Verizon Business expands mesh network to Singapore

JANUARY 19, 2009 -- Verizon Business has deployed a seven-way mesh network across the Pacific Ocean using the newly activated Trans-Pacific Express cable network and other submarine cables; the Pacific mesh network now extends from Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and South Korea to Japan and the United States.

JANUARY 19, 2009 -- Verizon Business (search for Verizon Business) says it has deployed a technologically advanced network configuration in Singapore, one of the largest financial centers in South Asia, giving large-business and government customers significantly enhanced reliability for customer voice-and-data traffic and more diverse routes to move mission-critical traffic.

The network architecture, called meshing, provides additional network paths for rerouting traffic in the event of a cable cut or other network disruption. This Singapore expansion complements the Pacific mesh network deployment the company began in 2007.

Verizon Business deployed a seven-way mesh network across the Pacific Ocean using the newly activated Trans-Pacific Express cable network and other submarine cables.  The Pacific mesh network now extends from Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and South Korea to Japan and the United States.

The Pacific mesh design provides seven paths of diverse capacity, says the carrier, offering automatic restoration and real-time management of voice and data traffic on the Pacific undersea cable routes of Verizon Business' global network. The seven paths that constitute the mesh provide predictable latency--that is, the time it takes for data sent from its entry point in the network to reach its destination--in the event of a network disruption, something that is particularly important to business customers today.

"This mesh network design allows our multinational customers to continue receiving the high-quality network performance and reliability they expect from Verizon Business," contends Ihab Tarazi, vice president of global network planning. "We have seen a dramatic improvement in our overall network performance since we introduced meshing. Our Pacific mesh network is operating at 99.999% of network availability, and this is important to our large global financial customers."

In 2006, Verizon Business was the first service provider to deploy six-way diversity for services traversing cable systems in the Atlantic, say company representatives. In 2007, one additional segment was added to the Atlantic mesh network, which now provides a seven-way diversity for Verizon Business multinational customers.

"We will extend the enhanced diversity and reliability of a meshed network to India in 2009 to meet the growing demands of our global customers," adds Tarazi.

The Pacific mesh network gives Verizon Business significant flexibility of routing choices in the region. For example, if there is a natural disaster, like a major earthquake, Verizon Business can automatically reroute customer traffic to an equivalent available network path.

The company operates one of the largest global IP networks, which has more than 485,000 route miles spanning 159 countries across six continents, and is involved in more than 80 submarine cable networks carrying mission-critical traffic for multinational customers worldwide.


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