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The Ocean’s Hottest Buoy Band

We at TeleGeography are a curious bunch.

So when we hear about an “ocean intelligence platform” employing a fleet of thousands of satellite-connected buoys, you have our attention.

Alas, the internet is teeming with other important news, so we’ll round out our November list of reading recs with cattle-monitoring smart sensors, a pricey USB-C enabled iPhone, the status of the $1.2 trillion U.S. infrastructure bill, multi-orbit satellite service testing results, and the relationship between 5G and climate change.

SubOptic Asks Us Anything

Our data is powered by a team of superstars who live and breathe telecom.

So when SubOptic—the nonprofit group of undersea communications enthusiasts known for their triennial cable conference—has questions, TeleGeography experts are ready to answer the call.

Flashback Friday: The First Public Cell Phone Network

On this fine Flashback Friday, I'm thinking about cell phones and how they came to be.

What's the Difference Between Traffic and Bandwidth?

If you find yourself questioning the difference between traffic and bandwidth, here's an analogy that will help. 

Enhanced Internet Backbone for a Multi-cloud and Hybrid WAN Era

As workload migration to the cloud becomes the standard, enterprises are redesigning their WAN backbones to ameliorate internet performance.

However, improving your internet performance isn’t so easy-breezy when you're wrestling with unknowns—like the perfect combination of broadband and direct internet access or the right ISPs to modernize your network with.

TeleGeography Senior Manager Greg Bryan will join Singtel on December 1 at 10:30 a.m. SGT for a live discussion on this topic.

Who Really Cares About Latency?

Specifically, which applications and network operators have latency on their minds?

Well, content providers, gaming companies, financial enterprises, and cloud service providers, to name a few.

TeleGeography Senior Analyst Paul Brodsky recently joined experts from Ciena and Angola Cables for an hour-long discussion centered around Connecting to Africa with Low-Latency Services.

Is Facebook Haunted?

In honor of spooky season, our list of October reading recs begins with a scary story. (Spoiler alert: Facebook died and—like a zombie—rose from the dead hours later.)

The best horror stories are the ones that are true, after all.

In other Facebook news, the company is shelling out money to support yet another submarine cable.

What else?

Comcast Business is investing in network updates in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. Ethernet is experiencing a real need for speed. And Lynk’s new network may give your ordinary phone satellite connection capabilities.

Read on if you dare.

The Global Internet: Then and Now

It turns out that birthday celebrations are in order.

The latest update of our Global Internet Geography research—which you can read up on here and here and here—marked our twentieth year of internet statistics and commentary.

The Mystery of International Bandwidth Demand

Over the last decade, there has been substantial growth in demand for international bandwidth on major subsea cable routes.

In response to this rapid pace of demand growth (our research implies that demand is more than doubling every two years), there are over $2 billion of new cables entering service this year alone.

In short, demand is going up and we're seeing new cables.

This all makes sense.

But who is actually using this capacity? And will international demand continue to grow so expeditiously?

Someone Made a 3D Visualization of our Submarine Cable Map

The internet has been buzzing this month.

What cut through the noise and captivated us in September?

First and foremost, a coder adapted our renowned Submarine Cable Map into a neat 3D visualization, sparking a larger conversation about all things cables with the team over at Vice.