Provider credibility - does it matter? was Re: Inter-provider relations

> The point is that GSL's peering policies are radically different from
> those of SprintLink, whereas Cable & Wireless seems to have the same
> policies worldwide. Similarly, I know that GSL's prices for transit
> used to be much higher than SprintLink's and I suppose still are.

As what I know, GSL's peering policies have two parts, international and
US domestic. The US domestic part is exactly the copy of SprintLink.
International part is based on the idea of traffic localization.

Fine. This still leaves Sprint with two very different policies, one
for the US and one for the rest of the world, whereas CWIX apparently
has one policy for the whole world -- or at least for North America and
Europe. I believe that over the next few years this is how things are
going to go: peering policies and prices for transit will converge, at
least in these two large markets.

Sprint has appearently made the decision to treat Sprintlink and GSL as two
entirely seperate networks. This makes sense based on the way that they
structured Global One. The GSL product is appearently intended to be an
international Internet product. In this sense they really look more like a
no U.S. provider with the rate structure and cost basis to match. If the
idea is to drag the traffic to the U.S. (whether because it is cheaper to do
so, U.S. traffic is a bigger draw, or the U.S. telephony infrastructure and
price structure causes the U.S. to be attractive for Asia - Europe transit)
then GSL has to price accordingly. Sprintlink, being primarily focused on
the U.S. domestic market has a much easier time with underlying costs and
customer concentration. Their terrestrial fiber (as Peter L. pointed out)
makes it so.

Americans tend to forget that Europe has a larger population and more
money than the US; these basic facts are not going to let the current
large imbalances persist.

The imbalances will fade when and if Europe takes its huge population and
bigger bucks (marks, pounds,francs,ecus) and wields them like one economy,
not a dozen. What drove the U.S.centric model in the first place wasn't lack
of European peering, it was that, way back when, It was cheaper to get to
Paris (or name your city in Europe) via Washington than straight on.

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