TransAtlantic 40 Gig Waves

Rod Beck Rod.Beck at
Fri Aug 14 14:13:25 CDT 2009

-----Original Message-----
From: Valdis.Kletnieks at [mailto:Valdis.Kletnieks at]
Sent: Fri 8/14/2009 8:12 PM
To: Rod Beck
Cc: Matthew Moyle-Croft; nanog at
Subject: Re: TransAtlantic 40 Gig Waves
On Fri, 14 Aug 2009 19:55:36 BST, Rod Beck said:

> Well, the funny thing is that when I approached bandwidth buyers at some
> well known publicly traded carriers, they told me that 40 gig waves
> across the Atlantic were impossible.

Theoretically impossible, or just "impossible on the fiber that's already
underwater"? Big difference there.

Impossilbe on the existing undersea cables. 

> Indeed, when we decided to launch LAN PHY 10 GigE, the builder of our cable
> system told us it wasn't possible. 

Again, was this "impossible on a cable the builder was about to build", or
"impossible on the cable that the builder put under the water already"?

Impossible on our cable. The one they built. 

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