Verizon, MCI to interconnect ULH networks

March 9, 2006 Basking Ridge, NJ -- Verizon Business announced that it has surpassed 20,000 deployment miles in providing what the company deems the largest ULH network footprint for government and enterprise customers in the U.S. The company says the achievement aligns with its current strategy of coast-to-coast interconnection of the legacy ULH networks of Verizon Global Network Services and MCI, set for completion by the third quarter of this year.

March 9, 2006 Basking Ridge, NJ -- Verizon Business says it has achieved "a significant milestone" in the deployment of its ultra long haul (ULH) network, by surpassing 20,000 deployment miles in providing what the company deems the largest ULH network footprint for government and enterprise customers in the U.S.

The company says the achievement aligns with its current strategy of coast-to-coast interconnection, set for completion by the third quarter of this year, of the legacy ULH networks of Verizon Global Network Services and MCI. The company says the completed UHL network will support equipment, route, and site diversity in most areas.

"When MCI joined the Verizon family just 60 days ago, the company made a commitment...to provide the best network possible by continuing aggressive network deployment," remarks Fred Briggs, executive vice president of network operations and technology for Verizon Business. "[We] will continue to build on the significant progress we've already made...to ensure our customers receive the best end-to-end global communications solutions in the industry."

The ULH DWDM transport optical network supports OC-768 core capacity with transmission speeds up to 40 Gbit/sec, carrying IP, MPLS, and SONET/SDH services. The company says it expects to add 2,600 more miles to the network this year.

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