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Re: WorldCom's DWDM capabilities/OC12 SONET vs DWDM

  • From: Max's Lists
  • Date: Thu Feb 27 12:20:44 2003

thanks all for your input.

on closer examination I found that the only two countries in Europe where
WorldCom seems to sell wavelength services retail are Belgium and Luxemburg.
There is some talk about selling DWDM wholesale in Spain, but I am afraid
this is just boilerplate language.

if anyone knows anything about how to figure out DWDM prices in those two
countires ... i would be greatly appreciative

----- Original Message -----
From: "David Barak" <thegameiam@yahoo.com>
To: "Max's Lists" <lists@smetannikov.net>; <nanog@merit.edu>
Sent: Thursday, February 06, 2003 6:18 PM
Subject: Re: WorldCom's DWDM capabilities/OC12 SONET vs DWDM


>
>
> --- Max's Lists <lists@smetannikov.net> wrote:
> it has come to my
> > attention that WorldCom
> > doesn't seem to have a DWDM network to speak of, and
> > reportedly has spotty
> > DWDM coverage only in metro areas, a fact well
> > hidden from company's
> > marketing literature that seems to avoid talking
> > about speeds above oc-3.
>
> Your impression is pretty much correct.  WorldCom
> bought/obtained a large quantity of fiber before DWDM
> capability was widely available, and has not spent
> very much money on CapEX in the past couple of years.
> Their current focus seems to be trying to maximize the
> usage of their existing infrastructure.
>
>
> >
> > Two questions -- can anyone verify/offer more
> > insights/point to better
> > resources on WorldCom's DWDM startegy?
> >
> > And -- as the rumor mill seems to suggest -- is it
> > indeed true that despite
> > obvious network economics SONET-based OC-12 and
> > OC-48 circuits are indeed
> > enjoying lower street prices than DWDM oc-12/48
> > circuits? Any thoughts as to
> > why this info is indeed correct?
>
>
> This is also true, because a large number of providers
> are in a similar place to WorldCom - i.e.
> overprovisioned SONET gear, and don't want to upgrade
> to a DWDM-based system until their SONET cicuits
> absolutely need it.  It shouldn't be all that
> surprising - where you'll really see a lot of DWDM is
> those providers who had loaded up on dark fiber, and
> are now starting to light them.
>
> -David Barak
> fully RFC 1925 compliant
>
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