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Re: Info on MAE-EAST

  • From: Stephen Balbach
  • Date: Fri Jan 17 12:56:09 1997

On Fri, 17 Jan 1997, David Schwartz wrote:

> 	I could equally well see a colo center where the plan is to run a 
> DS3 to the colo center, put a router there, and buy transit from as many 
> providers as you wanted by connecting to each provider's switch. For 
> example, a room where Sprint, MCI, BBNPlanet, PSI, Netcom, and whoever 
> else wanted to come would each have their own Ethernet switch or Gigaswitch.
> 	ISPs could then colo a router at the center and with no telco loop
> cost obtain transit connections from whatever combination of providers
> they wished. If the operators of the colo center had their own regional
> OC48 sonet ring, the cost to bring a DS3 to the center could be quite low
> for both ISPs and the big boys. 

This is a great idea, but runs counter to the telco's, all of whom run 
the current major NAP's. 

The other element needed would be multiple fiber drops from multiple 

> On Thu, 16 Jan 1997, Michael Dillon wrote:
> > I guess I was visualizing something quite different from current
> > exchanges. Rather than have an Ethernet switch I was thinking of using
> > Ethernet point-to-point. And the exchange point was more like a big colo
> > center in which you could set up as many private interconnects as you
> > want at the lowest possible cost (interface ports plus installing a cable
> > versus running T1's or DS3's across town). 
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