Been some celebrations recently over ethernet. Going from 10Mbps to
100Gbps over 40 years.
You might find it interesting reading. The call for participation in
400Gbps ethernet was made about a year ago.
Interesting points (other than the historical stuff)
+ 10G NICs will surpass 1G in 2015. Interesting to see fall of 100Mbps.
+ Graph showing ATM fall off and rise of ethernet in Telco cores.
Hilarious from my point of view. The first switch at CityLink was a
dual ethernet/ATM one. We never had much of an ATM network because we
couldn't afford the second switch ! A shareholder did loan us two,
but they were multi-mode fiber and so wasn't much use. No customers
wanted ATM due to the cost.
None of the telcos took us seriously because we used ethernet. About
6 or 7 years later both Telecom and Clear developed ethernet products.
Occasionally we showed people our pole mounted ethernet switches,
running PoE, but no one really understood it. James Watts in PNN did
and ran some of it. Cheaper fiber replaced it. We also had pole
mounted Linux routers that we used for WiF point to point links. Another story.