Cogent's Quality isn't inferior I too work for a content provider in SoCal, and we purchased Cogent primarily for non critical replication traffic. However, after evaluating their network for several months, we found their network to in many (most) cases to be faster and lower latency than many Tier 1 providers (AT&T, Level3 etc).
The one thing Cogent could work on is communication. They had to have known this was coming, and rather than notifying existing customers, they ramp up their sales staff to give free circuits to Sprint customers, which I believe will ultimately benefit Cogent.
Cogent's network isn't inferior by any means. It's a simple network that has very good uptime (as good or better than our Tier 1 providers), and they're constantly pushing lower rates. They're a good company for pushing lower rates, which is drastically needed as company's continue increasing capacity to meet the growing demand on the internet.
Sprint is absolutely crazy pulling this without notifying customers. We have portions of our network that are only accesible via Cogent, and our Sprint wireless phones can no longer access them. We're in the process of dumping all of our Sprint wireless accounts and moving to an alternate provider.
Los Angeles, CA
i'll second this! i had a gigabit drop at One Wilshire from cogent for 24 months and NEVER EVER EVER had a single problem.
I also had a T1, and a 10mbit Ethernet Handoff/Colo in their Milwaukee POP.
While the network was rock solid when I was with them, I would not recommend Colocating in their Milwaukee POP. Residential Lockbox on the door was the extent of the facility's security, and being 3 years since I stopped my service, took a trip over to the pop out of curosity to see if they increased security their, and the password on the box has not changed
But once again, network was ROCK SOLID!
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Re: Cogent's Quality is inferior No matter how many Cogent fanboys POP up THEY STILL SUCK....
Thats the bottom line, TELL COGENT TO pay there bills and non of this would happened...
and yes the 2 people that like Cogent out of the 300 million, are just crazy