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Re: KPNQWEST cease operation?

  • From: Michael.Dillon
  • Date: Fri Jun 14 07:18:49 2002

>Anyone who isn't in the process of moving away from KQ/Ebone is
>in deep trouble and should act now to ensure you get on the
>list of an alternative nearer the top than the bottom. I've
>heard reports from various parts of Europe about issues
>and in todays FT it looks like the network will be shutdown
>by the NOC employees unless the company is bought outright!

What I wonder is what they mean by "shutdown". If this means that the 
equipment is unplugged, then how many of these alternate providers will 
suddenly discover that they have a dependency on an Ebone SDH/SONET ADM or 
an Ebone DWDM box? If management at these alternate providers is just 
hunting through their databases looking for KPN/Qwest dependencies they 
probably won't see the complete picture. KQ only completed the Ebone 
acquisition back in March and about a year earlier, Ebone was doing 
business under the name GTS or Global Telesystems. Most people who bought 
wavelengths or leased lines from Ebone would have done it under those 
names and most of those companies were carriers or network operators.

This could get interesting. Personally, I hope that the NOC employees in 
Brussels succeed in getting potential buyers to realize the value of a 
functioning cross-border fiber network that covers all of Europe. 

Michael Dillon

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