Verizon extends 100G network in APAC, good news for Singapore
By Digital News Asia January 21, 2015
- Increases network capacity, reliability and performance in high-growth region
- Up to 10x the amount of network traffic can be carried on a standard route
NEW YORK-based telco giant Verizon Inc said it has deployed 100G technology on its network in Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong, connecting these three locations and further extending 100G technology on its global network.
The deployment, which used the Fujitsu Flashwave 9500 ROADM and Ciena 5430 Reconfigurable Switching System, added approximately 11,681 terrestrial and submarine miles (18,800 kilometres) to the company’s 100G network.
These additional miles add to the more than 32,000 100G miles already deployed on Verizon’s US network and 8,500 100G miles on its European network, the company said in a statement.
“Like other regions in the world, Asia Pacific is seeing solid traffic growth from such drivers as cloud services, over-the-top video and unified services,” said Helen Wong, director of Asia Pacific products for Verizon.
“By deploying 100G, Verizon stays ahead of its global customers’ increasing demand for bandwidth while improving quality and increasing the efficiency of our global network,” she added.
The 100G technology combines greater performance with the flexibility to meet growing traffic demand and enterprise customer requirements, Verizon said.
By implementing advanced fibre optic technology on the current fibre system, up to 10 times the amount of network traffic can be carried on a standard route, allowing for better use of the existing fibre infrastructure, the company added.
Additional efficiencies are gained from 100G technology because of its ability to carry traffic on a single 100G wavelength instead of 10 individual wavelengths operating at the current standard of 10 gigabits per second.
In Verizon’s recently issued enterprise technology trends for 2015 report, the company emphasised the growing demands of data, cloud, video and mobile solutions that require increasingly agile and scalable enterprise networks.
Enterprise customers increasingly leverage innovations such as virtualisation, automation and optical network technology that improve network efficiency and reliability and are critical to networks handling massive growth, it said.
In addition, Verizon’s recent Secure Cloud Interconnect agreements with Google, Salesforce, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft and Amazon Web Services are expected to fuel the demand for 100G connections between the Asia Pacific region, Europe and the United States.
Nasdaq-listed Verizon was the first carrier to deploy 100G technology on an ultra-long-haul optical system in the United States in 2011. A Dow 30 company with more than US$120 billion in 2013 revenues, it employs a workforce of 176,800.
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