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The Blue and Raman Cable Systems Stand Out. Here's Why.

It's likely that you've read the news by now. Google is teaming up with Telecom Italia Sparkle and others to build and operate two submarine cable systems linking the Middle East with southern Europe and India.

The Blue cable will connect Italy, France, Greece, Israel and go terrestrially to Jordan; while the Raman cable will connect Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Djibouti, Oman, and India. Combined, they will form a major new high-capacity route linking Europe and India.

Another day, another cable announcement involving a major content provider?

Yes and no.

The African Submarine Networking Seascape: An Emerging Market

Here's the long and short of it: Africa leads the globe in international bandwidth growth. (You can read more of our sublime global bandwidth findings over here.)

With a lightning-fast growth rate and eight new cables in the works, this is an emerging market with network infrastructure projects to watch. So when it comes to bandwidth in Africa, we have a lot to talk about.

Data, Devices, and the Risks of Our Digital World

We wanted to pop by and share a few summer stories that our team has been reading lately.

We suggest you start with the Foreign Policy number we linked below. This piece prods at the geography of digitalization—more specifically, the "systemic vulnerabilities across public and private networks and dangerous weaknesses in supply chains."

All About That $8 Billion in Subsea Cable Investment

Have you seen an $8 billion figure floating around the internet over the last week? Specifically that we could see $8 billion in new cable investments over the next three years?

It's true—and you can explore our 2021 submarine cable map to see what that's about.

Just Look at All Those Cables: The 2021 Submarine Cable Map is Here

Today seems like a good day to unveil our 2021 Submarine Cable Map, don't you agree?

Trans-Pacific Cable Chaos, Shifting Asian Hubs

It’s been a year since the U.S. government denied a cable license to the Pacific Light Cable Network (PLCN), setting off a chain reaction that's disrupted the trans-Pacific submarine cable market.

Three Trends Impacting the Future of the Long-Haul Capacity Market

We've said it before and we'll say it again. When it comes to the global bandwidth market, the two most predictable trends are persistent demand growth and price erosion.

But if the latest update of our Global Bandwidth Research Service teaches us anything, it's that there's more beneath the surface.

Submarine Cables: It's Not Bitcoin

We often say that we'll be taking a "deep dive" into an issue at the beginning of our WAN Manager Podcasts. Today we almost mean that literally, as Greg welcomes TeleGeography Research Director Alan Mauldin to talk about submarine cables.

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.

Trends Stay on Track: A Massive Global Bandwidth Pricing Update for 2021

The network faced a host of new demands and challenges in 2020, but many of the key trends that characterized the wholesale market prior to the pandemic held true.

Demand growth remains robust. And while the pace of price erosion moderated in many markets over the past year, prices still continued to decline.