Verizon lights up 100 Gbps on parts of its U.S. network

Verizon (NYSE: VZ) is going to deploy 100 Gbps technology on select segments of its U.S. backbone network by the end of Q2 2011.  

Supporting both a mix of emerging enterprise (cloud and Ethernet) and consumer (video streaming), Verizon will upgrade network segments in Chicago to New York, Sacramento to Los Angeles and Minneapolis to Kansas City with 100 Gbps capabilities.

Similar to its 100 Gbps deployment in Europe late last year, the U.S. 100 Gbps rollout will also leverage Juniper Networks' routers and Ciena's (Nasdaq: CIEN) 100 Gbps coherent transport equipment.

Having begun trials of 100 Gbps in 2007, Verizon is not a 100 Gbps novice.  

The 100 Gbps deployment is not all that surprising. When Verizon announced its initial 100 Gbps routes from Frankfurt, Germany to Paris, France in December 2009 it said it would upgrade existing 10 Gbps systems that are showing similar signs of exhaustion to 100 Gbps with its Nortel (now Ciena), Nokia Siemens Networks and Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) network equipment.

At that time, Verizon said it was testing these vendors' 100 Gbps gear in its labs with the expectation to light up one of their 100 Gbps systems in a commercial network in 2010.  

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