Sunday, February 8, 2009

Verizon Business Continues Global Network Expansion

Verizon Business announced an expansion of its MPLS network with new and diverse nodes in South Asia, North Asia, Singapore, Japan, Mexico, the United States, Europe and the Middle East. Currently, Verizon Business supports Private IP services in more than 120 countries around the world, including China and India.

In 2008, Verizon's converged packet architecture (CPA) network reached 87 markets in 27 countries. The company will continue to add more CPA sites this year. CPA enables convergence of services onto a single packet access connection via a simple Ethernet interface. New CPA locations this year include: Japan (Tokyo and Osaka); Taiwan (Taipei); South Korea (Seoul); Hong Kong; Singapore; Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Canberra); and India (Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, New Delhi and Hyderabad).

In 2008, Verizon Business sales of strategic enterprise services - such as security and IT solutions, and professional and managed Internet protocol (IP) services - increased 16 percent over 2007.

Verizon Business also noted its participation in more than 80 submarine cables in the world. The on-time completion in 2008 of the first phase of the 17,000-kilometer (10,500-mile) Trans-Pacific Express cable network from the U.S. to mainland China, South Korea and Taiwan paved the way for the second phase of the TPE cable, which is expected to land in Japan in early 2010. Verizon Business is the only U.S.-based company that is an original charter member of the Trans-Pacific Express Consortium. Verizon Business is also a lead member of the Europe India Gateway (EIG) Consortium, which is planning the first direct, high-bandwidth optical-fiber submarine cable system to be built connecting the United Kingdom, the Middle East and India. Verizon Business will be one of the terminal parties for the more than $700 million EIG cable. The company will provide a cable terminal facility in Marseille, France, for the 15,000-kilometer (9,000 mile) cable. This will give the EIG direct connectivity to the Verizon Business network in Europe, as well as provide significant redundancy in cable stations and routing. Verizon Business expects to have its terminal ready for the installation of EIG equipment in Q3 2009.

Verizon Business is continuing to expand its optical mesh architecture and has implemented seven-way mesh technology on its Atlantic and Pacific submarine cable routes. The company also will continue optical-mesh architecture expansion in the U.S. and Canada.

Additional major network projects scheduled for 2009 include:

  • Second phase of the India network expansion.

  • Expansion of the ultra-long-haul (ULH) network in the U.S. and Europe.

  • Deployment of ROADM (reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexer) technology used to remotely configure wavelengths on the network, allowing for faster provisioning and trouble isolation.

  • Implementation of packet-optical transport platform (P-OTP) network design.

  • Deployment of 40 gigabits per second technology on additional selected network routes for the private IP and public IP networks.

  • Continued testing of 100Gbps capabilities in an effort to move the industry toward production-quality 100Gbps in 2010.

  • Expansion of new data centers in the United Kingdom and Hong Kong, and additional capacity at numerous other data centers.

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