Econ 101: Competition lowers broadband costs

Sending traffic over long-haul pipes is much cheaper in most places than connecting back to a local point of presence. TeleGeography looked at the price differences and discovered that the service offering and the competitiveness of the market determine how much more you pay.

Guess what? Bandwidth is getting cheaper.

Good news for anyone shipping a bunch of bits around the world. IP transit costs are down and are dropping more rapidly. But this doesn’t mean cheaper broadband for most consumers given the lack of competition in the middle and last mile access businesses.

Internet Keeps Growing! Traffic up 62% in 2010

Internet traffic has grown 62 percent in 2010, after logging a handsome 74 percent growth in 2009. The growth in traffic is coming from non-mature markets likes Eastern Europe and India where traffic growth is over 100 percent. But what does it mean?

China Has 420M Internet Users and a Need for Speed

The number of internet users in China rose by 9.4 in the first six months of the year, and is now at 420 million, according to China’s Internet Network Information Center. It’s a huge market, and one that’s getting faster speeds with government subsidized fiber deployments

Skype Steals Even More Minutes From Phone Companies

When a crappy economy meets VoIP, cheaper IP telecommunications win, according to research out today from TeleGeography showing that the estimated growth of international telephone traffic in 2009 has slowed to a mere 8 percent, while Skype’s growth has accelerated by 51 percent.

What Our Compute Demand Looks Like

The servers running our web applications, crunching numbers or serving up ads aren’t all in company-owned data centers — many are in co-location facilities, which have grown by 1.66 million square feet of floor space since 2008, an increase of 9 percent, according to a report out this morning from Telegeography research.