Verizon to deploy 100 Gbps optical on 10 U.S. routes this year

Verizon (NYSE: VZ) has taken another step forward in its 100 Gbps drive by deploying Ciena's (Nasdaq: CIEN) 100 Gbps coherent transport system on another portion of its U.S. backbone network.

This latest 100 Gbps deployment with Ciena is serving as a blueprint for a wider plan to deploy the coherent technology on over 10 routes in 2011, which it says will reduce network latency.

Similar to the routes Verizon has already incorporated--100 Gbps into Europe and in other parts of its U.S. backbone network--the latest 100 Gbps route also leverages the provider's existing fiber network infrastructure. In addition, Verizon can carry traffic on a single 100 Gbps wavelength versus multiple 10 Gbps wavelengths.

Ihab Tarazi, vice president of global network planning at Verizon, said that their drive to deploy 100 Gbps in the U.S. is a response to "not only growth in traffic, but also in the need for immediacy from our customers that are managing financial transactions, health care data exchange, energy services and entertainment on-the-go."

Out of the major telcos, Verizon has arguably been one of the most aggressive purveyors of 100 Gbps optical technology.

After initially deploying 100 Gbps in some early trial networks and on two routes in Europe, Verizon has been tactically deploying the technology on segments in the U.S., including segments in Chicago to New York, Sacramento to Los Angeles and Minneapolis to Kansas City.

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