VZ Goes Ultra Long-Haul

9:05 AM -- Verizon Enterprise Solutions says it's ready to upgrade its optical transport networks to ultra long-haul in Europe and will soon announce the supplier.

Verizon aims to upgrade 20 percent of its European optical network with ultra long-haul technology by the end of this year, which would amount to 80 percent of the operator's European traffic. In the U.S., Verizon says 65 percent of its optical network will be upgraded to ultra long-haul by the end of this year.

Verizon's optical network suppliers are Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU), Nokia Networks , and Ciena Corp. (NYSE: CIEN).

"We will announce our supplier for Europe very shortly," says Fred Briggs, executive vice president for network operations and technology at Verizon Business. "It could be one of the three [current suppliers] or another one."

How about Infinera Corp. (Nasdaq: INFN)? Well, Briggs would not be drawn on the vendor choice.

Verizon will focus its new optical platform on its main European routes between London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, and Paris. It's looking for cost savings from decommissioning regeneration sites. Ultra long-haul enables operators to reduce network elements by up to 70 percent, according to Briggs.

— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Light Reading

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