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Re: Qwest desires mesh to reduce unused standby capacity

  • From: Joel Jaeggli
  • Date: Wed Feb 27 23:01:51 2008

Frank Bulk - iNAME wrote:

To keep this OT as much as possible, my question is if a mesh-configuration
of backup routes (where one link could provide 'protection' for many) would
be considered a sufficient replacement for SONET rings, or if the Qwest CTO
is really trying to get out of providing sub 50-msec protected loops and
encouraging L3 and above protection schemes, so that they can even further
over-subscribe their network.

It's cool that the telecommunications companies have caught up with the times. they're only about 44 years late.

That said the 3 cross country fiber paths they have weren't dictated by the network model they were operating under but rather Southern/Union Pacific's available right-of-way and Philip Anschutz's relatively efficent use of capital.