New U.S. Broadband Proposal Does the Electric Slide

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By Kristin LeeAug 18, 2022


🎶 It’s electric!
You can’t see it (it’s electric!)
You gotta feel it (it’s electric!) 🎶

Our August list of telecom reading recs starts off with new legislation designed to speed up broadband rollouts by tapping into the U.S. electric grid.

Also on the docket? An update on Ukrainian connectivity and a trio of TeleGeography experts in the news.

Senators want to tap U.S. electric grid for broadband rollouts

If passed, this bill “would require the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to dish out grants to facilitate the construction or expansion of middle mile fiber infrastructure along electrical grid lines.” 

Check out this Fierce Telecom piece to stay current on grant recipient requirements and who is backing this proposal.

Kyivstar shows resilience in Ukraine

This Light Reading article zeroes in on the impressive performance of Kyivstar's mobile network, VEON—which has reportedly maintained 90% mobile-network availability despite the circumstances.

To maintain this level of availability, “4,100 repairs of basestations have been performed, and more than 30 kilometers of broken fiber-optic cable has been replaced” since February.

Google Equiano: Internet giant bets big on Africa with latest megaproject

It's always exciting when submarine cables pop up on popular news outlets. And it's even better when our own Submarine Cable Map and Research Director Alan Mauldin are featured.

Click the headline above for CNN's highlight of the Equiano cable.

Fiber optic technology powers the internet, and it’s a big business

CNBC is also talking fiber.

You can catch TeleGeography Senior Research Manager Jon Hjembo discussing fiber optic cable deployment and how fiber compares to satellite at 7:46 and 15:20.


SD-WAN a Sliver of Large Enterprise WAN Market

According to our research, the global SD-WAN market for large multinational enterprises is worth $3 billion. This accounts for just 5% of the total market.

To round out this month’s list, we've got sdxCentral’s coverage of our recent WAN Market Size Report findings, featuring Senior Manager Greg Bryan.


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Alan Mauldin

Alan Mauldin

Alan Mauldin is a Research Director at TeleGeography. He manages the company’s infrastructure research group, focusing primarily on submarine cables, terrestrial networks, international Internet infrastructure, and bandwidth demand modeling. He also advises clients with due diligence analysis, feasibility studies, and business plan development for projects around the world. Alan speaks frequently about the global network industry at a wide range of conferences, including PTC, Submarine Networks World, and SubOptic.

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Jon Hjembo

Jon Hjembo

Senior Research Manager Jonathan Hjembo joined TeleGeography in 2009 and heads the company’s data center research, tracking capacity development and pricing trends in key global markets. He also specializes in research on international transport and internet infrastructure development, with a particular focus on Eastern Europe, and he maintains the dataset for TeleGeography’s website,

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Greg Bryan

Greg Bryan

Greg is Senior Manager, Enterprise Research at TeleGeography. He's spent the last decade and a half at TeleGeography developing many of our pricing products and reports about enterprise networks. He is a frequent speaker at conferences about corporate wide area networks and enterprise telecom services. He also hosts the WAN Manager Podcast.

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