It's likely that you've read the news by now. Google is teaming up with Telecom Italia Sparkle and others to build and operate two submarine cable systems linking the Middle East with southern Europe and India.
The Blue cable will connect Italy, France, Greece, Israel and go terrestrially to Jordan; while the Raman cable will connect Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Djibouti, Oman, and India. Combined, they will form a major new high-capacity route linking Europe and India.
Another day, another cable announcement involving a major content provider?
Yes and no.
Here's the long and short of it: Africa leads the globe in international bandwidth growth. (You can read more of our sublime global bandwidth findings over here.)
With a lightning-fast growth rate and eight new cables in the works, this is an emerging market with network infrastructure projects to watch. So when it comes to bandwidth in Africa, we have a lot to talk about.
Earlier this month, Norway-based Telenor Group agreed to sell 100% of its mobile business in Myanmar to Lebanese investment firm M1 Group. The deal is valued at $105 million.
As recently as 2013, Myanmar was hailed as the last untapped market in Asia, with global telecom giants jockeying to gain a foothold in the market. But since the country suffered a military coup in February 2021, international operators have watched nervously as conditions have deteriorated.
Who here has been keeping up with season 2 of the WAN Manager Podcast? If you haven't been listening, there's no time like the present to catch up.
We collected five stellar first-person stories from the WAN managers who have popped by the pod over the last year. These experts relate their perspectives on everything from security to SD-WAN adoption, network transformation, and MPLS.
Keep scrolling to take in their use cases. And head over here to find all of our recent episodes.
We wanted to pop by and share a few summer stories that our team has been reading lately.
We suggest you start with the Foreign Policy number we linked below. This piece prods at the geography of digitalization—more specifically, the "systemic vulnerabilities across public and private networks and dangerous weaknesses in supply chains."
Scandinavian telco groups Telenor, Telia, and Tele2 have followed a similar international strategy over the past decade: exit most or all of their Eastern European and Asian operations to concentrate on business closer to home.
The disposals have been attributed to a number of factors depending on the market, including financial pressures, political unrest, and allegations of corruption.
When TeleGeography started tracking the SD-WAN market in 2017, we found dozens of vendors with a service they were calling "SD-WAN." But are all of these services created equal? What does it take for your solution to qualify as SD-WAN?