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RE: Exodus/C&W Depeering

  • From: Deepak Jain
  • Date: Tue Mar 26 16:07:55 2002

to end, the latency should improve.  The majors/tier1s like AT&T, UUnet,
Genuity and C&W provide SLAs "end-to-end" *within* their ASN.  They control
the pipes, they know what they can take and they don't have to worry about
some overloaded peering link.  So as consolidation takes place, we should
see better latencies and better SLAs.


One could also make the argument, that if the number of major players
consolidates to say <=4 [like ages past], the pressure the market will be
able to place will be significantly reduced.

The trend in oligopolies is managed competition, or competition limited to a
few markets and no competition in smaller/less interesting markets. In
otherwords, there won't be much reason for these companies to make
significant or even progressive improvements to their SLAs.

This is, of course, the devil's advocate position.


Deepak Jain