Watch Now: The Cloud Under the Sea

If you caught Research Director Alan Mauldin’s Submarine Networks World presentation this year, then you know how well-versed he is in submarine cable geopolitics (and in cable knowledge in general).

So you shouldn’t be surprised to see Alan sharing his expertise throughout ABC News’ exciting new submarine cable documentary, The Cloud Under the Sea.

This hour-long program “uncovers the shadowy world of telecommunication sea cables.” Watch it below.

Iliad and Vodafone: More Consolidation in Italy?

French telco group Iliad has submitted a proposal to UK-based Vodafone Group regarding the potential merger of their respective operations in Italy.

If successful, the merger will have a big impact on the Italian mobile market, reducing it from five players to four, while also combining the fixed broadband operations of the two companies.

The deal is by no means guaranteed to go through, however. Even if Vodafone’s response is positive, regulatory authorities must then study its effects on competition.

2023: The Essential CommsUpdate Selection

As another eventful year draws to a close, we’re looking back at the telecom stories that captured our readers’ attention throughout 2023.

With 5G rollouts, satellite broadband, SIM card registration and mega-mergers all on the agenda, the CommsUpdate team left no stone unturned in their quest to bring you the biggest daily news stories from around the world.

Read on for our most popular stories of 2023.

Colocation Pricing Trends To Watch

The pressures of supply chain disruptions, electricity price volatility, and government intervention are impacting prices in the global colocation market.

As we continue to move through 2023, here are a couple of trends to keep an eye on.

Know Before You Go: An Inside Look at PTC ’24

As 2023 comes to a close, we’re one step closer to PTC ’24—and TeleGeography's annual workshop on all things telecom.

Next month, Brianna Boudreau, Jon Hjembo, and Tim Stronge will return to the PTC stage to share insight on the last year in pricing, interconnection, submarine cables, bandwidth, and more.

After chronicling the impact of global supply chain disruptions in our 2023 session, it’s time to assess whether we’re back to normal, and what the new normal is.

Traffic Talk: What's the Difference Between Wholesale, Retail, and Direct?

If you’ve checked out our International Voice Report, you probably noticed that the data carefully distinguishes between retail and wholesale traffic, and between wholesale and direct traffic.

What's the difference?

Where in the World Is the Largest Data Center Hub?

By our 2023 estimates, the Washington metropolitan area—or more specifically Northern Virginia (NoVA)—dominates as the world's largest data center market.

With more than 22 million square feet of operational capacity, NoVA is 30% larger than the next-biggest data center hub, Tokyo.

What else does the most recent update to our Data Center Research Service tell us?

Middle Eastern Connectivity in 2024

With Capacity Middle East just two months away, it's time to get excited for the region's leading digital infrastructure conference.

The 2024 agenda is poised to tackle major themes like market developments, network transformation, subsea cables, data centers, AI and future tech, and more.

It’s all happening February 6-8, 2024 in Dubai—and we've got a discount code to share.

The Data Center Industry Faces New Obstacles

Recently, we’ve been closely monitoring the intensifying pressures of insatiable demand and supply constraints in key data center markets.

Supply constraints have come in the form of both short-term and long-term challenges.

In the short term, supply chain disruptions have hindered development timelines. On the long-term side, regulators and utility providers have begun taking a hard look at the data center sector and how to grow it sustainably going forward. In some cases, these entities have severely disrupted development during the interim period.

None of these challenges have been resolved. And as we move through 2023, another major disruptive component has been added to the mix—the accelerated growth of generative Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Want To Retire in Your 20s? Become a Submarine Cable

Wouldn't it be great to be fully retired before your 30th birthday?

Because they are engineered with a minimum design life of 25 years, it's common for the submarine cables that keep our world connected to experience this luxury.

Let’s talk about why, and what happens to cables after they reach retirement age.