- Network operators are competing with enterprise technology for value-added services.
- Enterprises, being more nimble, can bring up new services faster regardless of their service provider.
One day in 1994, I called my local telephone company about getting a foreign exchange line to a nearby city so that I could stop paying local long distance. I was told the install would cost $1,500 and the monthly charge was $500. I asked why it was so expensive, and the representative said that the prices covered the cost to run the line 30 miles and a monthly right-of-way rental. My next question – “Can I see the crew run the line and do I get to keep it when I am done?” – was met with silence and then a “no.” That was my first run-in with the rigid IT and archaic processes at a large telco, and it illustrates a problem IT faces today. Continue reading “Overlay Networks Are the Answer to Slow-Moving Service Provider WANs”