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To meet the growing demand for higher bandwidth, Verizon Business is upping the capacity of its ultra long haul (ULH) all-optical network to 40 gigabits per second (Gbps) from the current 10 Gbps, beginning with the high-traffic corridor between New York and Washington, D.C. The fourfold increase in ULH capacity will start in the second quarter of 2007, with similar increases planned for additional key routes throughout the year.
Large businesses and government agencies continue to drive increasingly higher bandwidth demands with applications such as video, wireless, high-speed Internet, Web services, multimedia content distribution, real-time imaging and storage networking.
"Verizon Business has been a leader in enabling its network to better serve the bandwidth needs of our customers," said Fred Briggs, executive vice president, network operations and technology for Verizon Business. "Transmission of 40 Gbps at 80 wavelengths provides quick response to customer demands for bandwidth. As a result, customers will see new standards of service delivery, performance and reliability."
In early 2004, Verizon Business demonstrated the world's first 40 Gbps IP transmission in a trial. As the company begins its 40 Gbps commercial deployment, it already has 100 Gbps technology in its sights.
"While 40 Gbps is a key step in our network strategy, we plan to quickly progress to 100 Gbps trials in about 18 months," said Briggs. "We've been the driver in the industry for 40 Gbps, and now we'll be the driver for 100 Gbps."
Given the growing bandwidth demands Verizon Business continues to see from its customers, the business organization is aggressively pushing equipment vendors to move toward that next evolution in network architecture. "We need our vendors to help us implement 100 Gbps much sooner than we originally anticipated," Briggs said. "Once we implement 40 Gbps, 100 Gbps will be on our doorstep."