Data Communications: WANs 1979-1986
Data Networks Become Wide Area Network
Micom, the highly profitable leader in statistical multiplexers, was unwilling to allocate the financial resources to develop a T-1 multiplexer, just as they had not funded the internal development of a LAN. Bill Norred, President, remembers they had the basis of a T-1 multiplexer in their TDM but still could not overcome constraints:
“We did talk about doing some T-1. We had the basis of a T-1 product for years and years. In fact, when I designed it, I always knew some day we'd probably take it to T1 rates, yet it never got evolved into a T-1 product because we could never really figure out a way to find the resources to do it.”
As of yearend 1985, Micom had not yet entered the T-1 multiplexer market.