Verizon Global Wholesale enhances Optical Wave Service

MAY 24, 2010 -- Verizon Global Wholesale has announced enhancements of its Optical Wave Service. The upgrades are designed to enable carrier customers to diversify their services, offer new high-speed data links, and leverage the value of highly reliable ring topologies.

May 24th, 2010

MAY 24, 2010 -- Verizon Global Wholesale has announced enhancements of its Optical Wave Service. The upgrades are designed to enable carrier customers to diversify their services, offer new high-speed data links, and leverage the value of highly reliable ring topologies.

Verizon’s Optical Wave Service aims to deliver wavelength services with versatile point-to-point links. Because the Optical Wave Service is transparent, wholesale customers can directly monitor network performance and alarms.

“Our goal in creating new Optical Wave Service enhancements is to expand our fiber-based transport services using the power of our metropolitan networks and the reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexers (ROADMs) that power them so that our point-to-point wavelength services can deliver extremely high-quality and very cost-effective transport,” said Matthew Duckworth, director of product marketing for Verizon Global Wholesale. “This is just the beginning of our efforts to continue to meet our wholesale customers’ needs for bandwidth and reliable transport services that will help them succeed in the marketplace.”

One of the new enhancements enables the Optical Wave Service (OWS) to interconnect with Verizon’s SONET ring services (for example, IntelliLight Optical Transport Service and Integrated Optical Service). The enhancement enables ring customers to further embed and expand their network capabilities into a region with the provisioning of OWS circuits that run off of the ring at Verizon switching centers, avoiding the more costly connection process that requires adding nodes to a ring. With provisioning, the capacity of the metro rings can be expanded less expensively and traffic fed onto the rings more economically, dropping the per-bit cost of data services, Verizon says.

Meanwhile, carriers providing point-to-point data services also now have the option of a 10-Gbps channelized (or multiplexed) wave service back to a point of presence that allows them to aggregate lower speed services at a Verizon switching center location onto the 10-Gbps channelized wave service. In addition, customers can also deliver OWS from a customer premises into a collocation space.

Finally, Verizon has quadrupled the amount of bandwidth it can provide, from 10 Gbps to 40 Gbps. The new 40-Gbps capacity, interfaced as an OC-768c link, is the first introduction of this capacity in a point-to-point offering, Verizon asserts.

“This is an initial round of improvements we believe our wholesale customers will find attractive and helpful, as they go about the business of serving their customers effectively and economically,” Duckworth said. “When technology enables these kinds of improvements, it is incumbent on us to be creative and market new options to our customers.”

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