa, and their new focus on Latin America.
Why it’s worth your time: Just when you thought Sprint was going to take a break from being in the headlines, Sprint and Altice USA have agreed to an MVNO agreement. This deal will allow Altice to launch its own wireless carrier on Sprint’s network.
The story above from The Verge has all the details—and you can also expect updates on MVNO Monday, which is part of TeleGeography's free daily telecom email newsletter CommsUpdate.
Wired broadband is still expanding. At the end of 2016 there were 923 million fixed broadband subscribers globally. Pete Bell explains what that means and highlights the regions seeing the most growth.
Narrowband internet of things takes off. What can we expect to see from NB-IoT and which operators are looking to deploy it? Find out here.