Monday, March 26, 2007

Verizon Business Boosts Backbone to 40 Gbps on Key Route

Verizon Business is boosting the capacity of its ultra long haul (ULH) all-optical network from 10 Gbps line rate to 40 Gbps in the high-traffic corridor between New York and Washington, D.C. The fourfold increase in ULH capacity will start in Q2, with similar increases planned for additional key routes throughout the year.

"Transmission of 40 Gbps at 80 wavelengths provides quick response to customer demands for bandwidth. As a result, customers will see new standards of service delivery, performance and reliability," said Fred Briggs, executive vice president, network operations and technology for Verizon Business.

As the company begins its 40 Gbps commercial deployment, it already has 100 Gbps technology in its sights.

"While 40 Gbps is a key step in our network strategy, we plan to quickly progress to 100 Gbps trials in about 18 months," said Briggs. "We've been the driver in the industry for 40 Gbps, and now we'll be the driver for 100 Gbps."

Given the growing bandwidth demands Verizon Business continues to see from its customers, the business organization is aggressively pushing equipment vendors to move toward that next evolution in network architecture. "We need our vendors to help us implement 100 Gbps much sooner than we originally anticipated," Briggs said. "Once we implement 40 Gbps, 100 Gbps will be on our doorstep."

  • In early 2004, Verizon Business demonstrated the first 40 Gbps IP transmission in a trial.

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