Optical Wave Providers

Mikael Abrahamsson swmike at swm.pp.se
Fri Sep 2 04:32:22 UTC 2016

On Wed, 31 Aug 2016, tim at 29lagrange.com wrote:

> I have been looking at optical wave carriers for some long haul 1G/10G across 
> the US.

You probably should describe what you mean by "optical wave". If you mean 
"I want bit-transparent capacity with grey light handoff, that is not 
overbooked", then that's not really "optical wave". It will probably do 
what you want though (if I guess what it is you're looking for).

I have had good historical success by asking for STM64/OC192 and then run 
10GBASE-LW (WAN-PHY) over it. If you want the provider to treat your bits 
as bits and not packets, don't even tell them you're running packets. If 
they're providing OC192, they don't need to know. Don't even give them the 
chance to do the wrong thing by telling them you're running WAN-PHY over 
it. They might configure their system to support WAN-PHY and all of a 
sudden their transponders/muxponders might now understand the packets 
you're running over OC192 and CRC check them and drop them without you 

They don't need to know, so don't tell them.

Mikael Abrahamsson    email: swmike at swm.pp.se

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