Mapping The Cloud Provider Ecosystem

It's a big week for map resources around here.

Allow us to add one more into the mix: our new, free Cloud Infrastructure Map.

The Global Bandwidth Magic Eight Ball Says "Ask Again Later"

What does the future hold for the global bandwidth market?

The two most predictable trends are persistent demand growth and price erosion. Beyond that, operators will have to navigate the major uncertainties of an evolving sector and a global pandemic.

Here are a few of the key trends from our Global Bandwidth Research Service, among many, that will affect the long-haul capacity market in the coming years.

A Maverick Operator is Hoping to Challenge the Status Quo in Colombia

With a wireless population penetration rate exceeding 120% and a competitive landscape that includes five mobile network operators and several prominent MVNOs, few people would consider Columbia an enticing target market.

One intrepid telco disagrees.

i3forum Tracks COVID-19 Impact on International Voice Traffic

The COVID-19 pandemic has absolutely changed the way the world lives, works, and connects. (We've been monitoring the latest network developments and logging our own analysis here.)

The team at i3forum recently released data on the increase in international voice traffic captured by i3forum Insights, a market database used to track and analyze international voice services. 

Liberty vs Security: The Battle Over SIM Registration

Would you be happy to have your fingerprints taken or get a facial scan to access phone services? Or would you consider it intrusive?

The 2020 Submarine Cable Map: A Decade of Undersea Evolution

There’s been plenty of talk about the recent boom in submarine cable construction. And TeleGeography's Submarine Cable Map has tracked the physical, real-world results of this explosion for nearly 20 years. 

On Wednesday, June 10 at 11:00am ET we're going to expand this discussion with our friends at Ciena.

2Africa is Coming

Lots of submarine cable chatter this week around the announcement of 2Africa, the latest cable from owners Facebook, Vodafone, MTN Group, China Mobile, WIOCC, Orange, Telecom Egypt, and Saudi Telecom.

We pulled several stories about the Facebook-backed cable, what it means for connectivity in the region, and how much folks expect it to cost. Keep scrolling for more.

WAN Pricing Mythbusters: Do Tier 1 Carriers Charge More for DIA?

My colleague Elizabeth Thorne and I have been working on busting–or confirming–WAN pricing myths that we’ve heard in the wild. Last time I took on MPLS and DIA price convergence. 

I’m going to stick with DIA for this post, too.

Specifically, I want to know if Tier 1 IP providers charge more for DIA service than others. This is a myth I’ve actually argued in favor of in the past. It is certainly true that some carriers can provide a higher level of service, i.e. traffic that takes the fewest hops between destinations, and maybe even traffic that never touches another provider’s network. This might warrant higher prices.

WAN Pricing Mythbusters: Can SD-WAN Cut Your Network Spend in Half?

Welcome back to the third installment of our mythbusting series, where we break down legends in telecom pricing and see if they hold water. (Don’t miss our investigations on tall tales in local access budgeting and MPLS/DIA pricing lore.)

Between 2015 & 2019 Lit Capacity More Than Tripled on Many Routes

Demand for international bandwidth is more than doubling every two years. To meet this demand, companies are investing in existing networks and in new infrastructure.