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Verizon Hauls 100G on US Grid

NEW YORK -- In another industry first, Verizon has deployed 100G (gigabits per second) technology on an ultra-long-haul optical system on a portion of the company's U.S. backbone network.

The company plans to deploy this next-generation technology on more than 10 routes in 2011, taking advantage of the advanced technology to significantly reduce latency - the time it takes for data sent from its entry point in the network to reach its destination - as well as provide greater capacity per fiber and to help control costs.

Using Ciena's 100G coherent optical transport solution - the same equipment Verizon used for its 100G deployment in Europe earlier this year - this high-capacity, ultra-long-haul system helps customers move time-sensitive information more effectively between strategic business locations.

Moving to 100G enables Verizon to increase bandwidth efficiency on its existing fiber infrastructure. By installing new equipment on the network while retaining use of the current fiber system, the company can carry up to 10 times the amount of network traffic carried on a standard route. Optical efficiencies also are gained from carrying traffic on a single 100G wavelength as opposed to 10 wavelengths, each operating at 10 gigabits per second.

As businesses launch integrated solutions such as cloud computing services, security, and unified communications and collaboration applications, consumers are advancing growth through applications such as video streaming and online gaming. The advanced 100G technology improves the overall efficiency of traffic to help meet this increased demand.

For the past several years Verizon has been a dominant force in 100G technology, beginning in November 2007 when the company successfully completed the industry's first field trial of 100G optical traffic on a live system. In 2010 Verizon completed an industry first with a field trial transmitting high bit-rate technologies, including 100G, 450G and 1T (1 terabit or 1000G), coexisting on the same fiber.

Earlier this year Verizon deployed the world's first standards-based, multivendor 100G Ethernet link for an IP backbone on a portion of the company's European network between Paris and Frankfurt.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ)

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