Sunday, November 18, 2007

Verizon Completes 100 Gbps Field Trial using FiOS Feed

Verizon completed a field test of 100 Gbps optical transmission technology on a live, in-service 312-mile (504 kilometer) network route in Florida between Tampa and Miami.

Verizon said the test, which utilized a live video feed from its national FiOS TV network as the "payload," was successfully completed on a Verizon Business ultra long-haul optical system carrying other live traffic at 10 Gbps. The test demonstrated that by deploying advanced electronics, an existing network system can easily and quickly be upgraded to 100 Gbps.

The test used Alcatel-Lucent's 1625 LambdaXtreme Transport system on existing fibers that were initially conditioned for 10 Gbps service. Unlike other trials that used 10 separate 10 Gbps wavelengths to carry 100 Gbps, the Verizon test utilized a 100 Gbps signal on a single wavelength, demonstrating Verizon's drive to promote "true" 100 Gbps in a serial fashion on just one transmission wavelength.

"This is another critical milestone on our way to ensuring that we have the most advanced telecom network technology at the right time, in the right place, to serve our customers," said Mark Wegleitner, Verizon's senior vice president for technology.

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