Verizon adds 100G to 7 U.S. network routes

Verizon (NYSE: VZ) continues along its 100G networking path with plans to upgrade its IP network infrastructure in seven key markets, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York and Seattle.

Leveraging Cisco's (Nasdaq: CSCO) CRS-3 platform, the new network upgrade is centered on enabling it to terminate high-speed connections closer to the "edge" that connects to nearby customer premise network facilities.

Set to be deployed in the first half of 2012, Verizon said the upgrade will enable its network to "accommodate growth where traffic demand is the greatest."

The CRS-3 platform will provide 100G edge access to the IP network and serve as an upgrade to its FiOS core network. Having used the CRS-1 platform for over four years, the move to the CRS-3 platform did not require a major forklift upgrade, something that's been a hallmark in Verizon's ongoing 100G upgrade process in both the optical and routing domains.

In addition to providing enhanced core network capacity, the CRS platform is being leveraged as a piece of Verizon's ongoing migration to IPv6, with dual stack support for IPv4 and IPv6 services.

The latest 100G deployment with Cisco follows an earlier upgrade process along its routes between Chicago to New York, Sacramento to Los Angeles and Minneapolis to Kansas City in addition to deploy Ciena's coherent optical technology on over 10 routes this year.

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