At 10:49 p.m. 28/12/2003 +1300, Tony Wicks wrote:
info-structure. You go try and price up digging a
trench (and getting
approval for it!) from Auckland to Wellington, then come back and tell us
how cheap you think your "kick ass" network will be.
$40million - it used to be $30m but time has made it a little more
expensive. Route and technolgy don't influence much, they all work out the
same. CHeck what TCL paid for their festoon, its about the same.
but don't despair. 2 years ago I went and talked with one of our customers,
a financial place, with a BIG national network and said "for $1Mill install
and $1mill per year opex, I'll give you a fiber to AKL" - they threw me out.
I also needed 19 of their friends but I knew who they were/are. Its NOT
hard, I just haven't had time.
So a year ago I went back and said "Why ?"
And they said "coz we have built all our networks on the assumption you
couldn't do it, and no one else will sell it to us." The market is still
there and the two major telcos are just holding it back. (Joe can confirm
that renting a transcontinental fiber in the US is not unusual)
So we talked some more (the $1M is a little steep for them) and I haven't
got anywhere yet. But Roger has and I believe he'll give them what they
want. I believe we'll see large fiber count cables providing inter-city
links within the next 10 years. But you have to think completely differently
BIG fiber counts
NO regenerators (there are other ways)