C&W Network

06.07.01

Well, after another great phone call with the Cable & Wireless staff, I have
to agree with Sean. C&W is now informing their ISP's with T1 connections
that C&W is going to be disconnecting the T1's that are currently being used
and "Cut Over" to a much better C&W (New) network. C&W will setup a time
that this is going to occur.

As the conversation goes, this is going to be a much faster and better
network. Since C&W provides us with our T1 backbone, I had to ask. What is
going on? Is this (New) network, going to just be an ATM circuit or what?
It appears that no one has an answer. They were just told to contact us or
in our case this was a letter in our statement, which indicated we needed to
contact C&W, ASAP. It went on to say, in so many words, failure to contact
C&W could cause the "Cut Over" to occur, without notice.

After what has occurred this week, it really makes you worry. What is C&W
up to? And is this going to be good for my business? Or, we're going to
get the shaft, as the song goes. Anyone else heard anything about this New
and Improved, faster network that C&W is telling us about?

Just a thought...
Morris Allen
VidcomNet, Inc.

Date: Thu, 7 Jun 2001 20:09:34 -0500
From: Moe Allen <moe@vidnet.net>

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After what has occurred this week, it really makes you worry. What is
C&W up to? And is this going to be good for my business? Or, we're
going to get the shaft, as the song goes. Anyone else heard anything
about this New and Improved, faster network that C&W is telling us
about?

IIRC, a year or so ago, the "old" network meant what the former MCI.Net
backbone; the "new" was what they were building.

*shrug*

That's about all the more that I know.

Eddy

We switched months ago. They're migrating anyone still on the old CWIX
backbone to what they built upon when they bought MCI's network, as far as
I remember. But, we did this a while ago.

It's been fine....

On Thu, Jun 07, 2001 at 08:09:34PM -0500, Moe Allen typed:

Migrating off the old MCI backbone is a GOOD thing.
(CWIX? BIP?)
  
My old shop was with MCI before C&W bought the ip
backbone. We were a small downstream (the ol' static route, /30,
T1, with a few /24's to feed the masses.)

As far as engineering and support issues go, C&W was top notch.
(Router tweaks, security suggestions, etc.)

Sales and marketing... not so top notch...
(Tip for you account managers lurking out there; unannounced
Word or PowerPt email attachments do NOT impress clients.)

The new network is real, they've been building it out for
quite some time now. They're probably going to cut you
over to one of their "N3" nodes. However, in this age of
wireless, DSL, and cable modems, a T1 to an upstream's
backbone may not make much sense anymore.

-bradly