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Re: Info on MAE-EAST
From: ahp () hilander com (Alec H. Peterson)
Date: Fri, 17 Jan 1997 01:06:16 -0500

On Jan 17, 1997, Nathan Stratton wrote:

I hope not, I have got a lot of people asking about Atlanta-NAP. I
think MFSs problem is they way they start them. I mean yes it may
take selling the first few people a gigaswitch port for next to
nothing, but it will grow after that. MFS has taken the cheap way
out to start most of the other MAEs. I think they needed to start
with Gigaswitch, UPS system, generator, and a little better
pricing. If they did that then I think other would come. The hard
part (and it is very very hard) is to get the first few people to
come, after that it is all down hill. Just look at how fast MAE-East
and MAE-West have grown, and that is with hardly any colo space at

The reason MAE-east and MAE-west have grown so much is because they
are located in areas where there is lots of traffic flowing.  The
popularity of peering points has almost nothing to do with the
interconnect costs, those are peanuts to most companies.  Why on earth
would I drag a DS3 n-thousand miles to some city that doesn't have any
traffic flowing to/from it?  I wouldn't, because it would be a waste
of money.

Also, I daresay MFS has substantially more experience in selling
access to and operating peering points than you do, as they've been
running the two biggest ones for years, and obviously haven't had any
problem whatsoever selling access to them.  The newer MAEs might not
have all that many connections into them yet, but the pricing of the
connection to the switch is not the limiting factor.  It's the tens of
thousands of dollars for the DS3/OC3 to the colo point.


|Alec Peterson - ahp () hilander com    | Erols Internet Services, INC.        |
|Network Engineer                    | Springfield, VA.                     |
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