TeleGeography's Kate Reilly recently dug into Middle Eastern telecommunications through her presentation International Network Connectivity in the Middle East.
The Capacity Middle East audience was treated to an in-depth walkthrough of international bandwidth, regional pricing highlights, and the latest submarine cable developments.
For starters, international bandwidth connected to the Middle East is growing. However, the majority of deployed bandwidth connects the region to Europe. This trend has remained consistent over the past few years.
And while the increase of bandwidth to the Middle East is remarkable, total bandwidth as an absolute number is small compared to other regions.
While we're making comparisons—internet backbone providers accounted for the majority of deployed bandwidth on Europe-Middle East and Egypt routes in 2018. This is notable when viewed alongside other major international routes where content provider demand is strong.
New cloud data centers are coming to the region, which could make this graphic look pretty different in the years to come. Only time will tell.