Covid19

What's Behind the Middle East Bandwidth Surge?

Readers of our Pricing Suite's latest Bandwidth Pricing Report already know that the Middle East serves as both an important node and a crucial transitway for international capacity.

Cable operators were extremely busy between 2011 and 2017 when they turned up nine new cables in the region. But submarine cable activity slowed quite a bit between 2018 and 2020, as no new cables were launched in the region.

The COVID-19 Impact on International Calling

The global outbreak of COVID-19—and its associated economic and social impact—has upended the way billions of people live their lives.

Has it had an impact on international calling?

Remote Work After COVID-19

Our interests often find a way into our research. And that happened in 2020, as our genuine curiosity around the future of the workplace came up across our research catalog.

We covered COVID-related changes in bandwidth demand, WAN-related challenges to going remote, and data center impacts—all relevant topics to the evolution of the modern office.

It's no surprise, then, that we were fascinated by a new analysis of 800 different jobs.

WAN Managers Weigh Greatest Challenges of Remote Working

In my last post, I explored how companies are taking their workforces remote. This time around, I’d like to return to that data set and ask: what are the biggest challenges WAN managers face as offices adapt to remote work?

WAN Managers Reflect on COVID-19 Challenges, Strategies for Moving to Remote Work

It’s no secret that COVID-19 has upended every aspect of life this year, including how we travel, socialize, and work. While some promising vaccine studies look like a light at the end of the tunnel, it may still be months until some semblance of normalcy returns. 

We’ve reported on how global bandwidth and data center demand has surged in 2020, driven by the mass migration of work, school, and play to the home internet. Companies hoping to transition their workforce to remote access found their IT/network departments at the forefront of their response to the crisis.

Watch: Bandwidth Demand in a Pandemic

What is the impact of COVID-19 on international bandwidth demand so far? How are carriers responding? Are we building enough cables to keep up?

Fear not. Alan Mauldin has answers.

Webinar: Global Submarine Network Challenges and Opportunities

Internet traffic patterns have shifted, and volumes surged as the industry responds to a new work-from-home landscape. It has changed the way the world lives, works, and connects.

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.