Monday, June 2, 2008

Verizon Business Expands Ultra-Long-Haul (ULH) Network to Asia-Pacific

Verizon Business will deploy 155 kilometers of ultra-long-haul (ULH) network capability in Japan between Tokyo and Maruyama. The latest ULH expansion, part of Verizon Business' planned 2008 investment, is its first in the Asia Pacific region and complements its ULH deployments in the United States and Europe.

ULH offers the ability to transmit signals up to 2,000 kilometers (approximately four times farther than traditional technology) without regeneration. This allows the elimination of thousands of pieces of equipment and physical connections among network elements. The Verizon Business ULH system is capable of delivering both 10 Gbps and 40 Gbps signals. The company said that as it deploys 40 Gbps on selected routes, customers benefit from enhanced overall performance and responsiveness on those routes.

Verizon Business already has deployed and activated more than 51,500 kilometers (32,000 miles) of ULH in the U.S. and plans to add 6,437 kilometers (4,000 miles) by year-end. New key routes are Seattle to Portland, Ore.; Denver to Dallas; New York City to Baltimore; St. Louis to Memphis, Tenn.; Indianapolis to Nashville, Tenn.; Atlanta to Mobile, Ala.; Buffalo, N.Y., to New York City; Portland, Ore., to Sacramento, Calif.; and Boston to New York City.

In Europe, Verizon Business completed 3,100 kilometers (1,926 miles) of ULH network in late 2007 on the core backbone network and turned up service in April of this year. Main network hubs are located in London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Paris and Brussels.

When completed, the ULH network will extend 80,467 kilometers (50,000 miles).