Internet

You Can Never Have Too Much Bandwidth

When our VP of Strategy Stephan Beckert agreed to sit in the hot seat for this month's Spotlight, I knew I wanted to ask him about the state of the global internet.

Where are new cables? Who is investing in them? What do they mean? The internet is growing, right? How are content providers contributing to this story?

Watch the Webinar: 5 Things We Learned About Sub Cable Route Diversity in the Asia-Pacific Region

Earlier this week our own Alan Mauldin teamed up with Ciena’s Brian Lavallée to discuss submarine cable trends in the Asia-Pacific region. Here's what we learned from the experts.

295 Tbps: Internet Traffic and Capacity in 2017

International internet capacity growth rates have fallen steadily for many years, and annual growth rates have settled in the low-30 percent range.

But even with the declining pace of growth, 196 Tbps of new international internet capacity was deployed between 2013 and 2017, bringing global international internet capacity to 295 Tbps.

Staying Connected in the Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Irma

How do telecom companies keep communities connected and support recovery efforts after storms like Harvey and Irma?

Our reading list this month is full of pieces that ask this question. Our picks cover the use of drones to determine routes for bringing equipment to storm-affected areas. There's also an article about contingency plans for a major data center in Irma's path.

We're also sharing a great read about rural America's access to broadband internet. You can find all of these September selections below. 

Outlook: The Global Internet in 2017

Where is the global internet headed and how is it going to get there?

There are a few ways to answer that question.

Island Hopping: Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa

TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database includes comprehensive coverage of the world’s major telecoms markets—but we also profile some of the smallest principalities, republics, and territories in the world.

Here’s another peek at what’s happening in three unique island markets.

[Webinar] Keep Your Options Open: Submarine Route Diversity

With over 99 percent of the world’s intercontinental communications traffic flowing over submarine cables, increased route diversity has become a critical requirement.

Ensuring that the growing amount of traffic carried over the global internet remains available at all times is crucial.

AfPIF Roundup: Growing Intra-African Bandwidth, More Caches, and the Promise of Data Centers

Last week TeleGeography Senior Analyst Patrick Christian headed to the African Peering and Interconnection Forum, where he presented on the state of the continent's local traffic, their reliance on Europe, and the promise of new cloud data centers.

For anyone who couldn't be in Abidjan, we captured the highlights for you below.

The Data Centers Are Coming to Africa

About a year ago I spoke with Senior Analyst Patrick Christian about the local exchange of content in Africa. He gave me a crash course in capacity—how content providers in Africa generally host their content abroad because the cost to do so has always been much lower.

We talked caching, local exchange, and traffic.

With Patrick prepping for a presentation at the 2017 African Peering and Interconnection Forum, it was the perfect opportunity to check in. I got lots of updates about the state of local content, as well as the scoop on the big new story in Sub-Saharan Africa: the coming of the cloud.

How Submarine Cables are Keeping Trains (and Planes!) Running on Time

No one likes a delayed flight, much less a canceled one. But that's exactly what happened in Pakistan following a drastic slowdown of the internet, which was the result of a submarine cable fault. 

We've been reading up on this story, as well as a new study about victims of DDoS attacks, spectrum in South Africa, and mobile disruptor Reliance Jio Infocomm. Scope out our reading list below.