Verizon brings the 100 Gbps show to Dallas

Verizon is serious about 100 Gbps networking, and its latest field trial in North Dallas, Texas is another proof point in the service provider's desire. In the latest trial, Verizon worked with Juniper Networks, NEC Corporation of America, and Finisar Corp. to apply standards-based optics end-to-end and 100 Gbps native router interfaces.

Following a deployment of a 100 Gbps link between Paris and Frankfurt, Germany that it implemented in December, Verizon transmitted data over a 1,520-km optically amplified section of its network in North Dallas for this trial. One of the bigger implications of the trial is that it is being used to validate the 100 Gbps transfer rate standard set to be ratified by the IEEE and ITU-T this June.

During the trial, Verizon demonstrated end-to-end traffic flow, including live video traffic through a 100 Gbps interface on the Juniper T1600 Core Router to the NEC SpectralWave DWDM system, which was equipped with 100G real-time coherent transponders. Verizon then made a connection between the router and the DWDM system through Finisar 100G CFP optical transceiver modules.

Instead of migrating to 40 Gbps, it's clear that the larger service providers are set on taking a detour directly from 10 Gbps to 100 Gbps--a process that Verizon argues is less costly than upgrading its networks with more 10 Gbps links. Since 2007, Verizon has been conducting various live 100 Gbps trials on its network. And while it has not set specific timelines yet, the service provider told FierceTelecom in a previous interview about its European 100 Gbps deployment that it plans to upgrade other 10 Gbps showing signs of exhaustion to 100 Gbps in the U.S.

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