[Asterisk-Dev] Anyone interested in sharing PRI/T1 capacity in US (Virginia)?

StormServer Internet admin at stormserver.net
Sat Mar 29 19:03:01 MST 2003

I can help answer some of your questions. I was just about to do something like this when my funding went down the toilet.

Let me know when you want to get together and talk.

Kris Cote
Director of Internet Engineering
StormServer Internet
admin at stormserver.net

"Canada's only BroadBand Phone Company"

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Steve Radich 
  To: asterisk-dev at lists.digium.com 
  Sent: Saturday, March 29, 2003 6:28 PM
  Subject: Re: [Asterisk-Dev] Anyone interested in sharing PRI/T1 capacity in US (Virginia)?

  I got quite a few responses; I'm going to just reply to the list for now as I'll be quite busy until about mid next week.

  Our business in colo (really managed NT web servers more than colo) so this is outside the scope of what we do "officially".  I'm open to either doing this on an informal relationship with some kind of term commitment from the partners (as we'll need to sign term commits on any capacity of lines, being 24 to a T1 and that's more than we need ourselves) or a more formal business relationship (i.e. profitable and support as well as SLA instead of an informal relationship, but support is probably better left to Digium than BitShop for Asterisk today).  

  I'm open to suggestions from anyone on how to do this.  It looks like our costs come out to around $15/month per line if I'm not mistaken + cost of minutes. Bandwidth charges are probably not measurable amount.  I don't have quotes yet on DID (?) numbers which I assume people will need instead of dialing into our number <grin>.  I also don't fully understand how local calls work - do you pay per minute like long distance - One of our needs is local for cell phones? 

  I see this as more a grass-roots effort to help the Asterisk community more than a profit center; eventually we may want to turn this into profit for end users (otherwise we'd go broke if we didn't think about profits from time to time). 

  If anyone interested in this has some time to bring me up to speed on what the various T1/PRI differences are, and what kind of services we need to ask the phone company for a quote on I'm open to their feedback - I haven't had time yet to figure out exactly what we need in order to get a quote.  If someone has an idea of who to talk to in order to order a voice T1 please let me know.  I know AT&T, Deutsche Telecom, France Telecom, Japan Telecom, Qwest, RCN, SBC, SingTel (Singapore Telecom), Sprint, Teleglobe, Verizon, Ameritech, Cavalier Telecom, Cambrian Communications, Dominion Telecom, Dynegy, Global Crossing, Pacific Bell, Time Warner Telecom, Williams are all on-net in the facility our data center is in, I don't know if they offer voice here though and don't have contacts at most of these.  As you can guess from this list of some of the vendors in our data center we're in a huge mega-colocation facility on the east coast.

  Probably what would work best is meeting either online via IRC / AIM or just talking on the phone to go over this.  If everyone wants to set a time I can sign into the Asterisk IRC room to discuss this one night this coming week - Maybe Thursday around 9pm EST (Just a suggestion, whenever is fine really).

  Steve Radich - Colocation / Virtual Dedicated / Dedicated Servers 
  BitShop, Inc. - http://www.bitshop.com - $149/month colo special

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