Trendspotting: Top Telecom Trends To Look Out for in 2024

With 2024 now well and truly underway, we take a look at some of the top trends that GlobalComms subscribers can expect to see a lot more of this year.

Why Do You Need a New Network Security Posture?

“Enterprises have shifted connectivity to the internet, mostly with DIA. This changes the security environment away from private MPLS to the best-efforts public internet.”

Last week, Senior Manager of Enterprise Research Greg Bryan joined Ciena's Brian Lavallée for a live webinar all about submarine cables and security.

For his part, Greg described how the enterprise network has shifted in the last few years, how carriers and enterprises have responded to these changes, and why geography matters in network security.

Wi-Fi 6 Afraid of 7?

On TeleGeography Explains the Internet, we often focus on the long-haul, zeroing in on the network portion of telecoms. Today, with the help of Tiago Rodrigues, President and CEO of the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA), we’re switching things up a bit.

Drawing upon his vast expertise in the Wi-Fi space, Tiago steps into the hot seat to outline the key issues in the wireless LAN.

The Red Sea: A Key Subsea Cable Crossroads Under Siege

The Red Sea is a global hot spot at the moment due to repeated attacks by Yemeni Houthi rebels against commercial shipping vessels.

While this inlet is a strategic location for global shipping, it also plays a vital role in global communications networks.

The State of the Network in 2024

Another lap around the sun, a new TeleGeography State of the Network Report—a tradition we’ve kept since 2017.

No seven-year itch for us, though; we’re just getting started. As the world of telecommunications continues to turn, each edition brings even more to report on than the last.

A Free Map a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Note: Our January promotion has ended, but you can still win a free map!
Click here to answer this month’s trivia question.

Ranking the World’s Largest International Voice Carriers

Many retail service providers, such as mobile operators, MVNOs, and cable broadband providers, rely heavily on wholesale carriers to transport and terminate their customers’ international calls.

Wholesale carriers terminated approximately 257 billion minutes of traffic in 2022, down 5% from 2021. Wholesale traffic declined at an average rate of 1% per year over the past ten years, compared to a -2% CAGR for overall traffic. Wholesale carriers terminated nearly three-fourths (72%) of international traffic in 2022, up from 70% the year before.

Traffic to mobile phones in emerging markets has spurred expansion in wholesalers' share of the overall market. In 2022, wholesale carriers terminated over 87% of traffic to Sub-Saharan Africa and South America. In contrast, wholesale carriers terminated only 56% of traffic to Western Europe.

Wholesale revenues have changed only marginally from ten years ago. But let’s take a moment to look under the hood.

How Is the Global Network Keeping Up With Demand?

By any measure, the global bandwidth market is thriving. International bandwidth demand has nearly doubled from 2020 to 2022, and has now reached 3.8 Pbps.

Meanwhile, the lit capacity on major submarine cable routes continues to soar, keeping pace with demand.

How? Is the network getting faster?

Not quite. Think bigger highway, not faster cars.

Where Did the Minutes Go?

The year 2014 represents the peak for international voice traffic. International call minutes declined the following year, for the first time since the Great Depression—and it's been downhill ever since.

Securing Communication Services Over Submarine Cable Networks

We're kicking off 2024 with a free webinar, and it's all about submarine cable security.

Join TeleGeography’s Greg Bryan and Ciena's Brian Lavallée on Wednesday, January 17 at 11:00 a.m. ET right from your desk, or couch, or favorite café.