Global IP Transit Prices Keep Doing What They Do Best

As network requirements balloon, global IP transit prices continue to decline. Even in the face of a global pandemic.

But the pace of price erosion over the past three years and the factors driving it vary throughout the world. Declines have been greatest in emerging markets, where prices are highest. Increases in volume, local traffic exchange, and number of suppliers can improve economy of scale, underlying transport cost, and competition, respectively. In established global hubs, prices continue to fall at a significant pace, largely a result of escalating volume and declining unit cost.

You’ve Benchmarked Your Network. What’s Next?

Hypothetical scenario: You've thoroughly audited your wide area network and it's a well-oiled machine.

You understand how your current configuration matches against your budget. You've developed new performance goals. You have a few expansion plans in mind for the future, but for now, you're happy with how things are running. The systems you have in place meet your company's needs. 

What's next?

The Global Internet, Post-Pandemic

Will COVID-19 leave a lasting mark on the global internet?

Based on discussions and surveys with dozens of network operators around the globe, we believe that COVID-related expansion in internet traffic and bandwidth is largely a one-off phenomenon. It seems likely that the trends we've observed in recent years will largely continue.

Internet Traffic and Capacity in Covid-Adjusted Terms

The global outbreak of COVID-19 and its associated economic and social impact has laid bare the crucial, irreplaceable role that the internet plays in our daily lives.

Starting in March 2020, internet traffic patterns shifted and volumes surged as students around the world learned from home, adults worked from home, and everybody did at least something from home.

To its enormous credit, the internet bent but—for the most part—did not break as network operators scrambled to deal with the swell in traffic.

Cable Politics in the South Pacific

Our cable map team has made plenty of additions in the last few months. We're finally getting around to sharing some related stories from around the web.

For starters, you can read up on an upcoming 13,000-kilometer link between Chile and Australia—and related politics in the Pacific. We also have stories about Facebook's grand internet ambitions and Google's Grace Hopper.

All this and more is below. >>

Sprint Reaches the Finish Line: The Rise and Fall of an American Telco

On April 1, T-Mobile US and Sprint Corporation completed their long-awaited merger.

It was the beginning of the end for the familiar Sprint brand.

Exploring the Cloud, Overland and Undersea

Where is the cloud?

 

Here's a very simple answer: Asia is home to the most cloud data centers (122) with the United States and Canada not too far behind (98). Together these regions account for 67% of the world’s cloud data centers, with Europe housing 23% and Latin America just 2%.

The Dollars and Cents of SD-WAN

What's driving the shift to SD-WAN?

While there is no one single reason for SD-WAN's rise, cost savings is a major motivation cited by the WAN managers we've connected with at our WAN Summits and through our annual WAN Manager Survey.

Listen—the allure of dramatically reducing network spend is strong.

5G Slowly Makes Its Way Across U.S.

AT&T Communications is claiming “nationwide” coverage for its 5G network seven months after going live.

The firm’s 5G service is now available to 205 million consumers in 395 markets across the U.S.; notable recent additions to its network footprint include Little Rock, AR; Jacksonville, FL; Minneapolis, MN; and Houston, TX.

Sample Our Voice, Network, and WAN Research

We've made it to that slow and hazy last week of July. Seems like a good time  to shake things up and share some free research. 

Fact: you can sample the data that fuels blog posts like this and this and this. Keep scrolling to browse report content that's currently available to download at no cost.