Verizon Goes Global With Metro 100G

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) is to extend its long-distance international 100Gbit/s deployments into metro networks around the world starting next year and will deploy control plane technology from Ciena Corp. (NYSE: CIEN) to simplify the management of its global network.

The operator says the deployment of Ciena's 5430 Reconfigurable Switching System, a packet-optical transport system (P-OTS) that includes OTN (Optical Transport Network) aggregation and switching capabilities, will allow for simplified operations and "near real-time provisioning of specified new circuits." (See Redefining P-OTS.)

Those capabilities, plus the extension of coherent 100Gbit/s into its metro networks, will extend the functionality it already has in its long-haul connections and give it "greater scalability and functionality while supporting higher access speeds."

Verizon expects to start its international upgrade during the first half of 2013 and tells Light Reading that European deployments are included in the plan, but that it isn't revealing any markets just yet. The operator also confirmed that Ciena is the only vendor involved in this upgrade.

Verizon says the introduction of cloud, video and 4G mobile services are driving the need for extended 100Gbit/s capabilities, which can, in turn, enable high-value applications such as the low-latency service designed for the finance sector that has been launched on the operator's 100Gbit/s link between New York City and Chicago.

According to the operator, its global network spans six continents, runs for more than 500,000 route miles (subsea and terrestrial) and reaches into more than 2,700 cities in 150 countries, with its most dense international network meshes found in Western Europe and Japan. (See Verizon Deploys 100G Ethernet in Europe.)

Why this matters
Verizon has been at the forefront of 100Gbit/s carrier developments for years, so there's always interest in how it advances its transport strategy. The operator talked about adding 100Gbit/s metro services in 2013 during this year's OFC/NFOEC show, but this announcement takes that vision global and provides additional insight into how the operator will manage the network. (See Verizon Loves Its 100G and 100G Update: Verizon's Glenn Wellbrock.)

More importantly, though, it sends a very clear message to the transport community that confidence in 100Gbit/s investments is growing, albeit in select markets to start with. In addition, Verizon's decision is likely to provide the catalyst for other major operators to accelerate their 100Gbit/s plans.

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— Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading

Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 5:33:16 PM
re: Verizon Goes Global With Metro 100G

I wonder if this means 100G costs are ramping down faster than expected (or are promising to do so, at least).  Hard to tell; Verizon has been aggressive with 100G, and certainly they've been aggressive in talking about 100G.

OpticalInvestor987 12/5/2012 | 5:33:15 PM
re: Verizon Goes Global With Metro 100G

With Ciena being an incumbent at Verizon, what are the odds Infinera can get into Verizon's 100G deployment?



adcunha 12/5/2012 | 5:33:14 PM
re: Verizon Goes Global With Metro 100G


Last month Australian operator AAPT said publicly that "putting in a 100Gbps link cost about the same as putting in six 10Gbps links" when they announced their new 100G upgrade (see the quote here).

I tweeted it out because it sounded like new info to me, but only got a few (doubtful) responses.

Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 5:33:13 PM
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OI987-- well, we had our theory:

http://www.lightreading.com/document.asp?doc_id=220224 (registration required, although, if you're posting here, you're registered.)

Although it's possible that it's CenturyLink rather than Verizon.

Flook 12/5/2012 | 5:33:06 PM
re: Verizon Goes Global With Metro 100G

Interesting information, and sounds reasonable if the Australian company is right about the price of 100G being 6x of 10G at this time.

sienkod 12/5/2012 | 5:32:40 PM
re: Verizon Goes Global With Metro 100G


In your first sentence you mention "long distance" and 100 Gbps - do you mean voice and data by this reference?

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