Verizon Expands 100G Packet Optical Network to Metros to Support Exponential Traffic Growth

Verizon Expands 100G Packet Optical Network to Metros to Support Exponential Traffic Growth Image Credit: Verizon

Verizon has selected Ciena and Cisco to support its advanced 100G Metro Network to address the company's exponential traffic growth and to meet its mission of offering its customers high-capacity video and wireless solutions. The network will leverage Ciena's and Cisco's scalable, packet-optimized transport solutions. 

Verizon will 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, with plans to turn up live traffic in 2016. The largest mobile operator in the US believes that the new architecture gives the company the same advantages in its metro network that it has seen in its 100G long-haul network, including increased capacity, superior latency and improved scalability. 

Kelly Ahuja, SVP, Cisco’s Service Provider Business Group
Verizon and Cisco are long-standing technology and business partners, and we are pleased to play a key role in Verizon’s optical network modernization program. Cisco has made key investments in next-generation optical technologies to enable Verizon to realize its vision to transform its network architecture to achieve the speed and operational efficiency required to meet the demands of today, while capturing growth opportunities over the next decade.

Francois Locoh-Donou, SVP, Global Products Group, Ciena
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. Leveraging the latest capabilities in our 6500 platform for metro applications where density, scale and cost are equally important, Verizon will benefit from an end-to-end solution that can deliver a truly on-demand experience for its customers.

Lee Hicks, VP, Verizon Network Planning
Deploying a new coherent, optimized and highly scalable metro network means Verizon stays ahead of the growth trajectory while providing an even more robust network infrastructure for future demand. Ciena and Cisco met not only our technology requirements but the aggressive timeline to deploy our next-generation 100G-and-above metro network.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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