International Internet Capacity Growth Just Accelerated for the First Time Since 2015

It's true. International internet capacity growth defied long-term trends in 2018 and accelerated for the first time since 2015.

This trend wasn't universal—many routes experienced slower growth in 2018. Nonetheless, global growth was buoyed by the large intra-European routes whose growth accelerated from 22 percent in 2017 to 36 percent in 2018.

Designing an Internet for the Next Billion Users

Neighbourly is Google's first Indian-inspired social network. It's taking on Facebook and WhatsApp in an internet market that will soon exceed 800 million people. 

This month we're reading about Google's pursuit of India's mobile market, as well as Skype's origin story, Verizon's 5G ambitions, and the state of affairs of the Middle East's mobile market. Keep scrolling to read it all for yourself.

More Mobile Subscribers in the Middle East, Slowed Overall Growth

The Middle East had 370.5 million wireless subscribers at the end of June 2018, up from 367.4 million at the start of the year and 361.7 million at end-2016.

But growth rates have slowed dramatically in recent years, as more mature markets in the region near a saturation point.

A Guide to 5G Spectrum Auctions in Eastern Asia: China, Japan, South Korea, and Hong Kong

As the telecom world prepares to enter the 5G era, our GlobalComms team has been tracking major 5G auctions around the globe. Catch up on all of them here.

Today we’ll look at what’s happening in major markets across eastern Asia, including China, Japan, South Korea, and Hong Kong.

Watch the Webinar: Asia-Pacific Cable Seascape & Network Analytics

Driven by the rapid growth in submarine data usage globally, the race is on among subsea cable operators and consortia to expand subsea cable capacity in the APAC region.

With new cables being announced—seemingly every month—how do existing cables stay competitive?

Outlook for IP Transit Prices in 2018

IP transit prices continued to decline steadily in 2018.

Upcoming Panel: Discovering the Untapped Potential in Terrestrial and Subsea Routes in Eurasia

Turkey has long been a geopolitical and economic gateway between Asia and Europe. It also holds a strategic position for international network development, offering a natural potential for diversified subsea and terrestrial routes along the Digital Silk Road.

TeleGeography Research Analyst Elliott Cheresh is gearing up for Capacity Eurasia 2018 in Istanbul, where he’ll moderate a panel about the untapped potential for new routes across the region.

End-User Traffic Rising, More Traffic Migrating to Private Networks

What's on the horizon for the global internet? We have a few ideas.

International internet bandwidth and traffic growth has gradually slowed in recent years, but remains brisk. And IP transit price declines continue globally, but significant regional differences in prices persist around the world.

The combined effects of new internet-enabled devices, growing broadband penetration in developing markets, higher broadband access rates, and bandwidth-intensive applications will continue to fuel strong internet traffic growth.

SD-WAN Full Mesh Capabilities Were a Big Draw for Henkel

Consumer products company Henkel converted a portion of its global network, primarily in Asia, to SD-WAN.

What sold them on the switch? SD-WAN’s ability to support full mesh capability and application-based routing were big selling points.

What We're Reading: Hawaiki is Here, IoT in Sports, and AT&T/Time Warner Developments

August might be a quiet month around your water cooler, but there is still plenty of telecoms to talk about. 

This month, we're reading about the newest cable to connect the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand. We're also taking in new developments to the story about the AT&T/Time Warner merger.