Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Verizon Deploys 40 Gbps ULH Optical Transport in Europe with Nortel

Verizon Business will begin deploying Nortel's ultra long-haul (ULH) equipment on its European core backbone network. The deployment initially will connect Verizon Business' main European network hubs in London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Paris and Brussels -- 3,230 kilometers of ULH transport. The network will support speeds up to 40 Gbps, four times its current maximum speed. The first phase of ULH deployment is scheduled to be completed during the first quarter of 2008.

"Deploying ultra long-haul technology on our core network in Europe will give our Verizon Business customers the opportunity to move to wavelength services as well as grow their use of Web-based applications and high-speed Ethernet solutions," said Joe Cook, Verizon Business vice president of global network engineering and planning.

The Verizon Business optical network is based on the Optical Multiservice Edge 6500 next-generation optical convergence platform. The deployment also features Nortel's unique electronic Dynamically Compensating Optics (eDCO), which simplifies networking by extending 40G wavelengths over thousands of kilometers without requiring dispersion compensation modules.

Verizon Business is also using Nortel's Common Photonic Layer (CPL) which enables the migration to a more agile, adaptive, all optical intelligent network. Also part of the solution, Nortel's Reconfigurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexing (ROADM) technology provides operational simplicity and network agility for the addition and routing of new services. In addition, the Nortel Optical Network Manager will provide the required operations administration and management for the network, advanced network and service management and network planning tools for end-to-end wavelength layer management.

Since it began the multi-year ULH project in 2004, Verizon Business has deployed more than 40,233 kilometers (25,000 miles) of ULH network in the United States.

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