The bandwidth glut of earlier in this decade increasingly has been forced into the shadows by growing bandwidth demand and anticipated future demand. The trans-Atlantic submarine cable bandwidth sector, despite being one of the instigators and victims of the previous glut, is now facing a growing need for more capacity, according to TeleGeography, which closely follows the undersea cable market. TeleGeography's Global Bandwidth Forecast Service suggests bandwidth requirements will grow 33 percent between 2008 and 2015.
The trans-Pacific theater has been an active sector in recent years and months for new submarine cable projects, but with that projected growth rate, the trans-Atlantic capacity could run out by 2014. That sounds like a call to action for carrier consortia and other adventurous bandwidth investors. Who will answer the call?
- Here's the TeleGeography summary
Carriers from China and Taiwan recently pursued a submarine cable venture
The Asia-Pacific Gateway is another recent cable project in the Pacific