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Call it the telecommunications ‘tipping point’

Founder of ISP ILAP says organizations opting to pick services, not carriers

September 1, 2010  

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The days of organizations relying on a single carrier for all of their telecommunications needs have vanished and are gone forever, says Tristan Goguen, founder and CEO of Internet Light And Power (ILAP), a Toronto Internet Service Provider.

“Going back in time, there really was only one telecommunication provider to speak of,” he says. “But today, there are many carriers and each year, more throwing their hat into the ring. Therefore, there is more choice. The key trend we are seeing is that business clients are starting to learn how to pick services, rather than pick carriers.

“Today, I have lost count with how many carriers we are cross-connected with. I don’t care because we continually add more and more.”

Goguen, who started the firm in 1995, says the telecommunications industry is at a tipping point.

ILAP has created a type of superstore that allows its corporate clients to pick and choose both services and carriers.

“Past ways to connect to the Internet were akin to tin cans with string in between,” says the company founder. “That’s not the case today and as we go along, it’s continuously improving. The key determinates are speed and reliability.

“From a cost per mile perspective, the cost of bandwidth is continually dropping. Today, we have an informational super highway in which anyone can connect to anything.”

That means, for example, says Goguen, being able to monitor furnace utilization temperature settings in a building from another location or having an x-ray taken in one part of the country being viewed almost instantaneously by a doctor at a hospital thousands of miles away.

“One of the challenges that the old school telecom companies have is that they tend to deliver redundancy through their own infrastructure,” he says. “We collect telecommunication products from different providers and deliver services over multiple local loop providers.”

The ILAP Network QUB, for example, is designed to eliminate downtime by combining it with any number of local loops.

According to the company most network failures occur due to local loop issues. QUB redundant circuits and routers make it possible to tap into telco, wireless, hydro and dark fiber local loops, ILAP says, and in doing so eliminate failures by building in the “highest” level of redundancy possible.