MAE West Gigaswitch failure At around 9am…

Sun Feb 1 23:13:26 PST 1998 — MAE West Gigaswitch failure At around 9am this morning, MFS Datanet performed some maintenance on a Gigaswitch at their Metro Area Exchange (MAE) West facility in Silicon Valley. The switch failed. MFS is still troubleshooting the problem. They have flown in one of the original designers of MAE West; if reports are correct, he arrived at the facility about 20 minutes ago.

While other exchange points can handle Sunday traffic just fine, the North American chunk of the Internet will begin weekday traffic loads in just a few hours. If MFS can’t get the Gigaswitch back up by then, there could be a noticeable impact on bandwidth in the US. -Scott

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