Verizon extends 100G network in Asia-Pacific

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Verizon has deployed 100G coherent optical transmission technology in three more countries in the Asia-Pacific region: Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong.

This deployment, which was based on the Fujitsu Flashwave 9500 ROADM and Ciena 5430 reconfigurable switching system, adds approximately 11,681 terrestrial and submarine miles (18,800km) to the company's extensive 100G network in the US and Europe. Verizon has deployed more than 32,000 100G miles already deployed on its US network and 8,500 100G miles in Europe.

"Like other regions in the world, the Asia-Pacific region is seeing solid traffic growth from such drivers as cloud services, over-the-top video and unified services," said Helen Wong, director of Asia-Pacific products for Verizon. "By deploying 100G, Verizon stays ahead of its global customers' increasing demand for bandwidth while improving quality and increasing the efficiency of our global network."

Verizon says it deployed 100G technology because it combines a superior level of performance - up to 10 times the amount of traffic - with the flexibility to meet growing traffic demand and enterprise customer requirements. Additional efficiencies are gained from 100G technology because of its ability to carry traffic on a single 100G wavelength instead of 10 individual wavelengths operating at the current standard of 10 Gb/s.

The company emphasised the growing demands of analytics, cloud, video and mobile data that require increasingly agile and scalable enterprise networks. Enterprise customers increasingly rely on techniques such as virtualisation, automation and optical network technology like 100G to improve network efficiency and reliability, and these technologies will be critical to enable networks to handle massive growth.

In addition, Verizon pointed to its Secure Cloud Interconnect agreements with Google, Salesforce, HP, Microsoft and Amazon Web Services, which are expected to fuel the demand for 100G connections between the Asia-Pacific region, Europe and the US.

"With this latest 100G technology deployment, Verizon enterprise customers doing business in the Asia-Pacific region can depend on us to deliver the bandwidth, performance and reliability necessary to remain competitive in the fast-paced world of international business," said Wong.

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