During the past few months, there were two separate incidents when Pui Hin Rhoads and Don Mickey had difficulty getting into summit facilities to performed scheduled network maintenance and repair work. Pui Hin requested representatives of each organization to coordinate with their summit staff to ensure access to the dome when they receive email announcements of maintenance and repair work.
On August 27th, all voice and data services were moved from the summit microwave to the fibers. A temporary cable is used currently to connect the channel banks at the UH 88" and HawTel equipment. The channel banks will be relocated to HawTel equipment room by June 30th, 1999.
Following is GTE Hawaiian Tel's plan of action should we have an equipment or fiber cable outage.
If a break occurs on the Mauna Kea to Hale Pohaku leg, a restoration radio will be required. The current radios that are used for restoration have a 1 - 2 T1 capacity, therefore we will be able to provide service for 24 - 48 voice circuits. With IfA concurrence, we will be leaving the existing antenna and waveguide in place at the summit, and all that will be required is to transport the radio from our Hilo office to the summit and activate it.
The leg from Hale Pohaku to Hummuula currently has a 4 T1 radio working to Hilo via the Mauna Loa Radio Station. If the fiber is cut, we will reroute service from the summit to Hale Pohaku and then out on the radio. Our technicians will be dispatched to the summit to reconfigure the fiber terminals manually, due to the loss of fiber connectivity to the summit fiber terminal.
Humuula Radio Station is used as a digital radio hub and has the capacity to carry DS3 traffic on the protection band of the radio. The circuits from the summit cross-connect at this site to go to either Kona or Hilo. If there is a fiber cable break on the Saddle Route, we will reroute the DS3 carrying the IfA circuits from the fiber to the radio. Technicians will be dispatched to Humuula to make the patch. Due to current restrictions on the Fujitsu terminals, this option will not be available until late 1998 or early 1999. The alternative will be to route the IfA circuits to Hale Pohaku and patch to the existing radio or bring up the emergency restoration radio to the summit.
Per organization network charge will remain at $500 a month. The level of support for commercial traffic will be at the T1 level. A higher charge may be assessed for higher bandwidth.
To get the upgrade of FDDI to ATM moving, Bob McLaren has suggested that we pay for the the backup equipment with Infrastructure funds. This will cut down the recurrent cost for the early ATM network participants. Pui Hin will send email to all the representatives for their commitment to the project.
Cisco has agreed to give us a 30% education discount on all equipment plus about $33.5k trade-in value for four Proteon 4200 routers. All facilities should be able to obtain similar deals.