WAN Pricing Mythbusters: Is MPLS Priced Like DIA?

In case you missed my previous post, we here at TeleGeography love busting telecom myths. But we haven’t turned our analytical tools toward common WAN pricing myths—until now! 

In this second installment, I’m going to investigate whether MPLS IP VPN and dedicated internet access (DIA) prices have become one and the same.

WAN Service and Pricing Trends for 2020

The world of WAN services can seem like the Wild West to even the savviest of WAN managers. We try to bring some order to this world with our Cloud and WAN Infrastructure research service.

WAN Managers Consider Zero Trust Security, Face Challenges in Implementation

In the age of high-profile corporate data breaches (check out that top 10 list if you don’t want to sleep tonight), many WAN managers have security on their minds. Traditionally, enterprises treated their network security like a fortress, creating strong defenses at the perimeters of the network to defend the data and resources inside.

COVID-19 Dominates Telecom Headlines as the Industry Adjusts

Unsurprisingly, the COVID-19 pandemic is a recurring theme across the majority of industry headlines this month.

From reports on usage trends, to the new WFH plight of WAN managers, to Google changing its Chrome release plans to avoid any hiccups in service—coronavirus has permeated the industry from every corner.

You can peruse these stories below. And if you're looking for more updates on how the pandemic is impacting the telecom industry, there's lots more on our State of the Network page. We're curating the latest headlines, network status updates, and reports from service providers.

WAN Pricing Mythbusters: Is Local Access 50% or More of the WAN?

We have a years-long tradition of Mythbusting here at TeleGeography. But it occurred to me that we’ve never tackled any of the WAN pricing myths floating around out there. That’s why I decided to do a series addressing some of the things I hear from WAN-sourcing and WAN-selling professionals. 

Let’s see if these WAN pricing myths stack up against the data. 

First up: is it true that, particularly for traditional MPLS networks, local access can account for upwards of 50% of the total cost of ownership (TCO) of WAN components?

WAN Managers Mull Over Data Center Strategies

Like many of our readers, I’m currently working from home. And it’s likely that I will be for the foreseeable future. 

Luckily, TeleGeography just completed its move from a local server that had been living in the IT closet of our DC office to Google’s G Suite solution. We can now access shared files using our at-home broadband connection and G Suite authentication. Despite the uncertainty of the current situation, we’re able to carry on (fairly) business-as-usual.

Schrodinger's MPLS and Why Predicting the Future is Hard

Predicting the future is hard, especially when it comes to complex markets with disruptive variables that are difficult/impossible to model. In his excellent book Thinking Fast and Slow, Nobel winner Daniel Kahneman provides stark examples of how bad humans can be at doing just that. 

In this excerpt, Kahneman details how he tracked the performance records of 25 professional wealth managers across eight years. He found that “[t]he results resembled what you would expect from a dice-rolling contest, not a game of skill.”

The COVID-19 Impact on the Submarine Cable Industry

While most press coverage has focused on the massive impact COVID-19 is having on access networks, let’s not forget the role played by our massive network of undersea cables in global communications.

I wanted to offer some preliminary insights into how the submarine cable industry is coping.

ISPs React to Pandemic-Induced Internet Traffic Surges

Following our recent piece on the impact of remote work on WAN and IT infrastructure managers, TeleGeography is taking a closer look at the response of ISPs to the crisis.

Broadband internet and OTT providers across the globe are being forced to make changes to their operations as they handle the massive, pandemic-induced increase in bandwidth demand.

The Great British Sell-Off: How BT Intends to Dismantle Its Global Empire

In December 2019, UK telecom giant BT Group agreed to sell BT Espana to investment fund Portobello Capital. This was the first part of its plan to dismantle and sell off its sprawling BT Global Services unit. This month, BT agreed to offload its Latin American businesses to CIH Telecommunications Americas, marking the second confirmed transaction.

Today we examine BT’s motivations and take a closer look at other businesses that are likely to be sold off.