"Beyond these drivers, we see other applications
coming, such as increased-pixel TV and three-dimensional video, that
will continue to push the bandwidth curve, not only in the U.S., but
around the world," said Mark Wegleitner, Senior Vice President
of Technology at Verizon.
Consumers have readily
adopted fiber optic delivery systems for television and internet
access. Most of the internet around the world runs on multiple
10Gbps backbones of fiber optic cables. While many carriers
would like to increase their capacity, laying more cables is a
proposition. The Metro Ethernet Networks group of Nortel
Networks has been working on the problem, and has developed new
equipment that enables 100Gbps speeds with current fiber.
became the first telecommunications carrier to successfully deploy a
commercial ultra-long-haul optical system for live traffic
earlier this week. This system was deployed on the company's 893 Km
(555 mile) European optical core network between Paris and Frankfurt.
This marks the first ever deployment of ultra-long-haul 100Gbps
using a single channel on a
is proud to have partnered with Verizon on this industry-first
achievement," said Philippe Morin, President of Metro
Ethernet Networks, Nortel. "The progression to 100G optical
speeds is a critical next step for forward-looking service providers
like Verizon. Nortel's unique 100G technology makes this evolution
one that is painless to deploy while lowering total network costs.
"This latest 100G-first gives Verizon the edge in meeting the
growing bandwidth demands of our customers," said Wegleitner.
"By consolidating traffic onto one large pipe rather than
several smaller ones, customers will benefit from increased network
capacity, improved transmission quality and greater network