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.

The Major Uncertainties of the Global Bandwidth Sector

It is said that only three things are certain in life. The future of the global bandwidth market is not one of them.

Beyond persistent demand growth and price erosion—the two most predictable trends—operators will have to navigate the major uncertainties of an evolving sector.

According to our freshly updated Global Bandwidth Research Service, these key factors will impact the long-haul capacity market in the coming years.

Z-axis Technology Takes Location Data to New Heights

It’s our first telecom reading list of the summer, and the headlines are coming in hot.

First up—Z-axis support for 911 calls.

Scroll on down to read about this critical development for public safety, the ghost of Sprint’s 5G network, new Ukrainian voice intel, and more.

Content Providers Binge on Global Bandwidth

Our newly updated Global Bandwidth Research Service shows that the global bandwidth market is still experiencing massive demand growth.

Between 2019 and 2021 alone, international bandwidth used by global networks doubled to reach nearly 2,900 Tbps.

So, who's driving all this demand growth for international capacity?

What's Wireless Got to Do With It?

Anyone in the WAN business—from the carrier or end-user side—knows that local access can present some of the biggest challenges in corporate networks.

There's a physical geography problem that's not easy to overcome. We're talking about pulling and maintaining wires to all corporate sites, which is especially challenging when customers need physical diversity and protection.

Wireless has long been a backup of last resort for many users, but 5G has presented the promise of relieving this pain point.

Zeroing in on the Trans-Atlantic Submarine Corridor

Ah, the great Atlantic.

It's the world's second-largest body of water and the most heavily trafficked route in terms of submarine cable capacity.

It also happens to be TeleGeography VP of Research Tim Stronge's favorite ocean.

Tim told us as much during a recent Ciena webinar, where he gave a live presentation all about the Trans-Atlantic Submarine Corridor.

How Enterprises Are Implementing NaaS (And Leaving MPLS)

While NaaS and the middle mile are still fairly new concepts, they're not new to the WAN Manager Podcast.

In episodes past, you've seen—or rather, heard—us shine a spotlight on the framework, concept, market players, and products available.

So let's look at things from another perspective.

Ukraine’s Inbound Voice Traffic Is Surging. Here’s How We Know.

You already know that Ukrainians are taking to platforms like Twitter, Telegram, and TikTok to share the sights and sounds of Russia’s invasion.

But here’s a new development: in just one month, carriers have clocked a sevenfold increase in international voice traffic to Ukraine.

Meet the Cellcos Serving Rural America: Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of our analysis of the regional cellular scene in the United States!

In this installment, we scrutinize some of the most interesting cellcos operating in far-flung corners of rural America.

If you missed Part 1 of our deep dive, you can catch up here.

Untying the Gordian Knot, Unlocking Your Future Network

The TeleGeography team began benchmarking networks almost a decade ago. (Time flies when you're having fun!)

Back then, the big use case was making sure that carrier and customer were on the same page about how much MPLS and access prices had fallen over the life of a contract—and how far prices would probably fall in the next several years.