Written by

Ana Zapién

1 Oct, 2018 5 minutes

Our ecosystem is getting bigger and more diverse. Without a doubt, the companies that are part of our carrier list are setting the tone in the market on the issues that will be debated in the coming years.

We are in the final stretch of 2018 and have made a compilation that summarizes the most important news from some of our carriers, and that will undoubtedly impact the industry.

Akamai announces the evolution of botnets

Akamai is one of the largest content distributors in the world. It delivers 30% of the traffic of all Internet, including to the operators of e-commerce and content of social networks.

In its last report on the state of the Internet regarding security in the fourth quarter of 2017, the company showed the evolution of botnets towards the abuse of credentials. One of the most outstanding data affirmed the detection of 146 petabytes of traffic in November and 145 petabytes in December (only with the bots), which is equivalent to approximately 550 Mbps.

What are credential filler attacks and why is it so difficult to detect them?

They consist of buying lists of stolen credentials (usernames and passwords) from scammers, who then upload them to a botnet to validate the access data. Once in the account, attackers can make purchases and fraudulent financial transactions, as well as steal confidential information.

Despite how complicated it is to know who accesses their websites with stolen credentials, because these credentials may be valid, only 32% of companies have the necessary tools to detect this type of attack, and 30% say Be prepared to counter them.

Interested in the subject? Download the full report here.

Fact: Akamai is part of our MEX-IX in McAllen, the first IX focused on peering with Mexico in the United States

Sparkle will be part of the team that will show how telecoms can introduce services such as the IoT or the VR at a record speed

Sparkle, one of the top ten operators in the world, along with other service providers and technologies have joined forces to create a Proof of Concept (PoC) that aims to show how telecom companies can introduce next-generation services such as the IoT, VR, autonomous cars and the cloud at a record speed, with lower latency and a guaranteed quality of service, thanks to innovations in blockchain technology, artificial intelligence, and intent-based customer interfaces.

The PoC will be demonstrated between October 29 and 31, 2018 at the MEF18 global networking event (MEF18event.com) in Los Angeles, California.

Although some operators have already developed capabilities to provide on-demand services in their network and infrastructure, operations between operators are still managed manually since the BSS and OSS systems are not designed to offer the automation of operations between operators. In the operational aspect, the reasons include the lack of a common language, the use of disparate information, data models and the misalignment of processes.

Band-width-on-Demand PoC will demonstrate how the blockchain would give the power and viability of a synchronized and decentralized global supply chain for on-demand broadband services between operators. As a result, operators can discover, budget, delivery and automatically liquidate multi-product and multi-party services, eliminating dependence on a centralized intermediary part.

If you are interested in knowing how the blockchain can open new opportunities for the telecom industry, we invite you to read the Sparkle press release here.

Fact: In May of this year, Sparkle expanded its IP backbone network in the US. UU with a new PoP at MDC McAllen, Texas.

Visit the profile of sparkle in our marketplace.

GTT extends to Central and Eastern Europe

At the beginning of September, GTT Communications, a global provider of cloud networks, announced the upgrade of its fiber network covering Central and Eastern Europe. The expansion and additional high-capacity fiber routes improve the diversity, scalability, and performance of GTT’s Tier 1 global IP footprint for its business customers and operators in the region.

Following the acquisition of Interoute for $ 2.3bn, the company expects the network update to be completed in October 2018. The project includes network points of presence in Germany, Austria, Hungary, Bulgaria, and Turkey, adding a diverse route of low latency from Budapest to Sofia. GTT implemented next-generation optical technology along the routes, doubling the available optical capacity per fiber in the initial update, with the ability to add capacity to align with customer demand.

Fact: In 2016 GTT Communications established a new point of presence (PoP) in MDC Data Center, opening the possibility for the MDC ecosystem to more than 250 GTT PoPs to interconnect with cloud service providers such as IBM Cloud, Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.

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TotalPlay maintains its position as the fastest provider for Netflix

For three years Totalplay has been leading the Netflix ISP Index. The Mexican company offers greater speed to access the streaming service from December 2014 until June of this year. In the last month of 2014, the company provided an average rate of 3.53 Mbps, which for last June amounted to 3.9 Mbps.

Figures from Statista indicate that Mexico was positioned as the leading market for Netflix during the second quarter of 2017 with 72% of users that used the Internet paid video service, surpassing the United States, which with 62% ranks fourth.

Another important fact is that the majority of households that pay for OTT services are located in northern and central Mexico; which correlates with the penetration and growth of broadband Internet in these regions of the country.

The latest official statistics available show that the penetration of residential Internet broadband in Mexico is 43% (4Q 2016) throughout the country and more than 50% in the northern states of the country.

Fact: Until recently, Dallas, TX, had been the closest market for Mexican networks to peer with content providers. TotalPlay is part of the MDC ecosystem in McAllen.