Sunday, March 7, 2010

Verizon Completes 100G Field Trial with Juniper, NEC, Finisar

Verizon completed a field trial of 100 Gbps optical transmission technology in partnership with Juniper Networks, NEC and Finisar.

The test, which occurred on February 25, transmitted data over a 1,520-kilometer optically amplified section of the Verizon network in the north Dallas area. The trial demonstrated end-to-end traffic flow, including live video traffic, through a 100G interface on the Juniper T1600 Core Router to the NEC SpectralWave DWDM system, which was equipped with 100G real-time coherent transponders. The connection between the router and the DWDM system was achieved through an IEEE standard-compliant 100GBASE-LR4 client interface, using 100G CFP optical transceiver modules from Finisar Corp.

Verizon said the multivendor demonstration validates the maturity of the standard supporting 100G transfer rates, which is scheduled to be ratified by the IEEE and ITU-T in June.

"With IP traffic on the Verizon network growing year over year, 100G is critical to continuing to satisfy customers' demands, which drive the capacity requirements of our core network," said Mark Wegleitner, senior vice president of technology at Verizon. "Verizon has already deployed 100G on a segment of our European network, and trials such as this allow us to refine relevant technologies and push 100G closer to widespread deployment."

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