off-topic: summary on Internet traffic growth History

Jeffrey S. Young young at jsyoung.net
Wed Aug 11 20:05:19 CDT 2010


BIPP was sold to C&W where it continued to use MCI transmission and facilities.  In November 2000, C&W had rebuilt it on their own facilities (just a bit larger).  Quite soon after the completion of the new network in 2000, C&W marketing was forecasting the need for a network that was ten times the size of their current backbone (the new network was four times the size of the original iMCI).  C&W was chapter 7 within 12 months.  BTW:  C&W sued Worldcom and won a $250M settlement on the basis that MCI had hidden the iMCI sales and marketing team in the sale. 
  The assets of C&W were sold to Savvis.

jy

On 12/08/2010, at 5:10 AM, Chris Boyd <cboyd at gizmopartners.com> wrote:

> 
> On Aug 11, 2010, at 1:13 PM, John Lee wrote:
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>> MCI bought MFS-Datanet because MCI had the customers and MFS-Datanet had all of the fiber running to key locations at the time and could drastically cut MCI's costs. UUNET "merged" with MCI and their traffic was put on this same network. MCI went belly up and Verizon bought the network.
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> Although not directly involved in the MCI Internet operations, I read all the announcements that came across the email when I worked at MCI from early 1993 to late 1998.
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> My recollection is that Worldcom bought out MFS.  UUnet was a later acquisition by the Worldcom monster (no, no biases here :-).  While this was going on MCI was building and running what was called the BIPP (Basic IP Platform) internally.  That product was at least reasonably successful, enough so that some gummint powers that be required divestiture of the BIPP from the company that would come out of the proposed acquisition of MCI by Worldcom.  The regulators felt that Worldcom would have too large a share of the North American Internet traffic.  The BIPP went with BT IIRC, and I think finally landed in Global Crossing's assets.
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> --Chris
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