Build vs. Buy: The NREN Network Connectivity Dilemma: About Building Research & Education Fibre Networks
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National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) typically have the need for interconnecting multiple universities and for off-campus access to connect to telecommunications submarine landing points for the purpose of connecting to other NREN networks such as GÉANT and Internet2 and for access to wholesale commodity internet service providers. As universities and researchers drive the speed requirements for access networks above 1GigE to 10GigE and beyond, NRENs are faced with the decision leasing multiple high bandwidth network connections from carriers or building their own fibre optic network. NRENs that require large capacity network connectivity at a low cost of ownership are now considering building their own fibre networks. This paper and presentation will examine the options for NRENs and provide a step-by-step implementation plan for what is required to build, operate and maintain a fibre network. The presentation will review and feature input from representatives the from the NREN and university community as well as an industry representative that have actual experience in deploying networks in the United States and around the world. Discussion topics to include: • What are the business model options for acquiring dark fibre? • What is the payback model for a build versus buy strategy? • How does a NREN get started deploying a fibre network? • What are potential sources for seed capital funding • Learn how incremental cost per Mbps of bandwidth is impacted (i.e. market based cost versus incremental cost)? • How is network reliability impacted once a fibre network is deployed? Obligatory Abstract Elements: Purpose – By writing this paper, I hope to provide emerging NRENs with information on how to evaluate business case parameters and practical experience findings involved in making a decision on migrating from using carrier based bandwidth services to building, operating and maintaining a private fibre network. Design – I plan to provide information that has been developed from personal professional experience as well as data gathered from being part of the research and education community for over ten years, both as a member and as a vendor serving the community. Findings – It is my intention to provide emerging NRENs with a beginner’s cookbook for developing a high bandwidth private fibre network for research and education. Value – This paper should provide emerging NRENs with a “lessons learned” document to refer to when implementing a private fibre network.