TeleGeography Deep Dives: Cloud and WAN Geography


By Elizabeth ThorneMay 25, 2021


The enterprise WAN is increasingly built on an underlay, using various transport services from a variety of providers. So it's more crucial than ever to understand the footprint geography of your carriers, ISPs, NaaS providers, and cloud service providers.

We've got you covered. On Thursday, June 17 we're assembling a team of experts for a morning roundup of all things cloud and WAN geography.

Brought to you by TeleGeography's WAN team, this presentation-panel combo will review trends in vendor geography and relate them to how WAN/IT infrastructure managers can rethink their network topology and data center geography.

Our experts include a range of carriers, NaaS providers, cloud/data center providers, and enterprises. And they're all ready to talk about physical network geography.

Here's the proper agenda:

  • The Basics: We'll start with a presentation reviewing trends in vendor geography from TeleGeography Principal Analyst Patrick Christian.
  • Why Location Still Matters in the Decentralized WAN: As the WAN moves toward a greater reliance on local internet, the need for understanding routing and topology is more important than ever. Our panel is here to discuss.
  • Live WAN Manager Podcast: For the grand finale, we'll finish our morning with a special enterprise network manager interview. Get an inside look at network architecture management and sourcing decisions.

Meet Our Panelists

Christian Koch


Christian Koch, Databank
Sr. Director of Interconnection Products & Strategy

Christian is Sr. Director of Interconnection Products & Strategy at DataBank. In 2016, he co-founded the New York Network Operators Group, a non-profit organization that connects network operators and technology professionals via educational events and programs. Prior to founding NYNOG, Christian was a member of the Board of Directors for the Open-IX Association, a non-profit formed to foster the development of critical Data Center and Interconnection standards.

He's held a number of leadership and operational roles at companies such as Megaport, Microsoft, Twitter, and Globix. Most recently, Christian was Director of Product Management at Digital Realty.

Jan Marsman


Jan Marsman, Expereo
Senior Solution Consultant

Jan is a senior solution consultant focusing on SD-WAN and security with Expereo. With his engineering background and over 20 years of experience, he has worked on integrating security and networking to deliver business for his customers.

Recently Jan has been involved in further developing the managed secure SD-WAN and SaSe solutions for Videns, an Expereo company. Delivering emerging technologies at high-demanding customers requires a deep knowledge of both the technology as the business requirements which Jan combines with his direct approach and creativity.
Mattias Fridström


Mattias Fridström, Telia Carrier
Chief Evangelist

With over 20 years in the telecommunications industry, Mattias Fridström can be considered a veteran, but his enthusiasm hasn’t faded.

Mattias combines expert knowledge with anecdotes from behind the scenes and deep insight into the networked economy: What are the challenges of tomorrow for network providers? How can we meet ever-increasing traffic demand and customer quality expectations within the same cost frame? Since joining Telia in 1996, he has worked in a number of senior roles, most recently as CTO. 
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Mark Williams, Borgwarner Automotive
Global Network Director

Mark Williams is Global Network Director at Borgwarner Automotive in Auburn Hills, MI. After studying electrical engineering at Wayne State University, he earned his MBA degree in global technology management and achieved his PMP certification.

Whether in the latest electric drive, an intelligent hybrid system, or a highly efficient combustion engine, Mark supports BorgWarner and the many ways toward driving mobility for today and tomorrow.
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Steve Rome, Advantage
Co-Founder and Chief Revenue Officer

Steve Rome is Co-Founder and Chief Revenue Officer of Advantage Communications Group. He brings more than 25 years of experience architecting, sourcing, and delivering ongoing technology solutions management to enterprise clients around the globe. Steve holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a Master of Business Administration in Finance, Marketing, and International Business from New York University.


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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Elizabeth Thorne

Elizabeth Thorne

Elizabeth Thorne was formerly a Senior Research Analyst at TeleGeography. Her work was focused on enterprise network research.

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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