inauguration streams review

Mike Lyon mike.lyon at gmail.com
Wed Jan 21 12:52:09 CST 2009


How many simultaneous connections can each COW handle? What kind of backhaul
connections do they have?

-Mike


On Wed, Jan 21, 2009 at 10:49 AM, Jack Carrozzo <jack at crepinc.com> wrote:

> I can't comment on revenue-generation, though access as a whole was quite
> high.
>
> We hardly had any voice IAs (Ineffective Attempts, or 'Busy'
> messages). Since data can be queued, the only thing that would cause
> data IAs are bad RF conditions - we had a TON of 'cell on wheels' in
> the area for the event so we had enough carrier space to cover it.
>
> In-network data response times were hardly affected, with switch loads
> well below 50%. In-network SMS were still getting to their
> destinations in under 5 seconds for the most part.... I don't have any
> numbers on MMS or mobile IP data at the moment, though I would have
> heard if something horrible had happened.
>
> I'm told that the out-of-network SMS queue was piling pretty high at
> one point, to delivery times up to an hour, though they all still got
> there. We can't control other network's switches obviously.
>
> This isn't trying to sound like an advertisement - *I'm* not affected
> either way if people sign up with us as I'm not in sales, however from
> my point of view it looks like we had the most solid network... Our
> guys were planning and setting things up since June.
>
> Cheers,
>
> -Jack Carrozzo
>
> On Wed, Jan 21, 2009 at 1:29 PM, Peter Beckman <beckman at angryox.com>
> wrote:
> > On Tue, 20 Jan 2009, Jack Carrozzo wrote:
> >
> >> Cell networks held up reasonably well for voice, though SMS and MMS
> >> delivery times approached an hour during the event. Switch load in
> >> almost the entire US was higher than midnight on New Years (which is
> >> generally the highest load of the year).
> >>
> >> Our network has been preparing since June, and I assume likewise for
> >> others.
> >
> >  Unfortunately for me Sprint did not seem to prepare or have enough
> >  capacity for Voice, SMS or Data access.  No live Twitter blogging!
> >
> >  While I was able to get a few (maybe 5 between 10am and 2pm) text
> messages
> >  out while standing near the Washington Monument, calls and data were an
> >  impossibility, and SMS only seemed to have capacity available during
> lulls
> >  in the Inaugural activity.
> >
> >  It was disappointing as a customer -- I'm sure that, had the capacity
> been
> >  there, the revenue from that single event would have made a significant
> >  impact on any of the carrier's revenue, at least for the month.
> >
> >> -Jack Carrozzo
> >> (Engineer at $large cell company whose policy doesn't allow me to
> specify)
> >
> >  (Google spills the beans!)  I'm curious if you can find out -- did the
> >  record traffic positively affect revenue for that period compared to
> last
> >  year at the same time, or even last week on the same day?
> >
> >  And from a more technical standpoint, did your $large cell company put
> up
> >  temporary towers?  I'm curious as to how your company added capacity to
> >  handle the event, as well as how many "Network Busy" messages customers
> >  got, if any.  I know I got more of those messages than I did successful
> >  communications.
> >
> > Beckman
> >
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
> > Peter Beckman                                                  Internet
> Guy
> > beckman at angryox.com
> http://www.angryox.com/
> >
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> >
>



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