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Re: Sprint's New ION products

  • From: Stephen Sprunk
  • Date: Wed Jun 03 22:09:54 1998

Given that:

A.	Sprint announced they are partnering with Cisco for ION
B.	Cisco bought NetSpeed, an ADSL vendor, a few months ago
C.	Cisco just released the 6x00 series, carrier-class ADSL hardware
D.	Cisco's gear uses ATM over ADSL

One could assume that Sprint intends to run ATM over ADSL into the home,
and provision all transport services over that link.

Internet access would have a PVC to the ISP of choice, most likely
Sprint Passport (aka Earthlink?).

Long distance voice would be SVC directly into Sprint's core network,
bypassing the 3.5c termination fee.

Local voice would be SVC (translated to DS0?) to the LEC or to Sprint's
CLEC division, depending on regulatory status.

Video and other emerging services would be funnelled off into other
Sprint business units as appropriate.

Am I missing something?


Pete Farmer wrote:
> For Sprint simply to use ATM in their core does not let them get around
> termination and USF.  Only if they use an access mechanism other than
> standard PSTN do they get around these charges.  Unfortunately, it's
> rather difficult to discern what the access mechanism will be for their
> 'ION' psudo-offering.

Stephen Sprunk, KD5DWP   "Oops."            Email:
CCIE #3723                -Albert Einstein  ICBM:  33.00151N 96.82326W

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