Michael Gurstein on Tue, 26 Jun 2001 21:05:21 +0200 (CEST)

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[Nettime-bold] Re: <nettime> Only 5% of laid fibre is lit in USA

Hi Tom,

I take your point, but clearly this is of most interest to the companies and
investors affected rather than the users/applications developers.  Your
comments about the need for changes in the technology business strategy for
companies like Nortel are are well taken.

My argument though, was that from an applications/user perspective (and here
in Canada from the perspective of potential government support for the
"universal access" recommendations of the National Broadband Task Force
http://www.broadband.ic.gc.ca ), the WSJ article was misleading and
potentially dangerous as it suggested a lack of interest/usefulness in the
available bandwidth, thus implying that there was no need or desire for
Broadband connectivity beyond what is currently available (in massively over
serviced urban markets).

The 5% argument has already been taken up and widely quoted in Canadian
papers to support opposition to the proposed proram.

The fact that there is redundancy in the supply is at least an artifact of
the technology (and the market) and doesn't imply anything about the
usefulness or "desireability" of the product.

Mike Gurstein

----- Original Message -----
From: <Tom_Gray@Mitel.COM>
To: "Michael Gurstein" <mgurst@vcn.bc.ca>
Cc: <nettime-l@bbs.thing.net>
Sent: Tuesday, June 26, 2001 11:34 AM
Subject: Re: <nettime> Only 5% of laid fibre is lit in USA

> From:  Tom Gray@MITEL on 06/26/2001 02:34 PM
> The amount of fibre in the ground will make a significant difference to
> manufacturers of fibre and the manufacturers of newer higher rate
> Obviously if there is a large amount of unlit fibre, there will be little
> for new fibre and fibre manufacturers will be affected.
> Additionally if there is existing fibre in the ground than the necessity
> purchase newer higher rate transmission equipment is lessened. A new 40Gig
> system will look very attractive and command premium prices if unlit fibre
> scarce. If there is more than adequate unlit fibre then older (possibly
> hand) lower rate equipment can be added as needed.  Teh effectsd on
> manufacturers are apparent.
> Equipment manufacturers will have to have an appropriate set of products
> function in this  surplus environment which is distinctly different from
> fibre shortage environment. In a fibre-surplus environment, management
> will be of greatest concern to users to allow quick deployment of
channels. if
> the fibre-shortage environment higher speed equipmet will be of greater
> interest. An unfavorable product focus may be one of the reasons for
> current difficulties.

 Michael Gurstein & Associates
Vancouver BC CANADA

(Visiting) Professor of Management
 New Jersey Institute of Technology
 Newark, NJ

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