Rochester, NY is 6-7 hours from New York City but we still received the effects of Hurricane Sandy. Though not nearly as devastating, we were hit with wind and rain that took down power for about 48 hours. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone that is still digging out from the storm.
The article below illustrates the high quality of technology equipment we are currently using and the amount of force it can withstand. It is truly amazing the damage that was caused by this natural disaster. It is more amazing the minimal amount of damage that was done to the telecom infrastructure.
“Yesterday it was about what broke, today let it be about what didn’t. When Sandy tore through the MidAtlantic as the largest such storm on record, it could have been much, much worse for fiber, copper, wireless, cloud, and content.
With all the power outages, the only data centers we seem to have lost were the ones whose basements were filled by the storm surge in lower Manhattan and thus lost their backup generators. Of course, there were some hiccups elsewhere and we could still lose more if the diesel doesn’t get delivered soon enough or the power feeds don’t come back up. But by and large it’s amazing just how much worked the way it was supposed to.
Backbone networks appeared to be largely unaffected. Diverse routing kicked in where needed, and carriers largely prepared this one away. Of course, everyone has a PoP or two in NYC under water are under water. But hey, storm surges destroy everything. Except, apparently, landing stations. The various transatlantic cables that land on Long Island and the New Jersey coast seem to have weathered the storm without much fuss, at least that we know of yet.
On the wireless side, the media will focus on the fact that 1/4 of all towers across 10 states were knocked offline. But hey, it was a hurricane and 3/4 of all towers stayed up despite the winds, and there is more coverage than there is non-coverage.
Cable networks did fine, so long as customers had the power to use them, and landlines have held up pretty well too. 911 service has been stretched of course, but it also has largely done what it is supposed to do. The big problem really is the power infrastructure, which really got nailed.
So congrats to all the network engineers and field technicians and risk management guys and the rest out there in telecom and internet infrastructure. Given the size of the storm and the overall devastation it caused, it’s actually quite impressive how well the region’s telecommunications infrastructure has held up. Hopefully my house did as well.”
October 31st, 2012 by Robert Powell
I thought this was an interesting article:
Following Clearwire’s balance sheet moves over the winter, Sprint’s ownership stake in the company has fallen below the 50% threshold. The company says, therefore, it is reclaiming its full voting rights since it is no longer at risk of having a Clearwire default trigger on its own debt.
Since Sprint and Clearwire’s plans are mostly aligned right now, Sprint’s move today probably doesn’t foretell any dramatic shifts. Clearwire is now laying the groundwork for its transition from WiMAX to LTE technology, which will start coming online next year. When it comes online, it will help power the overall Sprint LTE effort under a long term agreement. Clearwire is still sitting on a gold mine of spectrum — you know, that stuff we have an ongoing ‘crisis’ about.
With LightSquared out of the picture and Clearwire’s activities currently in the background, it is looking like our real chance for news that doesn’t involve AT&T and Verizon jousting with the FCC over more spectrum is T-Mobile USA. It’s still not clear just how the US arm of the German giant is going to go about its own transformation.
#1: The secondary market is NOT the same as the gray market.
Truth is, the two markets are vastly different. Most reputable surplus and pre-owned network equipment sellers have more stringent practices in place to detect black market and counterfeit goods than most original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), value-added resellers, and distributors. Since packaging is not a reliable way to judge authenticity, the best secondary marketers conduct extensive tests on all resold equipment to prove legitimacy. In addition to these high standards, top providers in the secondary market work closely with law enforcement to eradicate counterfeit equipment.
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Reputable marketers of surplus and pre-owned network equipment do not sell their goods “as is”. All products are fully refurbished to ensure that they’re as close to original condition as possible—and in many cases, they’re better than new. Buyers should only deal with alternate equipment sources that have a proven track record for longevity, financial stability, and reputable business practices.
#3: The equipment you need IS available from other sources than the OEM.
More surplus and pre-owned network equipment is available today than ever before. Top providers in the secondary market maintain extensive inventories of the most popular networking equipment. This means the vast majority of requests can be filled on the spot. If not, these providers have extensive contacts, enabling them to fulfill requests within days. By contrast, it often takes weeks or months to secure new equipment from manufacturers.
#4: Third-party components are NOT necessarily inferior.
Third-party components can be effective replacements for original equipment. For example, Cisco buys its memory from NEC, Samsung, and other third parties, rather than the product manufacturer. The memory does not carry a Cisco logo, even when it’s resold, so identical items are available directly from the memory manufacturer. Purchasing accessories such as memory directly from a third-party source may reduce costs as much as 80 percent. A knowledgeable secondary market provider can help you identify these opportunities, while ensuring that all third-party components are, in fact, high-quality equipment.
#5: You CAN get robust protection for used equipment.
In fact, here at PICS Telecom International, we introduced the industry’s first standard, one-year overnight replacement warranty on every equipment purchase. Since then, many others in the secondary market have followed suit—often surpassing the warranties offered by many OEMs.
#6: You CAN get great technical support from pre-owned suppliers.
Leading suppliers of pre-owned equipment offer both pre- and post-sale technical support from certified technicians. In most cases, these experts test up to 100 pieces of networking gear each day, giving them more real-world experience than most technical support specialists from OEMs.
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April 25, 2012– PICS Telecom International Ltd, a leading supplier of new and used surplus telecommunications and data equipment, announced the revamp of their company website. The new website has a contemporary look and allows increased interaction with customers.
PICS Telecom is the first in their industry to have a mobile site. “Our world is driven by smartphones and we want to ensure our customers can visit our website in the office or on the road. The mobile site allows customers to learn about our services, connect with their sales executives and learn about upcoming products,” said Robert Akins, VP of Sales.
In an effort to make it easier to do business with PICS Telecom, the new web site has a number of ways to provide information about the company and our products. The website allows customers to contact their sales executives directly, request a quote, search for products and view a video of the operations. Now you can see who you do business with and the company itself. To visit the website, please go to www.picstelecom.com. To visit the mobile site, please go to http://www.m.picstelecom.com
About PICS Telecom International
PICS Telecom International is the telecommunications industry’s leading provider of new and used surplus telecom and data equipment, reverse logistics, and investment recovery services. The Company sources its product from more than 120 carrier partners around the world, helping them manage and recover the value of their surplus equipment with world-class asset management programs. These extensive relationships enable PICS to offer the widest selection of high-quality surplus equipment to the telecommunications industry. Founded in 1992, and with a strong operating presence in North America, South America, EMEA and Asia-Pacific, the company is the premier resource for companies that need to save money on their purchases of telecom and data equipment or generate a better return on the sale of surplus or idle assets. For more information visit the Company’s website at http://www.picstelecom.com.