Demand for 10G connections

Sean Donelan sean at
Wed Jan 10 20:57:47 UTC 2007

On Wed, 10 Jan 2007, William B. Norton wrote:
> Why are folks turning away 10G orders?

In Hollywood, San Francisco and a few other cities with large concentration
of movie/entertainment industries 10G network connections have been sold 
for at least a year, not necessarily connected to the "Internet."

Don't we go through this every other network generation?  I seem to recall 
the NSFNET only being able to handle 22Mbps on its T3 (45Mbps) connections
for a while.  A few years later, another backbone was out of capacity and 
had to stop selling new connections for several months while it caught up.
Later we had the OC12, OC48 bottleneck on switches being used at some 
exchange points and getting GigE connections was a problem.  And so on 
and so on.

We'll have wailing and gnashing of teeth for many months but somehow 
things will balance out again as technology, equipment and revenue catch
up with each other.  And then it will start over again with someone 
wanting 100GE connections, and then 1000GE connections, etc, etc.

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