Debt, Distrust, and Dealmaking: the Battle for Digicel Pacific

As GlobalComms Database users know, TeleGeography recently reclassified its regions. 

This basically means we kicked off 2021 with some Marie Kondo-level tidying by aligning our country-to-region mapping across all of our research. For the GlobalComms team, this included spinning out Oceania from Asia. 

Indeed, the exercise gave me the opportunity to check in on happenings in Oceania. And this is why I thought it was the perfect time to take a closer look at one of the region’s major developments: the likely sale of Digicel Pacific.

How Data Centers Adapted to Disruption in 2020

The data center sector rose to the challenge of 2020.

This was Jon Hjembo's opening message during his review of the interconnection sector during PTC '21.  

Stuck in the Middle Mile With You

A new class of network provider has emerged, optimizing connectivity between the office and the cloud. What do they offer? How do they do it? And what’s happening between the core backbone and local access?

TeleGeography Principal Analyst Erik Kreifeldt is in the house and Greg is asking the big questions about internet middle mile.

Over 100 5G Network Launches in 2020

More than 100 5G mobile networks went live around the world during 2020.

This included launches in Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, Poland, Hong Kong, and Sweden.

The Utopian Future of International Networks

Research Director Alan Mauldin is known on the conference circuit for presentations like "Is Your Planned Submarine Cable Doomed?" and "Is a Mass Extinction of Submarine Cables Looming?" and "The Dystopian Future of International Networks."

His latest review of submarine cable trends took us to a happier place as he explored the utopian qualities of the submarine cable landscape in 2021. 

Retail International Call Revenues Down to $64 Billion in 2019

Until 2015, international carrier voice traffic had increased in each of the previous 60 years.

In each of the past four years, paid call volumes have slumped, with no end in sight. International carriers had already suffered from revenue stagnation due to slow traffic growth and falling prices.

The unprecedented occasion of outright traffic decline, however, marked a new and depressing turning point. In reviewing developments from the past year, three major trends stand out.

SFW: Safe for WANs

What do you think of when you think of integrating security into the WAN?

WAN Dynamics' Jason Gintert sees a changing connectivity landscape that presents no shortage of challenges to security teams. 

2021 Cable Progress, Internet Shutdowns, and Bandwidth Trends

January was a mixed bag of telecom stories.

There were a handful of cable updates to watch. (Tis the season for experts and insiders to assess big projects with 2021 ready-for-service dates.)

Then there were all the policy pieces to read up on as a new administration took over in Washington, DC.

And we still had plenty of posts to take in about the pandemic's ongoing impact on all things telecom.  

Tower Talk: Meet the Companies Buying Latin America’s Cell Towers

Latin America has been a hotbed of M&A activity in recent years.

And it isn’t just telecom operators that are changing hands—the tower sector has also accounted for a number of eye-catching deals across the region.

Open Minds, Open Source SD-WAN

What is open source SD-WAN and how is it different from other "open" platforms we've already seen?

This was the right question for flexiWAN CEO Amir Zmora, who wanted to get into the SD-WAN space, but only if he could do something totally different.