Patrick Christian

Patrick Christian is a Senior Research Manager with TeleGeography. He heads the Cloud and WAN 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

Africa Update: More Cables, Less Dependency on Europe

When Senior Research Manager Patrick Christian returned to the African Peering and Interconnection Forum this year, he did not come empty-handed.

Tucked into his suitcase—or, more accurately, safely stored in the cloud—was Patrick’s keynote presentation, a brand new African Network Geography Update.

Watch the recording below to explore global network trends, African bandwidth trends, localized content growth, and end-user demand.

You’ll also hear a bit about 2Africa and what we can expect when the cable system comes online.

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.

Recent Posts

Ranking the World’s Largest International Voice Carriers

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 257 billion minutes of traffic in 2022, down 5% from 2021. Wholesale traffic declined at an average rate of 1% per year over the past ten years, compared to a -2% CAGR for overall traffic. Wholesale carriers terminated nearly three-fourths (72%) of international traffic in 2022, up from 70% the year before.

Traffic to mobile phones in emerging markets has spurred expansion in wholesalers' share of the overall market. In 2022, wholesale carriers terminated over 87% of traffic to Sub-Saharan Africa and South America. In contrast, wholesale carriers terminated only 56% of traffic to Western Europe.

Wholesale revenues have changed only marginally from ten years ago. But let’s take a moment to look under the hood.

Mapping Out Asia’s Cloud Data Center and Connectivity Market

Last week, I presented the latest TeleGeography data on Asian cloud data centers through a live webinar with Ciena.

Let's talk through the first section of my presentation, which maps out the region’s current cloud data center and cloud service provider landscape.

I'll also share a link to download my slides and watch a recording of the discussion.

These Two Regions Account For About 65% of the World’s Cloud Data Centers

Cloud services have become a critical component of many enterprises' data management. And how enterprises reach the cloud service providers' data centers has become an important issue.

Traditionally, the plain old internet sufficed. But there's more than one way to skin a cat.

Get Acquainted With Our Cloud Infrastructure Map

If you're not familiar with TeleGeography’s Cloud Infrastructure Map—a free tool that tracks cloud data centers and on-ramps both built and planned—now is a great time to get acquainted.

Why, you ask? When our team updated the Cloud and WAN Research Service for 2023, the Cloud Infrastructure Map also got a refresh.

Keep reading to get the lowdown on our latest version and why you ought to be using it.

How Did Retail International Call Revenues Fare in 2022?

Retail international long distance (ILD) call revenues have slowly withered in recent years. So, too, has ILD’s contribution to overall carrier revenues.

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.