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The Major Uncertainties of the Global Bandwidth Sector

It is said that only three things are certain in life. The future of the global bandwidth market is not one of them.

Beyond persistent demand growth and price erosion—the two most predictable trends—operators will have to navigate the major uncertainties of an evolving sector.

According to our freshly updated Global Bandwidth Research Service, these key factors will impact the long-haul capacity market in the coming years.

Z-axis Technology Takes Location Data to New Heights

It’s our first telecom reading list of the summer, and the headlines are coming in hot.

First up—Z-axis support for 911 calls.

Scroll on down to read about this critical development for public safety, the ghost of Sprint’s 5G network, new Ukrainian voice intel, and more.

Content Providers Binge on Global Bandwidth

Our newly updated Global Bandwidth Research Service shows that the global bandwidth market is still experiencing massive demand growth.

Between 2019 and 2021 alone, international bandwidth used by global networks doubled to reach nearly 2,900 Tbps.

So, who's driving all this demand growth for international capacity?

Zeroing in on the Trans-Atlantic Submarine Corridor

Ah, the great Atlantic.

It's the world's second-largest body of water and the most heavily trafficked route in terms of submarine cable capacity.

It also happens to be TeleGeography VP of Research Tim Stronge's favorite ocean.

Tim told us as much during a recent Ciena webinar, where he gave a live presentation all about the Trans-Atlantic Submarine Corridor.

How Can Submarine Networks Manage Surging Demand?

Earlier this year, TeleGeography VP of Research Tim Stronge gave a very fashionable presentation on the submarine cable buildout boom.

Tim's presentation zeroed in on bandwidth demand—or more specifically, what's driving it? Now it’s time to focus on where innovations are happening the fastest: the Atlantic.

OnJune 2 at 11:00 a.m. ET, Tim will meet with experts from Ciena and Lumen for a live discussion on how submarine networks can scale to manage this surging demand.

Another Reason To Love Submarine Cables

If you've seen our famous Submarine Cable Map, you can probably guess that the TeleGeography team geeks out on submarine cable knowledge.

And although there's a lot to know, we still get excited when cables come up in the news. 

So it’s no surprise that our latest list of telecom reading recs starts off with a story about submarine cables—and their potential to detect earthquakes. 

Settle In for Some Submarine Cable Trivia

Have you been playing the secret cable trivia hosted on our interactive submarine cable map?

If you haven’t, look for the icon in the bottom right-hand corner of the map. Submit the correct answer and you’ll be entered to win a free submarine cable map in our monthly drawing.

In February, we released the answers to our first three questions. Now it’s time to reveal a new batch of answers.

One Small Step for Man, One Giant Leap for Mapkind

No, that wasn’t a typo. NASA is teaming up with lidar company Aeva to 3D map the moon—a tricky feat without GPS.

If you’re a map lover like us, this ought to grab your attention.

The prototype is small enough for an astronaut to wear as a backpack and able to map its surroundings in real time. 

Can a Park Bench Boost 5G?

As India’s long-awaited 5G deployment draws nearer, a new pilot program may prompt you to look at ordinary objects—like lampposts, mailboxes, and park benches—much differently.

This program will equip street furniture with small cell networks across four different locations: Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation, Kandla Port in Gujarat, and Bhopal city.

Submarine Networks and the Digital Transformation of East Africa

Before 2009, only 16 African countries were connected to a submarine cable system.

But in 2016, submarine cable capacity reached 33 countries; seven sub-Saharan countries had access to three or more systems.

Today, Africa leads the globe in international bandwidth growth. This has been facilitated by improved international connectivity along the critical Europe-to-India-and-Asia submarine corridor that connects East Africa to the rest of the world.

Our own Paul Brodsky will be joining forces with Ciena and Djibouti Telecom on March 23 at 11:00 a.m. ET for a live discussion on this topic.