The Companies Competing to Break One of Africa’s Last Mobile Monopolies

After years of speculation that market liberalization was coming in Ethiopia, in May 2020 authorities kick-started the long-awaited licensing process. The Ethiopian Communications Authority (ECA) issued a request for expressions of interest (EoI) for two new telecom licenses.

With the deadline now passed, we look at the bidders vying to disrupt one of Africa’s last mobile monopolies.

The WAN and Working From Home

For several months now, much of the world has transitioned to remote work.

Where possible, knowledge workers have set up shop in home offices or kitchens or bedrooms, logging into virtual private networks and leaning on cloud services to keep business running uninterrupted.

Telia and Turkcell Part Company

Sweden’s Telia Company is one step closer to concentrating operations on its core Scandinavia and Baltic units. A recent agreement cemented the plan to offload its stake in Turkcell.

A Changing WAN, Benchmarked

"In previous iterations of the WAN, you might have seen one large MPLS cloud, but with core sites having a larger MPLS port than edge sites. Now we're seeing a lot more technology differentiation between core versus middle tier versus edge sites." 

A self-proclaimed "data guy," TeleGeography Senior Analyst and Data Science Manager Mike Bisaha has spent years building tools to help IT managers better understand the performance, design, and cost of their networks.

And he's learned a lot about what the modern WAN looks like in the process. 

Behind the Map: Making a Cable Map While Quarantined

Early in the calendar year is map design season around TeleGeography. Colorful proofs arrive at the office, which the design team pores over, so as not to miss any details. No cable left behind. No design flourish left unexamined.

So when the DC office packed up and transitioned to remote work in March 2020, we were left to wonder: how were we going to finish our cable map from within quarantine?

Everything You Wanted to Know About Sourcing Internet

The first challenge in sourcing internet is deciding what you need. It's finding a balance between cost and performance that's so important. Because in an internet world you're going to have a lot more choice than in an MPLS world.

This advice comes from Globalinternet Chief Portfolio Officer Mike Lloyd.

The Billion Dollar Bidding War for America’s 5G Spectrum

Following back-to-back 5G-suitable spectrum auctions, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) revealed the registered bidders ahead of this summer’s planned 3.5GHz sale.

Today, we look at 5G auctions to date and identify the operators who are spending big to strengthen their spectrum portfolios.

The 2020 Cable Map Has Landed

Have you heard? There's a new submarine cable map in town.

Our 2020 edition has arrived along with a new interactive experience and free map downloads. 

Now Streaming: The WAN Manager Podcast

Greg Bryan has a microphone, a seemingly endless supply of data, and the phone numbers of some prominent WAN experts. 

Sounds like the recipe for a podcast to me.

Networks in the Time of Coronavirus

Gather round. It's a new month and we have new content recommendations.

At the top of our list is a conversation led by the team at ThousandEyes featuring our own Alan Mauldin. The group gets to talking about the COVID-19 impact on cable operations and project roll-outs. Keep scrolling to listen to their chat.