Cisco Open Transit Network

https://newsroom.cisco.com/press-release-content?type=webcontent&articleId=1923621

Cisco announced that it is collaborating with Orange on the modernization and expansion of Orange’s Open Transit Internet (OTI) service. This initiative offers Orange Group the chance to expand its network in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, with reduced operational complexity and increased capacity using the new generation of routers on its OTI service. The resulting increase in network efficiency will improve service for Orange customers and manage the exponential increase in Internet traffic across the network.

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MTIN announces updated Indianapolis bandwidth pricing

MTIN would like to announce updated bandwidth pricing for connectivity at the following locations in Indianapolis Indiana
733 West Henry Street
401 North Shadeland
701 West Henry *
731 West Henry*

Single Carrier Bandwidth
as low as $.17 per meg

Blended BGP
Multi-carrier blend + CDNS + IX routes
As low as $.25 per meg

-Commit Levels as low as 50 megs
-95th percentile billing available
-Cross-connects as low as $50 per month
-Bandwidth options include Cogent, Hurricane Electric, MidWest-IX, and many others

*extended cross-connect fees may apply to these locations

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Justin @ WISPAMERICA

I will be attending WISPAMERICA next week.

I will be a panelist on the Transitioning from a bridged to a routed network on Monday from 2:15-3:15
I will be moderating the Layering Redundancy across the network on Monday from 3:45-4:45
On Thursday I will be a panelist on Advanced BGP from 2:15-3:15

You can find me hanging around the Cambium Networks booth as a Certified Cambium Consultant offering free consultation for folks looking to integrate cambium into their network.  If you don’t see me just ask one of the Cambium team members to point me out.

I will also be happy to talk about peering with MidWest-IX and general ISP consulting as well.

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MTIN announces the support crate plan

Are you a WISP who needs just a little help now and then? Need a sanity check on configuration changes? Need someone who knows your network enough to say whether you need that most recent software upgrade?  Don’t have a big budget for the occasional issue? Need peace of mind you can call someone who won’t break the bank on a simple question? MTIN has a solution for you.

We are calling this the “Supply Drop Plan”. it’s designed for the WISP who needs someone who knows their network and their business for occasional questions outside of their comfort zone.  It consists of the following:
-2 Hours of consulting time a month.
-Reasonable amount of e-mail questions
-Be put on our e-mail notification list of relevant information
$89 a month.

Details
-Access to MTIN via phone during business hours or pre-arranged time (24 hour notice).
-e-mail questions tracked via a ticket system with a maximum of 24 hour response.  Most of the time same day.
-1 year contract

Just some things you can do with your two hours
-Have our engineers look at any new configurations you want to implement
-Unbiased advice on what equipment to order
-Help source equipment for wireless deployments on towers
-Make recommendations on upgrades
-Do audits on things like upstream providers, etc.

What’s not included
-Emergency support (we have plans for that). Emergency support is available but at non-contract rates on a first come first serve basis.
-Additional hours can be purchased on an as-needed basis.  Please note without an hourly block you will be first come first serve.
-Phone calls after hours must be pre-arranged. We can accommodate your schedule. Otherwise, support will be billed at after hours rates.

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MTIN introduces domain monitoring service

Do you have your own web domain name? If so, you may know how much of a complex procedure it can be to keep on top of expiration, fighting hijack attempts, and make sure your contact information is up-to-date.

MTIN.NET now has the solution for you. For $15 per year we will monitor up to 3 domains for things like:

-Hijack attempts
-Notifications of expiration
-Registration services
-Keeping your information secure
-Optimization and compliance issues

Let MTIN’s seasoned professionals make quick work of getting your domains secured and complaint manner. Contact us today for details on this service.

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Tale from the Data Center

So, I have an very heartwarming story today related to the WISP industry.

So this started back in March.  A client was having issues with a circuit.  The transport provider had so many fails in troubleshooting the issue from the start. First, the tech from the transport company did not have the tools he needed (we found this out 12 hours later) and could not troubleshoot the problem properly.   Secondly, the Transport company (okay let’s just call them Zayo from now on) had little to no documentation on this issue.

So after 12 hours of back and forth troubleshooting the transport provider finally sends a tech out.  The tech gets on site, and is told he should be in another location because they finally found a problem on the switch port. If the tech would have had the proper tools this process wouldn’t have taken 12 hours.   But that’s another story

So, and here is part one of the heartwarming part, the problem is determined to be a cross connect at the data center.  I call Eric Rogers​ at 3AM and he is at the data center at 4am tracking down the problem with the backbone provider.  The problem ends up being a loose jumper inside the Backbone providers  cabinet.  It seems about the time the circuit started having issues someone from Zayo was inside the patch panel doing work.  The knocked the jumper loose and when it was opened back up it just kinda fell out. A simple plug in and it was fixed.  It shouldn’t have taken 12 hours to fix, but thats not the end of the story.

Fast forward to a few weeks ago.  Keep in mind the above happened in March.  It’s now September.  Zayo sends the client a substantial bill for their techs time that night saying it was a cross connect issue and not a Zayo issue. There are threats to turn off the services if this outrageous bill, which was their fault to begin with, is not paid.  So, here is where heartwarming part #2 come in.  Eric Rogers takes time out of his very busy day to write a letter detailing what he saw that night, and what the problems were.  After submitting the letter to Zayo the client has received word from Zayo they have credited the account.   In the provider world this is as close to a win as you get.

So, it’s thanks to guys like Rick Harnish​ who have fostered the willingness to work together which has made situations like this possible.  Not only did Eric get up at 3AM to help another WISP out, but he took the time to put words to paper to help correct a resulting bad call. We could go over all the fails in this issue, but the wins are what makes it great!

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MTIN WISPA Announcement

MTIN would like to announce some exciting new services for ISPs and network operators

The first is Midwest Internet Exchange ( www.midwest-ix.com )

MidWest-IX has created a peering fabric we are expanding to data centers focused on the needs of WISPs and network operators such as yourself. Peering can be a valuable, and cost-effective solution for your ISP. MidWest-IX has created a solution based around those needs.

We are tailoring and providing these services to the WISP community as a way of making everyone stronger. WISP operators need advantages. MidWest-IX can provide lower latency to content providers such as Netflix. MidWest-IX can cut down on transit costs through peering. We are also creating an ever-growing marketplace for members to provide redundancy, market goods and services to each other, and create a WISP peering cloud. We have many more benefits of an exchange listed at: http://www.midwest-ix.com/benefits.html

We have exchange services available at:

350 East Cermak Chicago Illinois
733 West Henry Street Indianapolis Indiana
401 North Shadeland, Indianapolis Indiana
900 Walnut St. Louis Missouri
535 Scherers Court Columbus, Ohio

If you are a WISP in Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, or Missouri contact us on how we can leverage the exchange to help your business. Other locations planned for 2015.

Our next announcement includes services in several Data Centers.

MTIN in cooperation with Midwest Internet Exchange (M-IX) offers co-Location, bandwidth, peering, transport, and managed services.

Do you have a need for circuit termination, server/router space, or peering in any of the above locations? Let us put together a managed solution for you. MTIN can handle the ins and outs of cross-connects, facilitating ports to the exchange fabric, and other data center needs. A data center can be an intimidating thing. Let us take the guesswork out of it for you.

Services Include
-Bandwidth (let our experts provide unique and out-of-the-box solutions)
-Transport
-Cross connects and cable landings
-Off-site backup and DR
-Co-location (TierIV and basic Co-location)
-Connections to 3rd Party networks such as Internet2
-BGP Peering

MTIN provides xISP consulting and backend solutions. BGP, OSPF, routing, DNS, network engineering, and other services. Talk to us how we can put together a complete solution to optimize your network. Our Engineers can design a cost-efficte solution that fits you and your needs.

Contact us:

Web: www.mtin.net
Web: www.midwest-ix.com
e-mail: support@mtin.net
Tel: 317.644.2224

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