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Verizon Does 100GigE in Europe

9:45 AM -- Verizon Enterprise Solutions is all set to turn on a 100Gigabit Ethernet service in Europe using router technology from Juniper Networks Inc. (NYSE: JNPR) and building on a 100Gbit/s transport route it set up late last year.

In December 2009, Verizon upgraded its 555-mile commercial Paris-to-Frankfurt route with 100Gbit/s transport gear from Nortel, which is now, of course, part of Ciena Corp. (NYSE: CIEN) (See Verizon Switches On 100G in Europe and Ciena Overhauls Product Names.)

Now the carrier, which prides itself on being a 100Gbit/s trailblazer, says that before the end of the year it will also boast a 100Gigabit Ethernet service using Juniper gear (the T1600 core router with 100GigE line cards) and the Ciena/Nortel transport equipment that's already live. (See Verizon's Glen Wellbrock: 100G Update, Verizon: Give Us More Flexible ROADMs for 100G, and Juniper Demos 100GigE.)

The news will excite many in the industry that are looking for real breakthroughs in 100Gigabit Ethernet, and also likely elicit some vendor envy for Juniper, which isn't the only IP equipment firm that's been working with Verizon on its 100Gbit/s plans. (See EENY 2010: Carrier Wants Cheap 100GigE Now Please, Verizon Tests 100G With AlcaLu, Analyst: AlcaLu's 100G Game-Changer, and Verizon, Juniper, NEC Complete 100G Trial.)

— Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading

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