Undersea fiber cut after Taiwan earthquake - PCCW / Singtel / KT e tc connectivity disrupted

Brian Wallingford brian at meganet.net
Sun Jan 21 05:05:42 UTC 2007

That's news?

The same still happens with much land-based sonet, where "diverse paths"
still share the same entrance to a given facility.  Unless each end can
negotiate cost sharing for diverse paths, or unless the owner of the fiber
can cost justify the same, chances are you're not going to see the ideal.

Money will always speak louder than idealism.

Undersea paths complicate this even further.

On Sun, 21 Jan 2007, Rod Beck wrote:

:What's really interesing is the fragility of the existing telecom infrastructure. These six cables were apparently very close to each other in the water. In other words, despite all the preaching about physical diversity, it was ignored in practice. Indeed, undersea cables very often use the same conduits for terrestrial backhaul since it is the most cost effective solution. However, that means that diversifying across undersea cables does not buy the sort of physical diversity that is anticipated.
:Roderick S. Beck
:EMEA and North American Sales
:Hibernia Atlantic

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