Verizon has completed a First Office Application (FOA) of the 200G technology by successfully deploying Ciena’s WaveLogic coherent optical processors, the latest in optical transceiver technology. According to Verizon, the 200G wavelength was provisioned in early December over approximately 200 miles on Verizon’s ultra-long-haul production network between Boston and New York. Verizon added that the 200G technology was successfully integrated with existing network infrastructure without impacting live customer traffic carried on the same network and without making costly modifications to the existing fiber or network equipment.
Verizon said that the FOA also validated the ability to double spectral efficiency by using 16QAM (quadrature amplitude modulation) on a single wavelength with the typical 50GHz channel spacing that doubles the number of bits per wavelength, allowing for twice the data to be encoded when compared with standard 100G technology. Verizon claims that they have been a leader in high-bit-rate technology and was the first global carrier to deploy 100G technology on an ultra-long-haul route in 2009.
Ed Chan, Senior Vice President of Network Infrastructure Planning at Verizon
As more and more of our lives are performed online -- by consumers and businesses alike -- the need for flexible and more efficient ways to carry traffic is essential. Moving toward 200G technology is critical to stay ahead of traffic growth driven by activities such as online video, LTE 4G and cloud usage.
Francois Locoh-Donou, Senior Vice President, Global Products Group, Ciena
Building on the success of last year’s 200G trial, this is a significant step in Verizon’s ongoing efforts to deploy leading-edge optical capabilities across its network to deliver on-demand, high-bandwidth services.