A Guide to 5G Spectrum Auctions in the Gulf States: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and UAE

As the telecom world prepares to enter the 5G era, our GlobalComms team has been tracking major 5G auctions around the globe. Catch up on all of them here.

Today we’ll look at what’s happening in major markets in the Middle East. We'll explore what’s happening in the Arab States that border the Persian Gulf, with a focus on Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Lots of Cable Chatter on Deck for Submarine Networks EMEA 2019

Over two days—February 12-13, 2019—Submarine Networks EMEA will welcome more than 450 telecom professionals to London.

These two days will be brimming with conversation on strategies, new opportunities, and business models for this dynamic sector. 

If this sounds like a conference that you need to be at, be sure to save your place soon.

Five New Submarine Cables That Will Make Waves in 2019

It's a new year—one in which we expect to see lots of new submarine cables enter service. 

Today we're examining five noteworthy cables to look for in 2019. We'll highlight the content providers who are involved, ready for service dates, and the stats that make these cables stand out.  

The Adaptive Network™: From Ocean’s Edge to the Network Edge

As demand for digital content surges, technologies borne in the data center world are quickly finding their way into the networks that interconnect them overland and undersea—and from the core to the edge.

In keeping up with this demand, new markets and regions are emerging as strategic peering hubs for the delivery of content. And the creation of new diverse submarine cable routes feeds the growth of both existing and new peering hubs.

Voice Traffic's Slump Continued in a Big Way Last Year

It's true that 2015 marked a turning point in the international voice market—the first time since the Great Depression that international call traffic declined. However, that slump in voice traffic has turned into a rout, as carriers’ traffic fell a further 8.4 percent in 2017 to 484 billion minutes.

To Infinity and Beyond: Launching Satellites into Space

Why does SpaceX want to launch over 7,000 satellites into space?

Why do you keep seeing Huawei's name in the news?

What is quantum communications and how are submarine cables involved?

These are the big questions we're tackling in our last roundup of telecom stories for 2018. All of these recommended reads are linked below. We'll be back in 2019 with more telecom-centric posts to keep you in the know—or just entertained—every month. 

Keeping Up With the Joneses: What We Learned from WAN Managers in 2018

One of the many things we love about the WAN Summit series is our ability to hear from real WAN managers around the world about the challenges they face and the new technology that is strengthening their networks.

We loved writing about lessons learned from these experts in 2018.

Below are several of the most notable summit stories from the year. Click through to revisit these conversations with the WAN professionals helping us keep up with the latest and greatest network developments.

LatAm Mobile Market Poised to Return to Growth

The wireless services sector in Latin America and the Caribbean has stagnated in recent years.

The region was home to 690.4 million wireless subscribers at the end of June 2018, up slightly from 687.4 million six months before, but well down from the recent peak of 714.1 million at end-2014.

As countries reach market saturation, operators are now concentrating their efforts on wringing more revenue from existing users.

Great Scott! It's Already Time for PTC 2019

The forecast is snowy around our DC office, but our team has their sights set on somewhere sunnier. 

Alan Mauldin, Jon Hjembo, Mike Bisaha, Brianna Boudreau, Tim Stronge, Mike Owings, and John Walsh will be in Honolulu for the Pacific Telecommunications Council annual conference happening January 20-23, 2019.

These are the Telecom Stories You Read in 2018

With a few short weeks left in the year, today we're looking back at our most-read pieces of 2018.

This year you were clicking on all things 5G, anything about the future of submarine cables, and lots of cloud content. Below are 10 of our favorite posts, perhaps including some you might have missed over the last 12 months.