Lucent Technologies today announced a three-year agreement with Verizon to expand the capacity of Verizon's regional inter-office core network throughout the United States. Verizon has named Lucent its exclusive provider for future deployments of ring DWDM technology.
Lucent will provide Verizon with its Metropolis Enhanced Optical Networking (EON), a DWDM metro optical system designed to eliminate bottlenecks in metropolitan networks caused by increasing data traffic needs of its customers. According to Lucent representatives, the company's ring-based optical networking solution will allow Verizon to expand the bandwidth of its existing network and cost effectively deliver new revenue-generating, high-speed services such as Gigabit Ethernet and interoperable storage solutions to its customers.
Verizon's network deployment will begin in Philadelphia later this spring, as a first office application with future rollouts targeted at large data market areas throughout the United States.
A 32-channel DWDM system, Metropolis EON supports a range of rates from 16 Mbits/sec to speeds of 10 Gbits/sec, the latter of which is the equivalent of transmitting a 2 million-page document every second. Metropolis EON's ring architecture also offers improved service reliability and provides business continuity services for backups and disaster recovery by having multiple data centers online and synchronized.
The Metropolis portfolio includes two categories of next-generation products based on the most common types of metro networks--SONET/SDH and WDM. Lucent designed its Metropolis portfolio so service providers can choose the solution that best accommodates their existing networks allowing them to bring new services to market quickly and cost effectively.
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