New data from TeleGeography’s Global Bandwidth Research Service shows that international network operators have weathered the recession surprisingly well. International bandwidth usage increased 60 percent in 2009, in line with the past two years, and well ahead of the trend of 2002-2006.
Growth has been particularly rapid in the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. However, capacity requirements to seemingly mature markets, such as Europe and the United States, have also grown at a compounded annual rate of more than 50 percent since 2002.??
Over the past seven years, aggregate international capacity requirements have grown more than 22-fold. Providers have kept pace with high demand by rapidly upgrading their fiber-optic networks with additional wavelengths. Nearly 90 percent of U.S. terrestrial network operators surveyed by TeleGeography plan on lighting extra wavelengths in 2010, and just under 70 percent of European carriers plan on doing so.??
TeleGeography’s Global Bandwidth Research Service provides detailed analysis of the long-haul network and submarine cable industry, including supply, demand, costs, and pricing analysis and profiles of 272 network operators and 228 submarine cables.?