Verizon Business touts global network builds

Taking inventory of its completed and ongoing network expansion projects, Verizon Business logged $17.8 billion in wireless and wireline network projects worldwide in 2008.  Expect to see more this year as the company continues to upgrade its existing infrastructure and deploy new long-haul fiber projects.

The company said it is continuing to expand its MPLS network across Asia, Mexico, the U.S., Europe and the Middle East. Support for converged packet architecture (CPA) network will expand from its existing 87 markets in 27 countries at the close of 2008. CPA offers converged services on a simple Ethernet interface, so customers can move from legacy TDM to packet-based technologies without a problem. CPA got a big boost in Asia last year, with new locations added in Japan (Tokyo and Osaka); Taiwan (Taipei); South Korea (Seoul); Hong Kong; Singapore; Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Canberra); and India (Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, New Delhi and Hyderabad).

Verizon Business also plans to continue to put money into submarine cable capacity. The second phase of the 10,500 mile Trans-Pacific Express (TPE) cable network is expected to land in Japan in early 2010. In addition, the company is a lead member of the Europe India Gateway (EIG) consortium, a direct high-bandwidth fiber system to be built connecting the U.K, the Middle East and India. Verizon is putting in a cable terminal facility in Marseille, France for the 9,000 mile, $700 million-plus project, giving EIG direct connectivity to the Verizon Business network in Europe. The terminal should be ready for EIG equipment installation in Q3 2009, with EIG system service ready in 2010.

Increasing redundancy and fault-tolerance, Verizon Business will expand its global mesh network to India and Egypt, as well as continue expanding optical mesh links in the U.S. and Canada. Other projects on deck in 2009 include a second phase of network expansion in India, deployment of ROADM, deployment of 40 Gbps on selected network routs for IP traffic, and continued testing of 100 Gbps to move the industry to production quality 100 Gbps in 2010.

For more:
- Verizon Business release.

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