Verizon To Deploy 100G US Metro Network

In what appears to be a competitive move against AT&T Gigapower and Google Fiber, Verizon has announced that it's moving to a 100G metro network in the U.S. The company promises to scale its network without disrupting existing services.

Verizon plans to test and deploy Ciena's metro-optimized 6500 packet optical technology and the Cisco Network Convergence System on parts of its 100G metro network this year. Plans call for turning up live traffic in 2016.

The new architecture gives the company the same advantages in its metro network that it has seen in its 100G long-haul network, according to Verizon. Those benefits include increased capacity, superior latency and improved scalability.

"In today's Web-scale world, advanced, next-generation metro networks with high degrees of packet convergence and software intelligence are critical to the future of connecting increasing amounts of content to users," said Francois Locoh-Donou, senior vice president, Global Products Group at Ciena.

Kelly Ahuja, senior vice president of Cisco's Service Provider Business group, added that Cisco has made key investments in next-generation optical technology that will EUcapture growth opportunities over the next decade.EU

Ultra High-Speed Competition?

We turned to Jeff Kagan, an independent technology analyst, to get his thoughts on VerizonEUs move to a next generation 100G metro network. He told us it sounds like Verizon is committing itself to compete in the new ultra high-speed gigabit Internet space.

EUMany communications companies, large and small have thrown their hat in this ring in the last year or two,EU Kagan said. EUThe two heavy hitters today are AT&T Gigapower and Google Fiber. There are plenty of smaller players as well, including companies like CenturyLink and C Spire.EU

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