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Toronto, ON
reply to sbrook

Re: Dear Marc...

So will switching to aggregated stop congestion during peak hours?

Kitchener, ON
·TekSavvy Cable

It very well could depending on the type of congestion as the the aggregated links are purchased 10gbps at a time I believe. This creates a far larger pool of potential connectivity for the traffic to go through.

If you are encountering congestion at the local node level that is dependent on Rogers upgrading those areas, doing a node split, or you using a D3 modem.

TSI Marc
Chatham, ON
reply to Dones

said by Dones:

So will switching to aggregated stop congestion during peak hours?

The short answer is a definite *no*.

Congestion can happen at many levels.. to the degree that we have enough capacity at the POIs and at our data-center.. any congestion you might have would be at a lower level.

If we were aggregated, the same would still be true except that the capacity at the POIs would not be managed by us anymore...

The only benefit I can see is that by not having to manage the capacity at the POIs, we no longer have to worry about single gig links.. and only the big 10gig links at our data-center. That reduces the amount of work we need to do.. all we would need to do is to say we want to use 5gig out of the 10gig link and they would bump up the ceiling.. and that would be that. internally they would worry about the rest...

the flip side to that though is that we would then be measured and billed at their capacity based billing rate approved by the CRTC late last year... today, to flip over (assuming we didn't have all these contracts for the gig links at the POIs that each have multi year commitments to them that we would have to pay to get out of) would be more expensive on day one. In a year from now, it would be a lot more expensive.

Think about that. we're paying full retail rate now for those links. to convert, we would pay more. that means we'd be paying more than full retail rate... and other incumbents are way higher then them still... just goes to show how obscene those rates are.

...so, no. all aggregated is really doing is taking away responsibility from us and putting it on the incumbent to manage that part of the network. oddly enough, the CRTC wants us to take more responsibility.. but that's another story too.

does that answer your question?
Marc - CEO/TekSavvy