Examining Telecom in a Time of COVID-19

There’s no other way to put it. The 2022 State of the Network Report is a weird one.


Well, due to the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, 2021 saw its fair share of uncertainty. And at the same time, 2021 may be remembered as the year that the internet returned to normal—however you define that.

Yes, working and learning from home dramatically altered traffic patterns. But global internet bandwidth rose by 29% in 2021, which we consider a return to “normal” over the previous year’s COVID-driven surge of 34%.

At the same time, content and carrier network operators continue to reckon with massive bandwidth demand growth driven by new applications and greater penetration into emerging markets.

Indeed, strong capacity growth is visible across regions. (Africa experienced the most rapid growth of international internet bandwidth, growing at a compound annual rate of 45% between 2017 and 2021.)

All of this insight and more is included in our 2022 State of the Network Report—a product that we think of as an annual snapshot of the market.

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The 2022 edition was graciously sponsored by:

Digital Edge Kyndryl Telecom Egypt
netskope Xicomm