A Shortage of Computer Chips and Cable Ships


By Kristin LeeNov 30, 2022


You've probably read about the global chip shortage the world is facing due to supply chain issues. As it turns out, there's also a shortage of undersea cable-laying ships.

You'll find more on this topic below, followed by a few other headlines that made our November list of telecom reading recs.

Another telco supply-chain shortage: cable ships

Just how serious is the cable ship scarcity? In short, “Supply of cable vessels is near a breaking point as relentless cost-cutting drives out profit down the supply chain.”

With the availability of cable maintenance ships also strained, the situation could soon become a “crisis in the industry.”

This Light Reading piece will fill you in on what you need to know.

The Most Vulnerable Place on the Internet

In other cable news, WIRED published an article earlier this month breaking down “the fragility of the world’s 550-plus subsea internet cables, plus the outsized role Egypt and the nearby Red Sea have in the internet’s infrastructure.”

It's a great read, and you’ll see our own Submarine Cable Map and Research Director Alan Mauldin featured.

It’s the Mappiest Season of All

If you'd like to have a physical copy of the Submarine Cable Map, our map sale is still going strong!

Through December 31, 2022, you can use promo code DECKTHEWALLS to save 50% on all our telecommunications maps, while supplies last.

Modeling the Coming Changes in the WAN

Senior Manager Greg Bryan just released a guest post for MEF. Give it a read to explore how the work the industry is doing at MEF relates to on-the-ground enterprise network deployments and WAN revenues.

(Greg actually met his most recent podcast guest—Orchest’s Jeremy Villalobos—at a MEF event. You can listen to that interview over here.) 

A 2022 Update on Interconnection Geography

Did you catch Senior Research Manager Patrick Christian's Global Capacity Update at the 2022 European Peering Forum?

Revisit his slides (or see them for the first time) for international bandwidth developments, pricing trends, IX, CDN, and cloud data center growth, and more.


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Alan Mauldin

Alan Mauldin

Alan Mauldin is a Research Director at TeleGeography. He manages the company’s infrastructure research group, focusing primarily on submarine cables, terrestrial networks, international Internet infrastructure, and bandwidth demand modeling. He also advises clients with due diligence analysis, feasibility studies, and business plan development for projects around the world. Alan speaks frequently about the global network industry at a wide range of conferences, including PTC, Submarine Networks World, and SubOptic.

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Greg Bryan

Greg Bryan

Greg is Senior Manager, Enterprise Research at TeleGeography. He's spent the last decade and a half at TeleGeography developing many of our pricing products and reports about enterprise networks. He is a frequent speaker at conferences about corporate wide area networks and enterprise telecom services. He also hosts our podcast, TeleGeography Explains the Internet.

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Patrick Christian

Patrick Christian

Patrick Christian is a Senior Research Manager with TeleGeography. He heads the Cloud and WAN Research Service. He also focuses on African and European markets specializing in international bandwidth markets and internet infrastructure, WAN services, terrestrial and submarine cable systems, and international voice traffic analysis.

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