Backbone Connectivity & Bandwidth Aggregation Studies etc

Galaxy Backbone Plc made this presentation at the ngNOG Jos Conference on 25 Nov 2006.

It should be studied in the context of the National IT Policy , and bearing in mind that the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) bill has since been signed in to law to implement the IT Policy.

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The future of bandwidth aggregation
Aggregating bandwidth doesn’t have to be limited to traditional wired Internet connections. There are products that can aggregate wireless connections, and more planned for the future. In fact, some amazing things are being done with the bandwidth aggregation concept today. Microsoft IP Ventures has made available for licensing something called Mobile Bandwidth Aggregation, which combines bandwidth from multiple cell phone signals, even those from different carriers and network types, to create one high-bandwidth Internet connection.

For a company that’s looking for scalability in connecting to the Internet, bandwidth aggregation can allow you to grow your bandwidth as your bandwidth needs grow.

Re: Backbone Connectivity & Bandwidth Aggregation Studies etc

The future of bandwidth aggregation
Aggregating bandwidth doesn’t have to be limited to traditional wired Internet connections. There are products that can aggregate wireless connections, and more planned for the future. In fact, some amazing things are being done with the bandwidth aggregation concept today. Microsoft IP Ventures has made available for licensing something called Mobile Bandwidth Aggregation, which combines bandwidth from multiple cell phone signals, even those from different carriers and network types, to create one high-bandwidth Internet connection.

For a company that’s looking for scalability in connecting to the Internet, bandwidth aggregation can allow you to grow your bandwidth as your bandwidth needs grow.

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Bandwidth aggregation solution
There are a number of companies offering aggregation solutions, usually in the form of a "load balancing router" or other network appliance. There's an appliance out there to fit every company’s budget. Some examples include:

D-Link DI-LB604 Load Balancing Router
This is a good solution for small offices, this broadband router includes two WAN ports to double your bandwidth capacity and a built-in four port switch. It also includes Quality of Service (QoS), a built-in stateful packet inspection firewall and integrated VPN gateway that supports PPTP and IPsec pass-through. You can add more switches as the network grows. It costs $179.00. http://www.dlink.com/products/?sec=0&pid=452

AstrocomPowerlink Pro
Multilink IP concentrators that provide load balancing and failover that allows you to bundle up to three different broadband connections for a total of 5 Mbps of aggregated bandwidth with the Pro 55 and over 100 Mbps with the Pro 100. There are several models, costing from $1295 to $3995.

Symantec Gateway Security appliances
Firewall/VPN appliances that include intrusion detection/prevention, anti-virus policy enforcement and Internet content filtering. Some models, such as the 360/360R, have dual WAN ports for bandwidth aggregation and load balancing. Costs $649 (model 360) to $849 (model 360R). http://www.symantec.com/small_business/products/features.jsp?pcid=sa&pvi...

FatPipe
This router clustering technology aggregates any combination of T-1, T-3, DSL, ISDN and/or wireless over multiple ISPs and backbone networks for up to 50 Mbps aggregated bandwidth. Provides load balancing and automatic failover. http://www.net-ctrl.com/products/fatpipe/