Friday, May 26, 2017

The State of Gigabit Internet, Top Internet Wireless Fiber Providers



Global Internet Deployments

US Leads in Gigabit Access Numbers The United States has the highest number of people with access to gigabit internet (56.4 million) with a population coverage of 17 percent. Singapore currently has the highest proportion of citizens with gigabit internet availability at 95 percent. South Korea has the second highest number of citizens with gigabit internet availability (46.7 million), representing 93 percent of its population. Of the current gigabit installations tracked by Gigabit Monitor, unsurprisingly, 91 percent are based on fiber – with cellular connections accounting for 3.65 percent, HFC accounting for 5.26 percent, and WiFi making up less than 1 percent.

However, with many launches of gigabit LTE and 5G expected in the near future, the scale of cellular gigabit connectivity is expected to change significantly. This is reflected in Viavi’s State of 5G Trials, which shows that 25 mobile operators are currently lab-testing 5G, with 12 of those reporting that they have progressed to field trials.

Dynamically Updated Infographics The new Gigabit Monitor has been upgraded to display dynamically updated infographics showing the current state of gigabit internet provision in all 41 countries where it is available. Each country’s gigabit internet profile displays the estimated population coverage, global ranking, gigabit launches over time and a listing of local gigabit providers. “2016 was a turning point for gigabit connectivity, as many cities around the world reached the point whereby gigabit internet was available to most of its residents,” said Sameh Yamany, Chief Technology Officer, Viavi Solutions. “Yet the gigabit revolution shows no signs of cooling down in 2017. As bandwidth increases, so does consumer appetite for it. Likewise new business models have been quick to take advantage of new bandwidth, as we’ve seen with streaming video and audio in the recent past – and which we believe will continue in the near future with VR, AR and the Internet of Things.”

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

What is SD-WAN and Why Are So Many Companies Looking into This?



What is SD-WAN?

Software-defined WANs are quickly replacing traditional Wide Area Networks (WANs) as more enterprises realize the need to rethink networking for today’s cloud-centric world.

Today’s SD-WANs are providing organizations: Lower costs by eliminating reliance on expensive MPLS connections to interconnect remote sites Higher performance by leveraging multiple network paths and faster broadband connections for certain applications including cloud Increased network agility by decreasing manual configuration steps through increased programmability and automation. Deploying SD-WAN ensures your wide-area network is future-proof for cloud computing and can adapt to rapidly changing application and business requirements.




The benefits of SD-WAN include cost-effective delivery of business applications, meeting the evolving operational requirements of the modern branch/remote site, optimizing software-as-a-service (SaaS) and cloud-based services such as UC&C, and improving branch-IT efficiency through automation. "As public and private cloud use continues to grow, WAN performance becomes critical to latency-sensitive and mission-critical workloads and inter-datacenter business continuity," said Rohit Mehra, Vice President, Network Infrastructure at IDC. "Accordingly, as enterprises plan and implement comprehensive cloud strategies, WAN architectures need to be considered alongside, and in conjunction with, datacenter infrastructure.

Moreover, as enterprises move business processes to the cloud, there is a greater need to fully integrate cloud-sourced services into WAN environments to ensure workload/application performance, availability, and security."

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Top Upcoming Telecommunications Conferences



April 24-27, 2017
Organizer: KNect365
Location: Nice - France
 
April 26-27, 2017
Organizer: Infoex-World Services
Location: Beijing - China
 
April 27, 2017
Organizer: IoT Global
Location: London - United Kingdom
 
May 2-4, 2017
Organizer: Loyalty 360
Location: Orlando - United States
 
May 3, 2017
Organizer: Konnectworldwide
Location: Mumbai - India
 
May 8-11, 2017
ENABLING NEXT GENERATION WIRELESS SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
Organizer: Wireless Broadband Alliance
Location: London - United Kingdom
 
May 9-11, 2017
Organizer: Upperside
Location: Paris - France
 
May 12, 2017
Organizer: Bharat Exhibitions
Location: New Delhi - India
 
May 15-18, 2017
Organizer: Juliet Media International
Location: Nice - France
 
May 18-19, 2017
Organizer: Genesis-recoursing Group
Location: Beijing - China
 
May 23-25, 2017
Organizer: Parks Associates
Location: San Francisco - United States
June 1-2, 2017
Organizer: IoT Tech Expo
Location: Berlin - Germany
 









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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Double Your Sales While Working Less Than You Do Now







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Monday, March 27, 2017

IaaS, PaaS, SaaS to Lead $390 billion Cloud Economy in 2017




48 out of the world’s Fortune 50 companies are using or plan to use cloud services as those previously concerned about cloud environments start to invest heavily. Global cloud IT market revenues are set to more than double by 2020 with both public and private cloud hardware, software and services set to generate $390 billion in revenues by the end of this decade.

According to Bain & Company’s “The Changing Faces of the Cloud” report, market revenues accounted to ‘only’ $180bn in 2015 and are now set to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17% until 2020. Of the $390bn estimated cloud market, public cloud services are set to represent the largest part of the sector, with Software as a Service (SaaS) predicted to grow at a CAGR of 18%.

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) are tipped for a 27% CAGR. Public cloud infrastructure and enabling services are predicted to increase at a 12% CAGR while private cloud services, including managed private clouds (MPC) and dedicated private clouds (DPC), are predicted to grow at a 25% CAGR.


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Monday, March 13, 2017

Global Average Connection Internet Speed Increases 26 Percent Year Over Year (Cloud & Bandwidth Traffic Reports)




CAMBRIDGE, MA — Internet connection speeds continued to show positive long-term trends around the world, with particularly strong year-over-year increases across all broadband adoption metrics, according to the 4Q, 2016 State of the Internet Report, released by Akamai Technologies, a global provider of content delivery network (CDN) services. Based on data gathered from the Akamai Intelligent Platform, the report provides insight into key global statistics such as connection speeds, broadband adoption metrics, notable Internet disruptions, IPv4 exhaustion and IPv6 implementation.

“When Akamai first published the report in 2008, we defined ‘high broadband’ as 5 Mbps and above, which nine years ago had an adoption rate of 16 percent globally. We’re now seeing a 15 Mbps adoption rate of 25 percent worldwide,” said David Belson, editor of the State of the Internet Report. “The upward trends are encouraging as businesses create and deliver even richer experiences for bigger audiences across the Internet, but accentuate the need for organizations to optimize those experiences for the myriad connected devices their customers are using.”

Highlights from Akamai’s Fourth Quarter, 2016 State of the Internet Report:

Global Average Connection Speeds and Global Broadband Adoption
•Global average connection speed increased 12 percent to 7.0 Mbps in the fourth quarter, a 26 percent increase year over year.
•South Korea again had the highest average connection speed globally at 26.1 Mbps in the fourth quarter.
•At 26.7 Mbps, the District of Columbia led the United States in average connection speed.
•Global 4, 10, 15 and 25 Mbps broadband adoption rates increased 15 percent, 31 percent, 37 percent and 45 percent year over year, respectively.

IPv4 and IPv6
•In the fourth quarter of 2016, nearly 807 million unique IPv4 addresses connected to the Akamai Intelligent Platform, which is a 0.4 percent decrease as compared to the fourth quarter of 2015.
•There was significantly less IPv4 allocation/assignment activity in the fourth quarter, with 6.4 million addresses allocated/assigned versus 16 million in the third quarter.
•With 47 percent of its content requests to Akamai coming over IPv6, Belgium maintained its significant global lead in IPv6 adoption with a 20% quarter-over-quarter increase.

Mobile
•Average mobile connection speeds ranged from a high of 26.8 Mbps in the United Kingdom to a low of 2.9 Mbps in Venezuela.
•Among the qualifying surveyed countries/regions, 30 had an average mobile connection speed at or exceeding the 10 Mbps broadband threshold (up from 24 in the previous quarter), while 58 achieved average speeds at or above the 4 Mbps broadband level (up from 52).

Disruptions and Events
•During Hurricane Matthew in October, Internet traffic to the Bahamas dropped to approximately one-tenth of normal levels for the country.
•Internet traffic levels to The Gambia abruptly dropped to zero on November 30th, shortly ahead of the country’s December 1st elections, and returned to normal on December 2nd.
•On several dates, the Iraqi government continued its policy of blocking Internet access across the country to prevent cheating during middle and high school national exams.
•Technical issues at the Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) were blamed for a sudden drop in traffic to the country in December.

About the Akamai State of the Internet Report
Each quarter, Akamai publishes a “State of the Internet – Connectivity” report. This report includes data gathered from across the Akamai Intelligent Platform about attack traffic, broadband adoption, mobile connectivity and other relevant topics concerning the Internet and its usage, as well as trends seen in this data over time. For additional information on the metrics in the report and how they are analyzed, please consult this blog post. To learn more and to access the archive of past reports, please visit the Quarterly Reports site. The figures from the Third Quarter, 2016 State of the Internet Report are available for download.



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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

How the New Linkedin Impacts Different User Types


Talk About Change

By now, about 50% of LinkedIn users have had their desktop interface switched over to the new mobile-inspired design. If it hasn’t, it’s expected to happen by the end of February. Here’s how to tell which one you have now. In the Old design, the primary navigation buttons were Home, Profile, My Network, Learning, Jobs, and Interests. They appeared on the upper left of the screen. In the New design, the primary navigation buttons are Home, My Network, Jobs, Messages, Notifications, and Me. They appear on the upper right of the screen.




LinkedIn is pushing for a much improved look and design it seems these days. They are changing many of the desktop features, home page layouts and other important areas that most users, including myself, find very challenging to find my way around now.

What are the Features you ask that are disappearing? Unless you have Premium these are going away.
  • Advanced search
  • Notes
  • Tags
  • View Profile as profile completeness
  • How you rank
  • RSS Feeds on Home page are limited


Below is a video that showcases the changes LinkedIn has put in place and to assist you on how this new format will work. If you are like the






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Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Annual DYN Renesys Bakers Dozen Report/The Top Global Internet Service Providers





The Bakers Dozen annual report is out highlighting the Top Internet Providers from 2016. Cogent surged to #3 showing that we are not only one of the most interconnected networks globally, but also still one of the most reliable and scalable networks out there.

Last year saw consistent and solid gains for all the carriers in this group. But the true star of the show was Cogent, surging all the way from #5 to #3 in twelve short months. Cogent’s rise was in no small part due to broad-based gains from Asian carriers.

 Cogent’s substantial end-of-year drop was the result of losing Apple (AS714) as a customer. But they quickly began to recover with more gains in Asia, such as increased transit from PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (AS7713), Rostelecom (AS12389) and Pacnet (AS10026) to name a few, ending the year just ahead of NTT. NTT’s growth was a bit more erratic, but still about 4% over where they started the year and just a hair below Cogent at year end.





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Monday, February 6, 2017

Top 2017 Big Data Cloud Based Technology Predictions



Looking Back On My 2016 Predictions


1.Software as a whole will drive the technology conversation - Ok, so this was a bit of a softball, but I'm going to claim victory anyway. The buzz behind SDN and NFV have continued to rise, and there's virtually no carrier out there that isn't putting them to work or to the test. Verdict: yes!

2.Fiber consolidation in the US will slow further - Until the end of October, I was ready to claim victory on this one. Then CenturyLink bought Level 3, and there followed an almost daily drumbeat of new network M&A moves. Verdict: Tackled at the 10 yard line.

3.Fiber consolidation in Europe will claim a consolidator. - Does CenturyLink/Level 3 count? Because that's the only way I win this one. I was really thinking of someone like Zayo or Level 3 buying Interoute or Colt or euNetworks or... Verdict: Just call me Stretch...

4.Sponsored data will come under increasing regulatory/political attack - This just didn't happen at all. Net neutrality didn't play in the election at all, and nobody seriously bothered to challenge sponsored data offerings. In fact, with the new Trump administration coming in, the tide has pretty much shifted the other way. Verdict: Completely off target.

5.The courts will let the FCC's Title II-based net neutrality stand for now - But this one seems to have been correct. In fact I suggested that the industry would need a shift in the balance of power at the FCC to change this, and indeed this is precisely what may be happening for next year. Verdict: On target.

6.One of the three US incumbents will sell or spin off its datacenter/cloud business - Actually, two of them did just that in the fourth quarter. Verizon sold 24 data centers to Equinix, and CenturyLink sold its data centers to private equity. Verdict: On target.

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Friday, February 3, 2017

Cogent Communications Internet Service Provider award!



Cogent was presented with the Best In Class Award recently at the 2017 PTC Pacific Telecommunications Council conference.

Cogent delivers high-quality, low-latency Internet, Wide Area Ethernet and colocation services to enterprise customers with its facilities-based, all-optical IP network.


Second Most Peered Network:  http://as-rank.caida.org/
Baker’s Dozen (Dyn Research):  Baker's Dozen for 2016
Checkout Cogent in the News recently: News Link





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Monday, January 30, 2017

5 Habits of Wildly Successful Sales Representatives




Ever look at a sales rep and think, “Man, that is one monster quota-maker!" I have been there, and I’ve learned that top-notch sellers are fundamentally different, at the DNA level. I have been fortunate to work with a number of these unicorns – people who blow their numbers out of the water quarter after quarter, year after year – at my company, SwarmSales, and have noticed five things they have in common.

In no particular order, here they are:

They constantly network: Not to sell, but to continually expand their connections. I asked quite a few of them why networking was so important, aside from the obvious reasons. The one answer that I found very interesting was, “Because it allows us to see trends. See if similar companies or people in roles are seeing the same problem. If they are, then we have a market opportunity developing."

They know the internal/customer process in depth: One of the most important things, I think even more than knowing your company’s products, is knowing the process. That goes for both your company and your clients. I identify with this trait the most, as I had to know the process on both sides before I could successfully deliver the results my clients were hoping for. For example, at Oracle, selling involves a long, arduous approval process that goes all the way up to Larry Ellison’s office. When I was there I used to joke that selling the end client was only 25 percent of the effort; selling to Oracle was 75 percent. Luckily, I was able to master the internal process and use it to drive deals through with appropriate justifications. Similarly, knowing who signs or approves at an end client’s side is very important.

They constantly ask if priorities have shifted: Continuous validation and ensuring the company focus hasn’t drifted is also a great trait. Top sales reps look at initiatives they are currently focused on and continually make sure that the same metrics, economic buyers, decision-making process, decision criteria and identified pain are still valid. They ensure the champion remains absolutely supportive of the solution and feels like she owns the product. If you don’t constantly check in, you will find projects may not make it over the finishing line. You’ve burned precious resources and time.

They can multi-task: Ever do an enterprise deal at Oracle or IBM? It will put hair on your chest. These transactions are so complex and have so many moving pieces you would be absolutely amazed. A $100 million sale doesn’t just happen. It takes a vast array of coordination from one master organizer who brings together the accumulation of product specialists, technical leads, client resources, procurement, finance and legal to align toward a single goal and close the deal within the defined date. Average sales reps manage anywhere from five to 10 transactions a quarter. Top tier sellers manage on average 15 to 20 deals.

They are always looking for new products to sell: Typically a sales rep is limited to a set portfolio of product and services; however, top sellers are constantly looking at ways to be part of every initiative. There are two reasons for that. First, if a company enters their defined ecosystems yet doesn’t integrate with the existing foundation, they might end up displaced. Essentially, it may introduce a crack in the foundation. The second reason is, they don’t like to lose. Every time I sold, I looked at how much of the annual spend I could pick up, and if I didn’t have a product in my bag, I made sure I found someone within other product groups or the partner network that had an offering and brought them in. This is a great guiding light for how to spot which sales reps can be wildly successful for your business. We are excited to have them on our marketplace and look forward to sharing more of our learnings. Agree? Disagree? Think there’s a trait that I missed? Let me know in comments!

Ankur Srivastava is the CEO and co-founder of SwarmSales, a trusted global platform for targeted enterprise sales.



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Friday, January 20, 2017

What The Time Warner, AT&T $85 billion merger means for The Telecom Industry




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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year and Bring on 2017!








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