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12/5/2012 | 12:56:24 AM
re: Tellium Lawsuits Allege Rigged IPO
Well, having been at Bellcore when the folks went to start Tellium, there's a lot I could say about this company that had such an illustrious beginning, and that has had some of the industries' absolute best folks. (And I still put Krishna Bala and the other CTO-group folks in that category...)

But anyway, the critical issue here is...

"But I think that both parties knew that this was disingenuous, given that the Tellium switch lacked STS-1 grooming."

This is not necessarily true. STS-1-level grooming is a 'relic' of the circuit-switched era. If Qwest can show that they truly intended to build out a large "IP over Optical" network, then it could easily be argued that Qwest did intend to buy lot of the Tellium switches.

Don't get me wrong...it's not like I don't believe there's all sorts of dirt on this relationship. Why these stock deals to carrier CEOs was ever allowed or legal I can't imagine...perhaps we believed the old lie about "letting the market sort out all the problems"...?

But the Tellium switch was created precisely to sit in networks where circuit switching was on the way out. It was a good, focused pure-play that could have done well in another universe. I sincerely hope that it can survive in some form or another, and maintain the technical- and thought-leadership it has maintained until today.
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12/5/2012 | 12:56:13 AM
re: Tellium Lawsuits Allege Rigged IPO
The interesting thing is that none of the mentioned, or not mentioned for that matter, execs are currently still at Qwest. Not to metion that of the technical people at Qwest have spent the last two plus years trying to figure out where to put the Tellium switches into their network. They didn't need them then and they don't need them now. The idea of a planned IP based network has never been there. I do understand that the contract has been renegotiated. But that is the case with all of Qwest's vendors.

I guess this helps explain why Notebart only wants to deploy equipment from vendors he already has stock in.

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12/5/2012 | 12:56:05 AM
re: Tellium Lawsuits Allege Rigged IPO
For all of the next generation Tellium companies with a reduced staff of less than 200, just missing the same IPO type of deal with Qwest, there is a second chance. There are many cities in the world requiring a next generation Golden Gate bridge which is more dense and compact and saves lots of money when economic analysis and creative capital recovery computations are presented. Wagging the dog never looked better. Still need to get the new-bridge (no pun intended) out of the labs however:

http://www.lightreading.com/bo...
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12/5/2012 | 12:56:02 AM
re: Tellium Lawsuits Allege Rigged IPO
Read this post and the referenced one. This is what Bobby Max was trying to be but never could!

Amusing posts, seeds-to-weeds. Kinda rings a bell...
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12/5/2012 | 12:55:27 AM
re: Tellium Lawsuits Allege Rigged IPO
The relationship between Nachio of Qwest and Tellium appears to be scandlous. Mr. Nachio should not have accepted Tellium stocks in exchange for his promise to buy Tellium. Any time an RBOC buys a product from a company, it considerably enhances the marketability of its products.

This is so bizzare that a Grand Jury should investigate Mr. Nachio and Tellium.

The number of lawsuits against Tellium are rather numerous. This is not very conducive to do business with other companies.


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