Cringely Wants To Save The Smart Network

from the good-luck-with-that-plan dept

Robert Cringely's latest column is all about trashing the telcos for actually recognizing the future and doing crazy things like building an all IP fiber network. His argument is that the circuit-switched networks are already built and paid for (which has been the argument the telcos have made all along) and there's simply no reason to throw that away. He brushes off the issue of competition (which is what's forcing the telcos to finally get moving), as if that's a minor issue to deal with. Instead, he comes up with a convoluted plan to give people all the bandwidth he thinks they need over a circuit-switched network, assuming that the biggest bandwidth issue anyone needs is the ability to see video over the network. Apparently, he doesn't think that applications are going to advance to the point where they need more bandwidth, which is incredibly short-sighted. There are, in fact, some make a very convincing case that even the RBOC's fiber plans will leave them far short of the amount of bandwidth they're going to need in the future. Obviously, if there are ways to make good use of the existing circuit-switched network, the RBOCs should go for it -- but to ignore where the world is heading is simply asking for disaster. It's like telling the horse and buggy makers that instead of figuring out how to make automobiles, they should keep their existing offering going, and work on ways to make horses run faster to better compete with cars. Sure, if they can pull it off, it may keep the old system relevant a little longer, but it's tough to do, and they'll still eventually be left in the dust.
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    Anonymous Coward, 25 Jun 2004 @ 11:52am

    Re: Cringely's column on circuit switching

    Very interesting theory/concept Espen !

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