Networks

Sep 28, 2023

Keeping Subsea Cables Safe

Another month, another list of interesting telecom reads (and listens).

Here are a few things you ought to have on your radar, including a podcast episode about submarine cable geopolitics, a handsome take on our Submarine Cable Map, a new cloud data center presentation, and more.

Sep 21, 2023

Total International Internet Bandwidth Now Stands at 1,217 Tbps

After a tumultuous 2020, in which the COVID-19 pandemic caused internet traffic patterns to shift and volumes to surge, network operators have returned to the business of adding bandwidth and engineering their traffic in a more measured manner.

Sep 19, 2023

The Total Transformation of Latin American Telecom

Luis Fiallo has been in the telecom industry for over 25 years. And for the majority of that time, he has been at China Telecom Americas, witnessing the many changes happening in the Latin American telecom market firsthand.

After years of helping to drive CTA's growth in the region, Luis—now Vice President—has many valuable insights to share with TeleGeography Explains the Internet.

Since this episode largely focuses on Latin American networks and cloud developments, I also invited my colleague Peter Wood, TeleGeography’s Senior Analyst covering Latin America.

Sep 18, 2023

Mapping Out Asia’s Cloud Data Center and Connectivity Market

Last week, I presented the latest TeleGeography data on Asian cloud data centers through a live webinar with Ciena.

Let's talk through the first section of my presentation, which maps out the region’s current cloud data center and cloud service provider landscape.

I'll also share a link to download my slides and watch a recording of the discussion.

Sep 8, 2023

Next Week’s Webinar Will Dive Into Asia’s Cloud Data Center and Connectivity Market

After a three-year dip, the pace of cloud region expansion is accelerating, with close to 50 planned regions in 2023 and beyond. Asia is the global leader with the most cloud data centers—more than the U.S. and Europe combined—with key infrastructure projects to watch.

Join TeleGeography Senior Research Manager Patrick Christian and Ciena's Brian Lavallée on Tuesday, September 12 at 11:00 a.m. ET for a live discussion covering the latest data on Asian cloud data centers.

Aug 30, 2023

Inside the Massive Market for Undersea Cables

It's always exciting to see submarine cable conversations happening in industries outside of telecom.

TeleGeography Research Analyst Lane Burdette was recently invited to the Institutional Real Estate, Inc. Podcast to talk about subsea cable infrastructure, the companies involved, investment opportunities, and the future of the industry.

Aug 24, 2023

Eight Enterprise Products, Explained

The geographic coverage of carriers’ enterprise network services varies significantly. Not every carrier connects to every city in their customers’ networks, and not all services are available everywhere.

When narrowing down the universe of potential suppliers, enterprises must first consider how their geographic requirements overlap a potential service provider’s physical network. They then must determine if the specific data services they require are enabled at each of the service providers’ PoPs.

TeleGeography's WAN Services Coverage analysis—part of our Cloud and WAN Research Serviceexamines carrier network connectivity and service availability from a geographic perspective.

Here's a snippet of that analysis, followed by some handy definitions.

Aug 8, 2023

How the Cost of Network Ownership Can Change Over Time, Part 2

In case you missed it, we’re looking back at some previous hypothetical network scenarios to see how the cost of network ownership can change over time.

In last week’s blog, Senior Research Manager Brianna Boudreau explored our first tiered scenario, which takes a conservative approach to integrating internet services and SD-WAN into the WAN.

If you haven’t read it yet, I encourage you to start there. Brianna’s post also provides important context about our hypothetical network and baseline dual MPLS network.

For Part 2 of this analysis, I'll map out a second, less conservative tiered approach, then switch gears to our Remote Hybrid Network.

Let’s dive in.

Aug 3, 2023

How the Cost of Network Ownership Can Change Over Time

Enterprise customers have embraced hybrid networks that employ multiple underlay technologies combined with an SD-WAN overlay. And for good reason.

Many SaaS applications and cloud services have been optimized to work over local internet connections rather than through central internet breakouts. The integration of an SD-WAN overlay addresses many of the concerns about network performance and security that come along with incorporating internet into the WAN.

And as we detailed in our recent blog series, the DIA and broadband services included in these hybrid networks are often cheaper than MPLS–sometimes considerably so. This allows WAN managers to reduce network spend or increase their capacity while staying within the same budget.

But even after enterprise customers have undergone a network transformation, it is still imperative for them to keep tabs on the market and assess what their network should cost. Particularly if their network contract includes a benchmarking clause.

With the latest update of our enterprise port pricing, we looked back at some previous hypothetical network scenarios to see how the cost of network ownership can change over time.

Jul 27, 2023

Choose Your Fighter: Payphone vs. Link5G Kiosk

Last year, New York City removed its last public payphone. This action marked the end of an era, but a new one has already unfolded.

Our July list of recommended reads touches on the latest iteration of LinkNYC, submarine cables, a fresh TeleGeography presentation, and … butter.