Gigabit National Data Grid

Rohit Khare (
Wed, 16 Jul 1997 12:33:45 -0400

I was reading about an audacious new 275,000 km undersea fiber internet
effort at which pointed to a paper by Raj Reddy at:


PS. _Iridium_ won best new technology at Comdex according to Byte. What
could ever explain that, Dan? :-) I assume it was only because they had a
booth and their competitors did not.


The main thesis of this paper is that the creation of a Gigabit National
Data Grid with Fiber-to-the-Home is the only solution that permits a user
to get gigabit data rates to home at affordable rates in the foreseeable
future. This paper provides the rationale, cost models, revenue models, and
action items in support of this proposal. Based on this analysis, it
appears that the return on investment would be substantial even if only 10%
of the Internet users were to subscribe to the GNDG/FTTH at costs much
lower than the current T1 rates. Specifically, it appears that such a
network can deliver gigabit-to-home service for something like the current
cost of ISDN (about $50/month)!


CTR Group Ltd., based in New Jersey, USA, is a startup company specializing
in building infrastructure for the Internet on a global basis. Its first
such effort is Project Oxygen, a US$14 billion "Super-Internet" based on a
complex web of 275,000 km of mainly undersea optical fiber cable, with 262
landing points in 175 countries and locations.

Rohit Khare /// MCI Internet Architecture (BOS) ///
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