Gen-I is an integrator who will probably be looking to sell you services on
Telecom's backbone, and FX is a network operator. Both Telecom and FX have
their own fibre present in AKL/WLG/CHC, same as the orange provider who
sells a product called PIP. These organizations have different approaches
to doing business.
FX is a Cisco based provider who sells Ethernet, wavelength, and dark
fiber, with their own network in two dozen or so major centres. FX spends
money by digging holes and putting cables in them, then putting moderately
priced equipment (German car price, not expensive house price) on the end
driving a handful of redundant 10gbps Ethernet links.
Gen-I/Telecom have their own fibre *everywhere* and have traffic loadings
orders of magnitude higher than FX. They have an Alcatel-Lucent
multi-service core that does all sorts of neat things, and does them well.
The gear on the ends of their cables (which are now mostly 50/50 owned with
Chorus) is house priced, and does everything. I'm sure if you needed every
13th packet set with the evil bit, it could be done.
The philosophies of network operation (provide Ethernet or provide
Everything) can lead to a pretty big difference in price. Hope this helps.
On Tue, Jun 12, 2012 at 9:55 AM, Josh Farrelly <josh(a)base-2.co.nz> wrote:
One of our customers is looking at migrating away from their current WAN
carrier and have nailed down their options to either FX Networks or Gen-i.
This is a 3 office site (AKL/WGTN/CHCH) with relatively fat PIP pipes
between all offices, and 20/30Mbps to the Internet from the AKL & WGTN
locations using carrier managed BGP devices to allow for Internet failover.
Obviously the overview of services according to the provider themselves
are understandably at least somewhat bias, but I was wondering whether
anybody from the NZNOG community has any objective views on each with
regards to reliability and performance? For example FX seems to cost
significantly less for relatively the same thing, however without
personally having a lot of experience in provider topologies I can’t
justify being able to go back to the customer vouching for either provider
Any replies, either on or off-list are appreciated.****
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