International Bandwidth Soars to New Heights

With the annual update of our Global Bandwidth Research Service comes new insights for 2021.

Here's the big news: between 2018 and 2020 alone, international bandwidth used by global networks more than doubled to exceed 2,000 Tbps.

Content Provider Cables? Don't Call it a Comeback.

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What Role Will MPLS Play in the Future of the WAN?

The average enterprise network had MPLS running at 82% of sites in 2018. That fell to just 58% in 2020. About one-third of those networks have active backups for their MPLS service—a quarter of them have passive backups.

Looking at these numbers, we have to ask: what role will MPLS play in the WAN moving forward?

Tracking TracFone: Meet the Prepaid Provider Now Worth $6.25 Billion

In September 2020, U.S. telecom giant Verizon announced the surprise takeover of prepaid MVNO TracFone Wireless. The deal is worth a whopping $6.25 billion. 

Verizon hopes that the transaction will help it compete in the prepaid space, where T-Mobile U.S. and AT&T rule the roost with their Metro by T-Mobile and Cricket Wireless brands. 

How Will Broadband Prices Fare Against a Satellite Boom?

Despite the expanding role satellite providers have in delivering connectivity, the vast majority of intercontinental capacity is carried by submarine cables. 

This will likely always be the case, but new constellation projects are poised to reshape how broadband is delivered to end users.

All Eyes on Europe-East Asia Backbone Transport

There's plenty happening along the critical Europe-East Asia subsea route.

Senior Manager Jon Hjembo recently treated the Transport Networks Russia & CIS Conference to a virtual presentation on all things Europe-East Asia backbone transport, highlighting big developments and persistent trends in the region.

The Rise of an Emerging 400Gbps Force

Surging demand for bandwidth and higher quality end-user experiences— of both the human and droid variety—continues unabated. This trend puts intense pressure on ICPs and network operators to maximize submarine network spectral and returns on limited submerged assets.

Join Ciena’s  Brian Lavallée and our own Alan Mauldin on May 4 at 11 a.m. ET for a live discussion on this topic.

WAN Manager Survey Data: Let's Do The Time (Series) Warp

In today's episode of the WAN Manager Podcast, Greg is joined by Analyst Elizabeth Thorne to dig into our latest WAN Manager Survey data.

From SD-WAN adoption stats to network configuration preferences and MPLS trends, the pair covers a lot of ground. If you want to learn more about the survey, the people who take it, how we run it, and what the top-level findings are from our newest batch of data, punch that play button.

Submarine Cables to Watch in 2021

Even though we've been mapping cables for over two decades, every year is still full of cable firsts.

First direct link between the Middle East and Australia. A major content provider's first investment in a key region. You get the idea.

2020: A Mixed Year for Russia’s Telcos

Russia’s four main telecom groups had varying levels of financial success in 2020. All operators suffered to some degree from the knock-on effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, but some fared better than others.