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OneWeb, SpaceX, Telesat—Who Has the Best Proposed Global Bandwidth Constellation?

It's 2019, we're back, and you better believe we're still eating up telecom headlines and passing some of our favorites on to you.

After sorting through the obligatory end-of-year posts about telecom in 2018—and then a new batch of projections for the year ahead—we landed on a lineup of stories about connectivity.

Five New Submarine Cables That Will Make Waves in 2019

It's a new year—one in which we expect to see lots of new submarine cables enter service. 

Today we're examining five noteworthy cables to look for in 2019. We'll highlight the content providers who are involved, ready for service dates, and the stats that make these cables stand out.  

The Adaptive Network™: From Ocean’s Edge to the Network Edge

As demand for digital content surges, technologies borne in the data center world are quickly finding their way into the networks that interconnect them overland and undersea—and from the core to the edge.

In keeping up with this demand, new markets and regions are emerging as strategic peering hubs for the delivery of content. And the creation of new diverse submarine cable routes feeds the growth of both existing and new peering hubs.

To Infinity and Beyond: Launching Satellites into Space

Why does SpaceX want to launch over 7,000 satellites into space?

Why do you keep seeing Huawei's name in the news?

What is quantum communications and how are submarine cables involved?

These are the big questions we're tackling in our last roundup of telecom stories for 2018. All of these recommended reads are linked below. We'll be back in 2019 with more telecom-centric posts to keep you in the know—or just entertained—every month. 

These are the Telecom Stories You Read in 2018

With a few short weeks left in the year, today we're looking back at our most-read pieces of 2018.

This year you were clicking on all things 5G, anything about the future of submarine cables, and lots of cloud content. Below are 10 of our favorite posts, perhaps including some you might have missed over the last 12 months. 

The Year in Slide Decks: Watch, Download, and Explore Our 2018 Telecom Presentations

This year we've traveled from Bangkok to London, from Cape Town to Los Angeles. We've used these opportunities to continue our research and present our findings around the world.

As 2018 winds down, we've compiled the slide decks, interviews, and videos from a year of telecom travels. When viewed together, these presentations create a snapshot of the year in communication.

Bandwidth and Pricing Trends in Africa: Patrick Christian at AfPIF 2018

Earlier this year Senior Analyst Patrick Christian shared his knowledge of bandwidth and pricing trends with the African Peering & Interconnection Forum.

Patrick's analysis took the audience through the latest happenings in international bandwidth, namely continued growth in Africa and changes within the region.

Keep scrolling to watch the full presentation and download Patrick's slides.

Customer Experience, Quad-Play, and Roaming Up For Discussion at MVNOS Europe

This month saw the 15th annual MVNOs Europe event take place at the ILEC Conference Centre in London.

I was glad to be there and connect with representatives from some of the region’s top virtual operators, network operators, vendors, and tech developers.

Some highlights from the conference stage:

The Internet, as Drawn by Five-Year-Olds

It's monthly reading list time. 

Our lead story for November is actually a brand new rendering of the internet. No, our 2019 submarine cable map isn't ready yet. We speak of a new art project that enlisted the help of some very creative toddlers to bring 279 cables to life.

We've also got a little bit of broadband news, 5G talk, and enterprise infrastructure conversation linked below. Happy reading.

The Spooky Future for Aging Cables

Halloween—a time when boundaries between the living and the dead are blurred. It's a season for ghost stories and superstitions—black cats and voodoo dolls. 

It seemed appropriate to use the spookiest day of the year to look at a few frightful scenarios for some of the world’s aging submarine cables.

As older cables’ economic lives draw to a close, the transition from life to death could take many scary forms.