The Submarine Cable Boom as Told by the Last Five Years of TeleGeography Cable Maps

Have you gotten your 2018 submarine cable map yet? If so, you might have noticed that we're tracking a whopping 366 submarine cable systems this time around.

There's been lots of conversation about the recent boom in submarine cable construction. This flurry of activity becomes clearer when our annual map is viewed over time.

Recommended Reads: Demand for Interconnection, Big Ethernet Moves, and More

It's time for another batch of telecom stories from around the internet.

This month we're sharing the latest submarine cable talk, some fiber footprint chatter, and a handy explainer on why you're seeing AT&T's name in the news.

Keep scrolling for these links and others. 

Arabian Bytes: Broadband Access in the Middle East

The Middle East is a mixed bag when it comes to fixed broadband penetration.

Some countries have more than four out of five households subscribing to a high speed fixed or fixed-wireless service. But others lag far behind, with customers relying on cellular networks for their broadband access.

The 2018 Submarine Cable Map: 366 Cable Systems to Know

It's a great day to be a submarine cable fan. 

Why, you ask? Because the latest and greatest TeleGeography Submarine Cable map is now available.

The 2018 edition, which is sponsored by Telecom Egypt, depicts 366 cable systems and 1,006 landing stations that are currently active, under construction, or expected to be fully-funded by the end of 2020.

Game of Phones: How Fresh Blood Could Reshape the Mobile Battleground of Brazil

Brazilian full-service telecom operator Oi has had a rough ride since the 2014 collapse of its ill-fated merger with Portugal Telecom. Oi remains saddled with an enormous debt from this move; the telco filed the largest bankruptcy request in Brazil’s history in June 2016, effectively leaving it at the mercy of its creditors.

Today we look at the front-runners for a potential takeover of Oi, as well as related companies and assets that could come into play in the next few years.

Webinar: Contracts and SLAs in the SD-WAN Environment

An SD-WAN enabled network transformation raises unique issues about the way enterprise customers source and contract these services.

Getting what you bargained for during contract negotiations is paramount. But so is maintaining flexibility in your legal arrangements to ensure that your organization maximizes the benefits of moving your network to an SD-WAN solution.

The 2018 Middle East Telecommunications Map is Here

Great news. TeleGeography’s 2018 Middle East Telecommunications Map, sponsored by Telecom Egypt, is now available for purchase.

Four Facts About Provider Connectivity

Every network must rely on other networks to reach parts of the internet that it does not itself serve; there is no such thing as a ubiquitous internet backbone provider.

So how do providers stack up against one another in terms of connectivity?

2018 Submarine Cable and Capacity Pricing Trends in Asia-Pacific

This week Research Director Alan Mauldin ventured to Kathmandu to take part in APRICOT 2018. On Monday he took to the stage with a presentation about submarine cable and pricing trends in the region. (You can download his slides here or keep scrolling to watch the whole thing.)

More Cables Coming from Google

Lots of telecom stories to consume this month. Chief among them is Google's recent announcement of three new undersea cables (Curie, Havfrue, and HK-G) that are scheduled to go online next year. 

The Curie cable will be the first new cable to land in Chile in almost 20 years. You can read up on it in the TechCrunch post below. We're also sharing stories about cable security, pricing trends, and wireless subscribers in Asia. Happy reading.