Monday, March 10, 2008

Verizon Business Outlines 2008 CAPEX Plans

Verizon Business outlined plans to expand its global network footprint in 2008 through a number of infrastructure projects in high-growth regions, including China, India, Mexico, Brazil and Australia.


In India, the company is currently implementing a diverse five-city IP, Ethernet and Global Data Link network in Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi, Chennai and Hyderabad. Verizon Business recently received its international and national long- distance licenses (ILD/NLD) to offer advanced communications services to India-based and multinational companies with operations in India. In Latin America, Verizon Business is adding MPLS nodes in Mexico City and Monterrey. In Brazil, Verizon Business recently completed an expansion of network capabilities by deploying Private IP, Public IP and Global Data Link nodes in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. In Australia, Verizon Business is implementing national long-distance network expansions, and building an optical backbone serving the cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Canberra and Perth. Verizon Business is also adding VoIP capabilities in Singapore and Hong Kong; and upgrading its network in Canada with a high-speed optical backbone in Toronto.


Verizon Business other 2008 capital programs include:

  • Private IP Deployment - Supporting Verizon Business' fastest-growing service already in more than 121 countries, the company will deploy MPLS nodes for additional PIP expansion to countries in the Middle East and Latin America. MPLS nodes also will be deployed for broader penetration in countries like India, Vietnam, Australia, South Africa and the U.S.


  • Converged Packet Architecture - After an aggressive 39-city, 18-country CPA deployment in 2007, Verizon Business will add multiple nodes in six more countries including India, Taiwan, South Korea, China, Mexico and Canada, which will expand its global Ethernet footprint. Verizon Business already offers Ethernet access to Private IP in 40 countries and plans to reach more than 50 countries by year-end. CPA allows customers to move seamlessly from legacy time division multiplexing (TDM) to a packet-based technology resulting in improved efficiency.


  • Submarine Cables - With participation in more than 65 submarine cables in the world, the company is making additional investments in submarine cable capacity in Asia-Pacific, Latin America, India, the Middle East and Africa to support the growing needs of network requirements and deliver world-class performance. Verizon Business will activate in the third quarter the first submarine cable system with direct 10 Gbps wavelength access from the U.S. to mainland China. In addition to greater speed and capacity, the Trans-Pacific Express Cable will offer enhanced reliability by adding another major path and geographic diverse routing to the fast-growing Asia-Pacific region. With Verizon Business' longstanding leadership position in the submarine cable industry, the company is able to expedite use of multiple cables around the world during service interruptions.


  • Optical Global Mesh - As an industry leader implementing mesh architecture on its Atlantic and Pacific submarine cables routes in 2006 and 2007 respectively, Verizon Business will expand this optical mesh architecture into North America and North Asia. When the TPE cable in the Pacific is completed, the Pacific global mesh network will increase from five-way to seven-way diversity. The mesh network design creates additional paths for use in the event of multiple undersea breaks or network disruptions significantly enhancing reliability for customer voice, data, video and IP traffic.


  • Ultra Long Haul - Deployment of 2,000 additional ultra long haul (ULH) miles on the U.S. core backbone network and 1,940 miles on the European network will increase to more than 34,000 the ULH miles deployed on the global network, under a multiyear project. ULH reduces the number of network elements by 70 percent, allowing the network to operate more efficiently while enabling wavelength services. ULH provides customers with reduced provisioning times, improved reliability and lower latency.


  • Deployment of ROADM (Reconfigurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexer) technology - the technology is being used to remotely configure wavelengths on the network in local markets. The technology allows for faster provisioning and trouble isolation. Verizon Business will deploy ROADM technology in 19 U.S. markets this year.


  • 40 Gbps and 100 Gbps technology - Looking toward higher circuit speeds demanded by customers, Verizon Business will continue deploying 40 Gbps on network routes in the United States. At the same time, the company will continue its aggressive testing of 100 Gbps capabilities in efforts to move the industry toward production quality 100 Gbps in late 2009.
http://www.verizonbusiness.com

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