Covid19

Data Center Sector Remains Stable in Uncertain Times

As we publish the latest update to our Data Center Research Service, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to turn the global marketplace on its head.

Network and data center services have never been more critical to connect a world in relative isolation. That's why we supplemented our 2020 data center site survey by asking global data center operators for their assessment of the pandemic's impact on their operations as of September 2020. (We shared some preliminary findings earlier this year.)

Here's the latest report.

The Global Internet, Post-Pandemic

Will COVID-19 leave a lasting mark on the global internet?

Based on discussions and surveys with dozens of network operators around the globe, we believe that COVID-related expansion in internet traffic and bandwidth is largely a one-off phenomenon. It seems likely that the trends we've observed in recent years will largely continue.

Internet Traffic and Capacity in Covid-Adjusted Terms

The global outbreak of COVID-19 and its associated economic and social impact has laid bare the crucial, irreplaceable role that the internet plays in our daily lives.

Starting in March 2020, internet traffic patterns shifted and volumes surged as students around the world learned from home, adults worked from home, and everybody did at least something from home.

To its enormous credit, the internet bent but—for the most part—did not break as network operators scrambled to deal with the swell in traffic.

The WAN and Working From Home

For several months now, much of the world has transitioned to remote work.

Where possible, knowledge workers have set up shop in home offices or kitchens or bedrooms, logging into virtual private networks and leaning on cloud services to keep business running uninterrupted.

Behind the Map: Making a Cable Map While Quarantined

Early in the calendar year is map design season around TeleGeography. Colorful proofs arrive at the office, which the design team pores over, so as not to miss any details. No cable left behind. No design flourish left unexamined.

So when the DC office packed up and transitioned to remote work in March 2020, we were left to wonder: how were we going to finish our cable map from within quarantine?

Networks in the Time of Coronavirus

Gather round. It's a new month and we have new content recommendations.

At the top of our list is a conversation led by the team at ThousandEyes featuring our own Alan Mauldin. The group gets to talking about the COVID-19 impact on cable operations and project roll-outs. Keep scrolling to listen to their chat.

The Global Bandwidth Magic Eight Ball Says "Ask Again Later"

What does the future hold for the global bandwidth market?

The two most predictable trends are persistent demand growth and price erosion. Beyond that, operators will have to navigate the major uncertainties of an evolving sector and a global pandemic.

Here are a few of the key trends from our Global Bandwidth Research Service, among many, that will affect the long-haul capacity market in the coming years.

i3forum Tracks COVID-19 Impact on International Voice Traffic

The COVID-19 pandemic has absolutely changed the way the world lives, works, and connects. (We've been monitoring the latest network developments and logging our own analysis here.)

The team at i3forum recently released data on the increase in international voice traffic captured by i3forum Insights, a market database used to track and analyze international voice services. 

The COVID-19 Impact on Data Centers

In our research, we think a lot about the nature of interconnection.

And in our ongoing effort to gauge the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on global networks, we wanted to highlight what’s happening in the nodes where interconnection takes place—data centers. 

We spoke with experts across the market to get a sense of how they’re working through the crisis. They gave us insight on how the situation is affecting demand, operations, supply, and new construction. 

Let's Just Say Demand is Thriving in the Global Bandwidth Market

The global outbreak of COVID-19—and its associated economic impact—has amplified the role played by the international telecommunications industry and the bandwidth market that underpins it. The global bandwidth market has always been marked by change and uncertainty, and the current crisis is just an extreme example of this.