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Re: TransAtlantic Cable Break

  • From: Sean Donelan
  • Date: Fri Jun 22 12:01:42 2007

On Fri, 22 Jun 2007, Hank Nussbacher wrote:
Tell that to the 10 gig wave customers who lost service. Very few cable
systems provide protection at the 10 gig wave level.

If you don't pay the extra amount for a protected circuit, why should your circuit get protection for free when others have to pay for it? Now, if there are 10G customers with protected circuits who lost service, then hopefully they have in their contract hefty penalty clauses against the carrier. If not, then they are just plain stupid.

Is paying for "protected circuits" actually worth it. Or are you better off just buying two circuits and using both during normal conditions. Use switching at layer 3 to the remaining circuit during abnormal conditions. Most of the time, you get twice the capacity for only twice
the price instead of a "protected circuit" where you only get the once the capacity for twice the price.

Of course, there is still the problem some facility provider will "groom" both your circuits on to the same cable. If you are buying pre-emptable circuits, hopefully you understand what that means.