Long Distance Dark Fiber

ML ml at kenweb.org
Fri Mar 11 08:25:32 CST 2011

On 3/10/2011 12:15 AM, nanog wrote:
> Good Evening all.  I got an odd and somewhat crazy request from our
> development group for a long haul OC48 connection for testing (they
> specifically said from their office in Utah to the east coast and back)
> with minimal jitter.  They need to be able to run their own framing Sonet
> and WDM - don't ask me why, it doesn't make sense to me.  It would seem to
> me that the last requirement would require a dark fiber?
> So I've got several questions.
> One, is there any provider that would provide us such a beast for only one
> month?  I realize that the fact this is long haul OC48 would make the cost
> astronomically high, and then throwing on the one month would make it even
> more expensive....
> Two, is there any good way to simulate such a long distance link?  I know
> such equipment exists for smaller links, but I haven't yet found anything
> that'll do OC48 fiber.  I'm sure the cost would be high for the equipment,
> however I'm betting it is *much* lower than the long distance link.
> Three, could we sanely encapsulate their framing into GRE (or some other
> such technology) and send it over an IP link and get SLAs to minimize the
> jitter?
> Offlist responses would be greatly appreciated.

Would it be too crazy to buy a spool of fiber and splice the end of one 
pair to the next pair and so on?  Won't be able to simulate 2200 miles 
of fiber but it'll be a long span.

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