It was part of an innovators' panel convened by Heavy Reading analyst Stan Hubbard, who by night fights crime (and latency) as Etherman. The panel also included good talks from tw telecom inc. (Nasdaq: TWTC) and Verizon Enterprise Solutions , but I'm singling out AT&T for a couple of details from Richard Klapman, AT&T's director of Ethernet access product management, that I found compelling.
- AT&T is talking to Ethernet exchanges but hasn't joined one yet. That could be a coup someday for CENX Inc. , Equinix Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), Neutral Tandem Inc. (Nasdaq: TNDM), Telx Group Inc. , or whoever else is getting into this business.
- AT&T is offering 40Gbit/s services on a customized basis. Klapman implied AT&T will be automating this service, but do they have to? Would a 100Gbit/s service be a more important long-term offering?
- The company used to have two different types of metro Ethernet, presumably a byproduct of all the mergers it's done. That's been converged into one metro Ethernet on one backbone. Hey, convergence actually happens!
— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading
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