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424: What Happens to Cables When The Earth Moves Under Our Feet?
Apr 18 2023
424: What Happens to Cables When The Earth Moves Under Our Feet?
How are submarine cables impacted by tectonic shifts beneath the seafloor? This week's guests on TeleGeography Explains the Internet are well-positioned to tell us. They join us from the UK’s National Oceanography Centre: Isobel Yeo, Researcher in Geology and Volcanology, and Michael Clare, Principal Researcher of Ocean BioGeoscience and Marine Environmental Adviser to the International Cable Protection Committee.  Mike and Izzy are geologists specializing in the seafloor, so their research has become vital for the submarine cable community. While most cable faults are due to human activity, a fair number are caused by changes in the seafloor. This includes earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, and even flooding on land.  We discuss the myriad ways that the dynamic nature of what lies under the surface can damage cables. We even get into the history of natural disasters and communications cables going back a century or more.  We get into a specific seismic event—the recent Tongan volcanic eruption—as well as ongoing threats to sub cables, including how climate change could increase risks and how we can start to mitigate them.  From This Episode: Episode 310: How Global Events Impact the InternetExplore our 2023 Submarine Cable MapCutting off Europe? A Look at How the Continent Connects to the WorldGloomy Economic Indicators… Scary Future for the Subsea Cable Industry?New Cables Are Coming to AfricaSubmarine Cable FAQs
420: When Carriers Collaborate
Mar 21 2023
420: When Carriers Collaborate
Wanna look at some cool voice data? The recent expansion of the i3forum's Insights tool has quite a bit of that. I've been itching to talk about it on TeleGeography Explains the Internet. So today we're chatting with the i3forum, a nonprofit industry body focused on "accelerating transformation across the carrier ecosystem." Put another way: this consortium of carriers routinely collaborates on solving some of the biggest challenges facing their industry. And they have a really innovative way of sharing data among participants, to the benefit of all involved. (Non-members can participate in this data-sharing, too. More of than in our discussion.) To get into carrier collaboration, I'm joined by Philippe Millet, Founder and Chairman of the i3forum, as well as Michael Lawrence, Director of Business Intelligence, Operations and Transformation at Tata Communications. Philippe walks us through why he founded the forum and how it operates. And how exactly do members develop, curate, and share recommendations with one another?  This is the perfect segue to chat with Michael, an active member of the i3forum. He offers an inside perspective on the Insights tool and the benefits of connecting with other carriers.  From This Episode: Episode 416: The Death of Voice Has Been Greatly ExaggeratedVoice Traffic: I've Fallen and I Can't Get UpAbout i3forum InsightsBehind the Scenes of i3forum Insights, the Industry's New Database for Global Voice ServicesWhat is i3forum Insights and How Does it Work?