Monday, November 22, 2004
At Vortex2000 a skeptical Bob Metcalfe commented on my talk, "At least you said Ethernet a lot." Now the major carriers are getting the message. Scott Clavenna, writing in Light Reading, summarizes recent RFPs by BT, AT&T, SBC, and BellSouth and announced plans by FT, Verizon and Global Crossing, saying
Regardless of the size or ambition of these moves, they all have one thing in common: Ethernet is a crucial part of every plan. Whether it’s broadband access, new WAN infrastructure, VOIP, or wireless, Ethernet has emerged as the de facto data link layer for future services . . . The goal is one of migration: Get customers off Frame Relay and private lines as painlessly (and profitably) as possible while adding new customers attracted to the economics of Ethernet.Now let's see how long it takes for MPLS to drop out of Clavenna's thinking, that is, for the pure end-to-end network to arrive.
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