The Biggest Telecom Headlines From 2019: Part 2

We've been celebrating the launch of our beautiful new CommsUpdate site by taking a closer look at the year’s major global developments—the highs, the lows, the mergers, the auctions. All of it.

One thing is certain: there was more than enough telecom news to go around in 2019. If you haven't had a chance to peruse our wrap-up of January-June 2019, click here and have a read. Keep scrolling to take in the biggest news from the back half of the year.

The Biggest Telecom Headlines From 2019: Part 1

A year is a long time in telecommunications–something that our CommsUpdate correspondents know all too well.

To celebrate the launch of our beautiful new CommsUpdate site, we’re taking a closer look at the year’s major global developments, including a few things that you might have missed along the way.

Keep scrolling to catch up on the biggest headlines from early 2019.

To Hull and Back: KCOM Creates U.K.’s First Fiber City

Fixed-line telephone markets in many European countries were originally served by a single national operator—but not the U.K. Most of the United Kingdom became a monopoly for BT, whose origins go back to 1846 and the world’s first commercial communications operator: the Electric Telegraph Company.

The PTC 2020 Countdown Is On

Dearest readers: will we see you in Hawaii next month?

Our own Jon Hjembo,Brianna Boudreau, Tim Stronge, Alan Mauldin, Dave Eulitt, Shermaine Yung, and Robert Schult will be in Honolulu for the Pacific Telecommunications Council annual conference happening January 19-22, 2020.

Naturally, our conference presenters Brianna, Jon, and Tim are bringing lots of research.

TeleGeography's Business Broadband Acronym Cheatsheet

The telecom space is loaded with acronyms. (Take this from the people who recently published a post about the difference between IP VPN, DIA, and EVPN.)

Today our Business Broadband Research Service team is giving telecom newbies and pros alike the broadband acronym cheatsheet of their dreams.

What is IP Transit?

Only a few of the world’s largest internet backbone providers get transit-free status, exchanging all of their traffic with other backbone providers via peering.

Alas, downstream internet service providers (ISPs), content providers, and other internet operators must purchase at least some upstream “transit” in order to connect their internal networks to the internet at large.

Sharing a Year's Worth of Telecom Data Around the Globe

As another year comes to a close, we're looking at where we've been in 2019. Quite literally, too.

This year, the TeleGeography team shared research around the globe, hitting six continents and more than 20 different countries.

MapHappy: All TeleGeography Maps 40% Through the End of 2019

Hello, Black Friday shoppers and Cyber Monday deal-seekers. (And other end-of-year shoppers finding this post during the holiday season.)

Our annual map sale has arrived.

Through the end of 2019 you can save 40% on our telecommunications maps by using the code MAPHAPPY, while supplies last.

Looking for Telecom Data? Our New Website Can Help.

Brace yourselves for some shameless self-promotion.

If you're a regular reader you might know that—in addition to writing snappy stories about telecommunications—TeleGeography is a market research and consulting firm. Since 1989, we've literally and figuratively mapped the industry using the best data in the business. 

IP VPN, DIA, and EVPN, Explained

What's the difference between VPN, DIA, and EVPN, you ask?

Where to start? Here's are some key definitions that we use in our research.