What: Verizon pushed 100 Gbps over a single wavelength in a field test using Alcatel-Lucent gear.
Why you should care: Verizon, long assumed to be the first one to 100 Gbps, originally had a goal to begin a trial of 100 Gbps transport by October of next year. This wasn't a full-on field trial under extreme traffic pressure, but it sounds like Verizon is way ahead of schedule. For a company that just launched 40 Gbps transport, the move to 100 Gbps looks to be an extremely quick one.
What's next: For Verizon, probably a broader field trial and then a commercial offering. Verizon has committed to late 2009 ate the earliest for a commercial service, but with this key test under its belt, look for an accelerated schedule.
- Telephony reports on Verizon's field test