off-topic: historical query concerning the Internet bubble

Randy Bush randy at
Mon Aug 9 11:58:39 UTC 2010

while most of us seem to remember traffic doubling every nine months or
a year (and some have memories of that being the meme then) [0],
capacity build was massively above that level.  think of the compound
rate one gets when one substitutes owned wet glass for a few leased
stm-1s.  to quote a friend

    if a network's capacity grows O(10**6) in 6 years, measured in
    miles*gigabits/sec, how would you describe it?



[0] - we're seeing about 50% broadband growth a year in japan according
      to thems that track, see Kenjiro Cho.  "Broadband Traffic Report"
      Internet Infrastructure Review vol.4, pp18-23. August 2009.

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