The IEEE has just ratified the 100GigE standard. We all knew it was coming. It was foretold. I’m not that excited though. I doubt that many people are because 100GigE is currently in the domain of the few. Not many networks have enough traffic to merit using it.
What I am excited about is our own plans to roll out 10GigE across our core network. For me this is a big step forward. Having started an ISP 5 years ago with a 1Gig core it is quite a momentous event. It is being driven by the amount of high speed Ethernet connections being sold to businesses in the UK. There is literally an explosion of them. I have more bandwidth orders in provisioning for the next three months than sold in the previous 5 years.
We are in the UK, I believe, currently seeing a new wave of connectivity in the same way that broadband has grown over the past few years. Broadband has levelled off but in the business world there is a hunger for faster and more reliable connections.
For us the 10Gig investment actually gives us up to 40Gig of capacity and represented a major board level decision. This is not a low cost play. The decison on where to spend valuable capital is sometimes a gamble, albeit one based on careful research. I don’t think this one is such a risk. There is a lot of business out there. You just have to have the right funds to buy into the game.