How a Mega-Merger Nearly Destroyed a Brazilian Telecom Giant

The ill-advised merger between Brazilian telecom giant Oi and Portugal Telecom—a union that we first heard about in October 2013—ranks as one of the more disastrous telecom tie-ups in recent memory. While Oi’s subsequent financial issues have been well-documented, the slow unraveling of the enlarged company is altogether less clear-cut.

Today we look closer at the fallout.

What is i3forum Insights and How Does it Work?

TeleGeography recently had the pleasure of designing a platform for carriers to access data on the state of the market and benchmark it against their own. The result? i3forum Insights—a brand new market database to track and analyze international voice services.

Today we're answering a few quick questions about how this database works and how other carriers can reap the benefits.

Our 2020 Middle East Telecom Map Has Landed

Great news. TeleGeography’s 2020 Middle East Telecommunications Map, sponsored by GBI, is now available for purchase.

Our 2020 edition depicts 54 active and three planned submarine cable systems. Per usual, this map is printed on Yupo, a high quality synthetic material. 

More SD-WAN Adoption, More Data on a Changing Marketplace

SD-WAN has rapidly gained momentum among enterprise customers and the service has moved into a new phase of adoption.

In previous years, WAN managers were evaluating the promise of the technology itself. But today, many already have—or are in the process of—selecting a vendor and rolling out SD-WAN across their global network.

As such, they face a new set of issues in procuring and operating the network.

One Cable Break Is Bad Enough

Breaking up is hard to do. Cable breaks are no exception.

This month we've had some interesting stories about cable breaks come across our desks, namely the situation in South Africa that saw two incidents in close succession. You can read up on that—as well as the repair process—below.

We also pulled stories on new cables, delayed cables, 5G footprints, and the modern American broadband bill.

TG Readers: Save on Your 2020 Telecoms World Asia Registration

Telecoms World Asia 2020 is again on the horizon. Carriers, operators, and suppliers from across the region will meet in Bangkok July 21-22. (Note that the dates have changed from March to July.)

It's Time to Assess the State of the Network in 2020

It’s officially 2020 and we have new data to show us how the world is connecting.

The Decade Pricing Challenge

You've seen the decade challenge. Post a picture of yourself in 2010 and another in 2020. Compare. Contrast. See how far we've come. (Or reflect on a time lost, wondering aloud why youth is wasted on the young.)  

At PTC 2020, Brianna Boudreau thought it would be fun to do the same thing with TeleGeography's network pricing research. She came armed with data from our January 2010 workshop, as well as our latest and greatest analysis.

2020 Update: Bandwidth Demand in Latin America

Capacity LATAM 2020 is just around the corner; the annual conference is on our calendar for March 9-11 in São Paulo, Brazil.

You know what that means.

Anahí Rebatta is preparing to share insights on trends, growth drivers, infrastructure challenges, new cable projects, and opportunities in the region. (We picture her gearing up in a Rocky-inspired montage of data gathering, slide making, and running up large sets of stairs while "Gonna Fly Now" plays in the background.)

About That PLCN Delay: Four Trans-Pacific Cable Market Facts to Consider

There's been a lot of press about delayed approval for the Pacific Light Cable Network (PLCN) cable, which is due to connect Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the Philippines to the United States.

You can understand why this cable has gotten extra attention. Backers include Google, Facebook, and Pacific Light Data Communication (PLDC), which is owned by Chinese ISP Dr. Peng Telecom & Media Group.  

While the whole system is awaiting approval from U.S. authorities, Google and Facebook have requested that the FCC allow activation of the Taiwan and Philippines portions of the cable.