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The high-tech research firm reports that in the face of a forecasted zero percent growth in the number of backbone connections used by Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the year 2002, backbone providers will need to focus on key decision criteria used by ISPs (such as price, reliability, company reputation, company stability, and availability of service) in selecting their backbone providers.
Using Avici Systems' core router, the TSR, AT&T backbone links form two paths across the U.
In addition to their complexity, the cost of Backbone Switches is also a barrier to their adoption.
For example, a machine serving up video content to end users of one backbone may have to send that data across other backbones, depending on the 'net's traffic at any given time.