Last Mile QoS WAS: RE: QOS or more bandwidth

Nathan Stratton nathan at
Tue May 29 22:13:30 UTC 2001

On Tue, 29 May 2001, Pete Kruckenberg wrote:

> I am surprised with all of the CLEC's a few years ago who
> were deploying IP "Soft Switches" that had VoIP
> capabilities, I don't know of anyone selling VoIP services
> over DSL (which seem like at least one way to break into the
> local voice market).

Well sell it over SDSL with a MOS of 4.8 or better, but we focus mostly
on frac T1 and ATM services. They also have limited last mile bandwidth so
the same issues need to be dealt with.

> Sprint initially focused ION on selling user-configured
> on-demand residential services over DSL, and were drivers
> for VoIP improvements at sub-T1 speeds, but I guess that
> didn't make it (the ION presentation at N+I looked
> completely unrelated).
> I'd guess the financial driver for the last mile now is
> pretty much the phone company (who now also owns the cable
> company and the competitive phone company as well as the DSL
> company). I don't see what motivation they would have to run
> multiple services on the same line, and QoS just doesn't
> seem to fit in the same phrase as "phone company" (or "cable
> company"). Biggest driver for the last mile: support your
> local community network, or start one with your neighbors.

Sure, for me it is about putting service creation in my users hands.


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