contracts and survivability of telecom sector
deepak at ai.net
Tue Oct 7 14:53:58 CDT 2008
> One special case to consider - your provider gets taken over, and the new owner
> regrooms the combined fiber networks, such that formerly physically diverse
> paths no longer are...
These are lessons many learned 7 years ago...
No circuit is "set and forget", including so-called "protected"
services. The way long distance and international capacity is
swapped/bartered/remarketed reminds me of the complaints about the
current credit-default swap market (with all of the opacity!)
If you care about your reliability/survivability, you have to watch all
of the motions that an acquisition/transition will have on your
infrastructure [not just your future needs, but your current ones]. In
BK's, we've seen plenty of fiber providers hand over entrance facilities
that they had previously constructed to new entities and contract back
for the capacity they need. So it *looks* like the provider X build out
to your facility is completely diverse from provider Y, but they are no
longer diverse [with little -> no internal to the facility change].
Be careful out there...
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