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The Utopian Future of International Networks

Network Conferences

By Jayne MillerFeb 3, 2021

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Research Director Alan Mauldin is known on the conference circuit for presentations like "Is Your Planned Submarine Cable Doomed?" and "Is a Mass Extinction of Submarine Cables Looming?" and "The Dystopian Future of International Networks."

His latest review of submarine cable trends took us to a happier place as he explored the utopian qualities of the submarine cable landscape in 2021. 

In a follow-up to his dystopia-focused presentation from 2016, Alan explores common characteristics of utopian societies and applies them to the modern submarine cable market.

Compounding growth and bandwidth demand? Prices becoming more equitable? Improved route diversity? The world of international networks may be more utopian than you realize.

You can watch his full session below and download his slides here. And you can watch Jon Hjembo's session on global interconnection trends here.

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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