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Verizon, NEC Clock 21.7Tbit/s Over Field Fiber

NEW YORK -- For the second year in a row, Verizon and NEC Corporation of America have completed an industry first by transmitting high bit-rate technologies over field fiber. The latest trial successfully transmitted 21.7 terabits per second (1 terabit equals 1,000 gigabits) – the highest capacity to date -- under field conditions.

The results of the trial, which was performed earlier this year on 1,503 kilometers (934 miles) of standard single mode field fiber on Verizon's network in the Dallas area, were outlined in a post-deadline paper presented at the recent OFC/NFOEC Conference and Expo in Los Angeles.

"Verizon continues its research to find the scientific limits of high-capacity optical technology as we strive to offer the most advanced network technology that adds long-term value to our customers and is capable of sustaining the tremendous growth potential," said Ihab Tarazi, vice president of global IP and transport planning and technology for Verizon. "This joint effort moves the industry toward a better understanding of the technology's challenges, differentiators and viability because the future will be shaped by what we learn now."

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ)

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