Patrick Christian

Patrick Christian is a Senior Research Manager with TeleGeography. He heads the Cloud and WAN Infrastructure research service. He also focuses on African and European markets specializing in international bandwidth markets and internet infrastructure, WAN services, terrestrial and submarine cable systems, and international voice traffic analysis.

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Recent Presentation Posts

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.

Putting The Data Center Geography in TeleGeography

When our new WAN Geography Benchmark got a bit of buzz earlier this year, we thought it'd be cool to invite Principal Analyst Patrick Christian back to the pod to explain how this tool was developed.

It's one of those origin stories where a major customer needed to use several of our databases to run a bespoke analysis of their network. The project sparked a bright idea for how to help other enterprises with their data center decision-making.

2021 Trends in Cloud Infrastructure and Global Networks

Any day that ends in "y" is a good one to explore cloud networks. (New TeleGeography slogan?)

But that's exactly what's happening in Patrick Christian's latest presentation, which reviews underlying cloud infrastructure, its evolution, and its impact on global networks. 

Recent Posts

A 2022 Update on Interconnection Geography

I recently had the pleasure of not only attending the 2022 European Peering Forum, but also presenting my own update on interconnection geography.

Unsurprisingly, there was a lot to cover. A full 47 slides, to be exact.

Here are some highlights from my presentation.

New Cables Are Coming to Africa

While used international bandwidth has significantly increased in Africa in recent years, the region has been plagued by submarine cable faults.

Here's a look at eight new cables planned to help reduce the impact of these faults and increase supply.

Dedicated Cloud Connectivity Pricing, Demystified

Major Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) offer dedicated, private network connections to their services. These connections complement enterprise WANs with secure, high-performance connectivity.

Today, we'll examine dedicated connection pricing.

A Whole Lot of Wholesale Voice Market Data

Many retail service providers, such as mobile operators, MVNOs, and cable broadband providers, rely heavily on wholesale carriers to transport and terminate their customers’ international calls.

Our recently updated TeleGeography Report and Database provides new voice traffic data and analysis—including trends in wholesale prices and revenues.

I think you know where we're going with this.

Let's talk data.

Wholesale Carriers Terminated Approximately 307 Billion Minutes of Traffic in 2019

Many retail service providers—such as mobile operators, MVNOs, and cable broadband providers—rely heavily on wholesale carriers to transport and terminate their customers’ international calls.

Wholesale carriers terminated approximately 307 billion minutes of traffic in 2019, down 6% from 2018.

How to Connect to the Cloud

A simple broadband connection to the internet remains one of the most common ways to access cloud networks and services. But as these services and architectures evolve, so do the ways companies can connect.

Today we're sharing our guide to connecting to cloud services from our Cloud and WAN Infrastructure service. (For more on cloud service providers and related geography, jump over to our interactive Cloud Infrastructure Map.)

WAN Service and Pricing Trends for 2020

The world of WAN services can seem like the Wild West to even the savviest of WAN managers. We try to bring some order to this world with our Cloud and WAN Infrastructure research service.

Wholesale Carriers Terminated Approximately 327 Billion Minutes in 2018

Many retail service providers, such as mobile operators, MVNOs, and cable broadband providers, rely heavily on wholesale carriers to transport and terminate their customers’ international calls.

Wholesale carriers terminated approximately 327 billion minutes of traffic in 2018, down 3% from 2017. While wholesale traffic declined in 2018, over the last 10 years it has seen a compounded annual growth rate of 3%.

IP VPN, DIA, and EVPN, Explained

What's the difference between VPN, DIA, and EVPN, you ask?

Where to start? Here are some key definitions that we use in our research.

The Tricky Geography of Enterprise Network Services

It's impossible for every carrier to connect to every city in their customers’ networks. At the end of the day, not all services are available everywhere.

So what does the geographic coverage of enterprise network services actually look like?