2020 Vision: Cables to Watch This Year

With a new year comes new cables. Today, we're examining five that are set to make their debut in 2020.

One disclaimer: if our 2019 list of cables taught us anything, it's that nothing is a sure thing. So you might recognize one of these from last year's rundown—but it truly looks like this is going to be their year.

As always, we'll highlight the content providers who are involved, ready for service dates, and the stats that make these cables stand out.

Finns Lead the Way in Mobile Data Usage

Mobile data usage continues to boom worldwide.

Here’s just one example. Following Super Bowl LIV in Miami, AT&T reported that users in the stadium consumed 10.2TB of mobile data during the game. This is enough to stream high-definition video for almost two months straight.

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.