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Is Your Planned Submarine Cable Doomed?

Anyone who follows the submarine cable sector knows that a lot of cables have been built in recent years—and investments in new cables keep coming.

I gave a presentation at Submarine Networks World 2019 in Singapore titled "Is Your Planned Submarine Cable Doomed?" My goal was not to identify particular planned cables that I think are doomed to fail, but rather to highlight some of the key flaws we often see when assessing cable operator business plans on behalf of investors.

Signals of Success: What to Look for in Submarine Cable Press Releases

I'm a cynic and you can be one, too!

This was the title of Tim Stronge's presentation during a recent webinar we did with our friends at Ciena.

Our favorite neighborhood cynic came bearing an important public service announcement for webinar attendees: just because you see a flashy slide deck or press release about a new submarine cable doesn't mean it's going to happen.

5G Rollouts Put the Pedal to the Metal

Lots of 5G news this week. Most notably, almost a quarter-billion new LTE connections were added worldwide in Q2 2019, according to 5G Americas.

You can read all about 5G mania below. There are also some worthy headlines about internet speeds, India's telecom battle, and a great interview between Recode's Kara Swisher and Huawei’s chief security officer in the U.S. Andy Purdy. 

Behind the Headlines: Recent Submarine Network News, Explained

This year has been—and will continue to be—a busy one in the submarine networking industry. Several new submarine cables have already been announced, deployed, or put into service.

How Do You Become Africa's Largest Telco?

For better or worse, MTN has been unafraid of doing business in locations experiencing war, political turmoil, and disaster.

This strategy has made them one of the biggest telcos in Africa—but it hasn't come without cost. The Wall Street Journal's recent profile earns the top spot on our list of monthly reads.

Some of the Biggest, Most Interesting Stories in Telecom Are Happening in Africa Right Now

When we look through some of the most interesting telecom stories from the last month, a theme emerges.

There's a lot of submarine cable and data center news coming out of Africa. 

We've selected stories about Facebook's plan to bring cheap internet to Africa, as well as a profile on Equiano, Google's new private subsea cable connecting Portugal and South Africa.

Building and Managing Security Empowered SD-WAN

The benefits of SD-WAN are apparent: more bandwidth, local breakouts, flexibility, etc. That being said, the larger attack surface makes it vital for security to be at the forefront of any modern deployment.

Will New Satellites End the Dominance of Submarine Cables?

There’s been a lot in the press recently about new low-orbit satellites. Rumors abound about content providers wanting to move their internet traffic off of the ocean floor and into space.

Going Where No Internet Has Gone Before

When you look to the night sky, do you think of the potential that satellites have to bring connectivity to geographies underserved by submarine cables? No?

Well maybe you will after reading one our recommended reads from PTC. This post unpacks the distribution of internet access across the world's population. There are still plenty of places that submarine cables don't reach, which makes satellites an appealing option for filling the void.

Will Bandwidth Prices Eventually be the Same on All Routes?

I call this one the price parity myth—the notion that one day bandwidth prices will be the same on all routes.