Brianna Boudreau

Senior Research Manager Brianna Boudreau joined TeleGeography in 2008. She specializes in pricing and market analysis for wholesale and enterprise network services with a regional focus on Asia and Oceania. While at TeleGeography, Brianna has helped develop and launch several new lines of research, including our Cloud and WAN Research Service.

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Recent Presentation Posts

Global Pricing Trends in a New Era

At this year’s Pacific Telecommunications Council conference, I spent some time talking through TeleGeography’s latest pricing research findings and tackling the most common questions we've received over the past year.

In case you missed it, here's a recap of my Taylor Swift-themed presentation: Global Pricing Trends in a New Era.

Global Pricing in Uncharted Territory

Historically, the two most predictable trends in the bandwidth market have been consistent demand growth and price erosion. But those trends have been challenged over the past few years.

Recent supply chain issues and geopolitical challenges have dramatically slowed price erosion globally. For the first time, we're asking ourselves, are prices actually increasing?

Price Trends to Watch in 2022

"The two most predictable trends in the bandwidth market have been persistent demand growth and price erosion."

For PTC '22, Senior Research Manager Brianna Boudreau took a look at the most common pricing questions we've gotten over the past year to think through how they might play out in 2022.

In previous iterations of this workshop, our first question would not be if prices are falling, but by how much?

Recent Posts

Jun 3, 2024

Bandwidth Price Erosion: Accelerating on Some Routes, Still Stalled on Others

We’ve witnessed an unprecedented slowing of bandwidth price erosion globally over the past few years, as network investors, carriers, and customers grappled with delays in new network projects, existing system upgrades, and rising equipment costs.

For the first time, many customers found themselves asking if prices were actually increasing and when price declines would return to typical levels.

While the supply chain constraints and card shortages that spurred this trend have resolved themselves, geopolitical issues have not. As a result, recent price trends vary dramatically by region.

Apr 23, 2024

Find the Right SD-WAN Vendor With Our Free 2024 Guide

It’s been almost a decade since SD-WAN burst onto the scene, and the service is undeniably a critical component of today’s enterprise WAN. 

The core benefits associated with SD-WAN technology are consistent across all provider offerings—reduced cost and network complexity, ease of upgrades and policy changes, increased flexibility and network performance, and increased visibility into application performance.

But a dizzying array of SD-WAN service options still remain in the market.

Providers continue to add new service and security features to distinguish themselves in a crowded marketplace. And this multitude of different service options are reflected in the range of reported prices in the market.

Luckily, there is a light at the end of the tunnel: TeleGeography’s 2024 SD-WAN Vendor Guide.

Feb 14, 2024

Global Pricing Trends in a New Era

At this year’s Pacific Telecommunications Council conference, I spent some time talking through TeleGeography’s latest pricing research findings and tackling the most common questions we've received over the past year.

In case you missed it, here's a recap of my Taylor Swift-themed presentation: Global Pricing Trends in a New Era.

Aug 3, 2023

How the Cost of Network Ownership Can Change Over Time

Enterprise customers have embraced hybrid networks that employ multiple underlay technologies combined with an SD-WAN overlay. And for good reason.

Many SaaS applications and cloud services have been optimized to work over local internet connections rather than through central internet breakouts. The integration of an SD-WAN overlay addresses many of the concerns about network performance and security that come along with incorporating internet into the WAN.

And as we detailed in our recent blog series, the DIA and broadband services included in these hybrid networks are often cheaper than MPLS–sometimes considerably so. This allows WAN managers to reduce network spend or increase their capacity while staying within the same budget.

But even after enterprise customers have undergone a network transformation, it is still imperative for them to keep tabs on the market and assess what their network should cost. Particularly if their network contract includes a benchmarking clause.

With the latest update of our enterprise port pricing, we looked back at some previous hypothetical network scenarios to see how the cost of network ownership can change over time.

Jul 12, 2023

SD-What? A Quick Explanation of What SD-WAN Is and How It’s Deployed

Corporate traffic patterns continue to change. And static, single technology transport networks designed to secure internal corporate communications no longer meet network requirements.

Today they are being replaced by dynamic, hybrid, application-aware networks.

These new WANs are intelligent at the edge. They are able to categorize data and route it over a variety of transport types based on policy or application performance requirements. And they ensure a high-quality, secure experience to users regardless of their physical location, access device, or application location.

One innovation assisting WAN managers in deploying hybrid networks—while also ensuring the security and performance of their network—is SD-WAN.

Feb 9, 2023

Global Pricing in Uncharted Territory

Historically, the two most predictable trends in the bandwidth market have been consistent demand growth and price erosion. But those trends have been challenged over the past few years.

Recent supply chain issues and geopolitical challenges have dramatically slowed price erosion globally. For the first time, we're asking ourselves, are prices actually increasing?

Dec 7, 2022

Hypothetical Network Series #5: Let’s Throw Bandwidth at the Problem

So far, we’ve looked at several more conservative approaches to constructing a hybrid WAN.

But what if we went all the way down the rabbit hole to an all Internet WAN?

For example, throwing a lot of bandwidth at the network and letting SD-WAN take care of the internet performance.

Nov 14, 2022

Hypothetical Network Series #2: Tiered Sites Approach

Use of the internet in corporate WANs is quickly growing. And for good reason.

Not only are internet services such as DIA and broadband cheaper than MPLS, many of the SaaS applications and cloud services that enterprises have adopted have been optimized to work over local internet connections rather than through central internet breakouts.

In addition, SD-WAN has emerged as a tool that allows WAN managers to incorporate these lower cost internet services into their network without sacrificing performance or security. But not every network site (or enterprise customer) is a good fit for an all internet WAN.

In our next two scenarios, we take an approach that we see many enterprises taking—designating network sites into tiers and assigning different network services to each tier. This allows companies to add in local internet breakouts at most offices, but keep some MPLS at higher priority sites that need service level assurances. 

Oct 5, 2022

Price Erosion Remains the Universal Norm

Our latest Global Internet Geography Research Service refresh came with new pricing data.

And if you'd like a sample of this new data, you've come to the right place. Let's jump right in, shall we?

Jul 25, 2022

How Providers Are Approaching the Middle Mile in 2022

Enterprises can choose few or many providers in the middle mile (or none at all). As with other technology procurement decisions, this depends on an individual enterprise’s capability to orchestrate multiple vendors and preferences for specific vendors in the chain.

It also depends on current network infrastructure and the desire to leverage that toward a reconfigured WAN, as well as the performance and cost goals the enterprise wants to achieve.