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Re: MPLS VPNs or not?

  • From: jmalcolm
  • Date: Fri Aug 10 11:53:24 2001

Craig Partridge writes:
>Once UUNET was acquired by Worldcom, UUNET had access to Worldcom's
>network infrastructure, which was heavily ATM, and which UUNET had to
>share with the Worldcom's (very lucractive) voice traffic.  In that
>context, there was a real cost to using bandwidth and UUNET had to use
>account for its usage.

I can authoritatively say that UUNET never ran its backbone on the
Worldcom customer-facing ATM network.

For one thing, it was no larger than the IP backbone to start with and
was quickly outpaced by the IP backbone, which ran on its own ATM

>Some other ISPs were/are in a different business model -- they owned their
>fiber runs, outright, and the question for them was whether to put run
>ATM over that fiber, and subdivide the bandwidth of a single waveband,
>or light two wavebands (one voice/one IP).  I've seen the marginal cost
>analysis for that kind of decision, and it often favors two wavebands.

I never looked at it this way, but then direct access to the fiber at
Worldcom was not really an option. It was only a question of what we
terminated circuits on. At the time, there were no IP routers that
could credibly terminate OC12, which lent a certain clarity to the