Whatever happened to bandwidth trading?

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Bandwidth trading started in December 1999 with a fanfare and the promise of a $500 billion market within five years. It ended with an implosion at one of the world’s leading energy companies and the collapse of much of the telecoms industry.

Bandwidth trading was a relatively simple proposal. Enron and other US energy merchants observed inefficiencies in the way that bandwidth – the ability to move information on fibre-optic cables – was sold. They believed market standardisation and greate

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