Internet

TeleGeography's Business Broadband Acronym Cheatsheet

The telecom space is loaded with acronyms. (Take this from the people who recently published a post about the difference between IP VPN, DIA, and EVPN.)

Today our Business Broadband Research Service team is giving telecom newbies and pros alike the broadband acronym cheatsheet of their dreams.

What is IP Transit?

Only a few of the world’s largest internet backbone providers get transit-free status, exchanging all of their traffic with other backbone providers via peering.

Alas, downstream internet service providers (ISPs), content providers, and other internet operators must purchase at least some upstream “transit” in order to connect their internal networks to the internet at large.

Sharing a Year's Worth of Telecom Data Around the Globe

As another year comes to a close, we're looking at where we've been in 2019. Quite literally, too.

This year, the TeleGeography team shared research around the globe, hitting six continents and more than 20 different countries.

Understanding Peering

Today we answer the burning question "what is peering and how does it work?"

What Would Russia's Domestic Internet Look Like?

"Technological sovereignty." That's one way author Justin Sherman captures Russia's recent efforts to develop a domestic internet—a project that might allow them to disconnect from the global internet altogether.

It's a fascinating story that delves into Russia's motivation, disconnection tests, and the potential influence on other nations.

50 Years Ago Today the First Message Was Sent Over the ARPANET

It's a big day in internet history.

On October 29, 1969, Professor Len Kleinrock and his team of graduate students at UCLA sent the very first message over a network of computers that would eventually become the internet.

You're Building a Submarine Cable Where?

It turns out that the Arctic isn't the easiest place to lay a cable.

Expensive and logistically challenging, Arctic cables are at the center of one of our recommended reads for this month. If you're up for a story that includes forged signatures, Arctic ambitions, and the dynamite quote, “The question is not why Elizabeth did it, but rather, how did she think she’d get away with it?”—then keep reading, my friends.

5G Rollouts Put the Pedal to the Metal

Lots of 5G news this week. Most notably, almost a quarter-billion new LTE connections were added worldwide in Q2 2019, according to 5G Americas.

You can read all about 5G mania below. There are also some worthy headlines about internet speeds, India's telecom battle, and a great interview between Recode's Kara Swisher and Huawei’s chief security officer in the U.S. Andy Purdy. 

Checking In: Yup. Price Erosion is Still Very Real.

IP transit prices vary across the globe, but they have one thing in common. They all decline.

In the last three years, some of the highest rates of price erosion occurred in markets with the greatest competition and the largest amount of international internet traffic exchange—namely, global hubs.

Today we're exploring some of the most notable examples of this.

Our 2019 Provider Connectivity Analysis is Here

TeleGeography's rankings of provider connectivity include analysis based on BGP routing tables, which govern how packets are delivered to their destinations across myriad networks as defined by autonomous system numbers (ASNs).

(Quick reminder: every network must rely on other networks to reach parts of the internet that it does not itself serve; there is no such thing as a ubiquitous internet backbone provider.)