AT&T’s “Transformation” Begs Disbelief

September, 2015

In general, AT&T is a competent service provider with the most established brand in the industry, and thus, no manager needs to fear ever getting fired for selecting the company over other competitors. At the same time, no other carrier in the world is close to being as encumbered on such a large scale with so many layers of antiquated technology that it actually cannot even come close to pinpointing the myriad possibilities for a major crash of services with an aggressive “Network on Demand” transition. While AT&T can do workarounds with virtualization to some extent, we doubt that executives at companies like Verizon, CenturyLink, Level 3 Communications, and Zayo Group are losing any sleep over a firm, which has not historically been inclined to be a mover and a shaker. AT&T certainly has been actively promoting itself as a new company and some people in the press and at...

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Submarine Festoons Needed in US

November, 2016

Although undersea festoon networks can be found in many parts of the world, one would be hard-pressed to locate a single case in the States. From the perspectives of lower cost, speedier and simpler deployment, as well as indiscernible environmental impact, they should be a slam dunk. Nevertheless, for many years, the permission that is necessary from the various individual localities (all with different requirements) along with the studies that are demanded on both the west and east coasts of the country have made the otherwise practical usage of festoon applications cost-prohibitive, especially given the relatively short distances of the loops in this kind of an infrastructure. It is just one more example of how governmental bodies along with extremists on the environment get in the way of technological progress. In addressing the relatively small number of influential people in the...

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