100G, 200G, 400G: Internet’s core is getting fatter to meet our tech planet’s bandwidth demand

8 thoughts on “100G, 200G, 400G: Internet’s core is getting fatter to meet our tech planet’s bandwidth demand”

  1. Very much looking forward to this. Every increase in bandwidth has brought an entire new class of applications and services – which then, oddly enough, fill the pipe until it needs to be expanded again. Such is the vicious cycle of technology. 🙂

    Also, by my calculations based on previous rate changes to my wireless plans with each increase in “G” speed, I’m estimating my mobile bill at 400G will be approximately $2,500 per month. …I’m just putting that prediction out there, FYI.

  2. Om,
    Did you blow off XO Communications on purpose? XO was actually the first with 100G fiber connectivity to the continental US. The stats below are almost 2 years old, and they’ve only grown from there.

    85 major metropolitan markets across United States
    -Global service delivery to 50+ countries on 5 continents
    -3,300 on-net buildings
    -Ethernet access to hundreds of thousands business locations

    -Tier 1 IP network
    -Built using advanced IP and optical technology from Ciena, Cisco, Infinera and Juniper Networks
    -19,000 route mile inter-city miles
    -1 million metro fiber miles
    -Fixed wireless spectrum in 80 major metropolitan markets

  3. Great article Om! Just wanted to add that Bandwidth won’t fix the entire problem. The internet is still an unreliable network, so running on a global content delivery network with points of presence throughout the world ensures availability, speed and reliability. CDNetworks takes into account ISP peering issues (especially in China) and locates PoPs strategically to overcome those issues.

    1. Awesome Link. The biggest part about the whole 100gb craze is making it cheap by making it a standard. They want this speed to be as simple as buying some Ethernet ports, not some exotic custom hardware.

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