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The Utopian Future of International Networks

Research Director Alan Mauldin is known on the conference circuit for presentations like "Is Your Planned Submarine Cable Doomed?" and "Is a Mass Extinction of Submarine Cables Looming?" and "The Dystopian Future of International Networks."

His latest review of submarine cable trends took us to a happier place as he explored the utopian qualities of the submarine cable landscape in 2021. 

2021 Cable Progress, Internet Shutdowns, and Bandwidth Trends

January was a mixed bag of telecom stories.

There were a handful of cable updates to watch. (Tis the season for experts and insiders to assess big projects with 2021 ready-for-service dates.)

Then there were all the policy pieces to read up on as a new administration took over in Washington, DC.

And we still had plenty of posts to take in about the pandemic's ongoing impact on all things telecom.  

Building Resiliency for Submarine Networks

Our latest research on Latin America shows that international bandwidth demand is strong in the region. 

With an ongoing surge in new submarine cable deployments, content providers are expanding their geographic reach as both owners and anchor customers of new cable systems. (You can take a closer look here.)

New State of the Network E-book Tracks Industry Changes, COVID Impact Across Tumultuous Year

More so than normal, our team is thrilled to usher in a new year.

Sure, that’s in part because a new year signals the release of our fourth State of the Network Report—and with it a new batch of data and analysis on the way the world is connecting. But mostly because 2020 presented a unique set of challenges to the world, our industry, and our team.

Remote Work After COVID-19

Our interests often find a way into our research. And that happened in 2020, as our genuine curiosity around the future of the workplace came up across our research catalog.

We covered COVID-related changes in bandwidth demand, WAN-related challenges to going remote, and data center impacts—all relevant topics to the evolution of the modern office.

It's no surprise, then, that we were fascinated by a new analysis of 800 different jobs.

Out With the Old Cables, in With the New

As 2020 comes to a close, I thought it was worth looking at changes in the subsea cable landscape. Two years ago I gave a presentation that predicted a coming “extinction” of older cables. 

We’re beginning to see signs of this in the market.

Telxius is Selling Its Cables. Here’s What Potential Buyers Are Assessing.

Global infrastructure company Telxius wants to sell its subsea cable business.

The announcement comes as Telxius majority shareholder Telefónica continues to restructure.

Telefónica has moved out of Central American markets en masse, created new technology and infrastructure units, and, in November 2019, announced an action plan outlining priorities for the changing company. 

Asia Pacific Networks in the Unprecedented Year of 2020

I remember my trip to Honolulu for my first-ever PTC at the beginning of this year. Little did I know 2020 was about to take an unexpected turn. 

As the year draws to an end, I thought it would be helpful to look at what 2020 really meant for Asia Pacific networks.

Watch: Bandwidth Demand in a Pandemic

What is the impact of COVID-19 on international bandwidth demand so far? How are carriers responding? Are we building enough cables to keep up?

Fear not. Alan Mauldin has answers.

Snow Falling on Data Centers

Snow cooling data centers.

Indeed, it's a cool idea (pun intended) and some Japanese companies are already using this natural resource to keep their data centers frosty.

This story makes our monthly list of recommended telecom stories, as does a recap of our recent webinar on international bandwidth deployment  and coverage of 5G services in Asia.