FEBRUARY 9, 2009 -- Verizon Business (search Lightwave for Verizon Business) says that it plans this year to strengthen its global network foundation by investing in network projects in "nearly every region of the world." These plans are designed to improve its networks in North America, Australia, India, China, Japan, and Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA).
Verizon Communications says invested $17.2 billion in its wireline and wireless networks worldwide last year.
Verizon Business asserts its enterprise network currently spans six continents and delivers services to customers in 2,700 cities and more than 150 countries, including 96% percent of the Fortune 1000, and more than 75 U.S. government agencies and "numerous" state agencies. In 2008 Verizon Business sales of strategic enterprise services -- such as security and IT services and professional and managed Internet Protocol (IP) services -- increased 16% over 2007.
Strategic global network plans for 2009 include expansions of private IP/ MPLS, converged packet architecture, submarine cable systems, and optical global mesh architecture.
Private IP/MPLS deployment
Verizon Business says it will expand its MPLS network with new and diverse nodes in:
- South Asia
- North Asia
- the United States
- the Middle East.
Converged packet architecture
Expanding its converged packet architecture (CPA) network to 87 markets in 27 countries in 2008, Verizon Business will add more CPA sites this year. CPA enables convergence of services onto a single packet access connection via a simple Ethernet interface. This is designed to give customers the ability to move seamlessly from legacy TDM to packet-based technology, resulting in improved efficiency. New CPA locations this year will include:
- Japan (Tokyo and Osaka)
- Taiwan (Taipei)
- South Korea (Seoul)
- Hong Kong
- Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, and Canberra)
- India (Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, New Delhi, and Hyderabad).
With participation in more than 80 submarine cables in the world, Verizon Business will continue strategic investments in submarine cable capacity. The on-time completion in 2008 of the first phase of the 17,000-km Trans-Pacific Express cable network from the U.S. to mainland China, South Korea, and Taiwan paved the way for the second phase of the TPE cable, which is expected to land in Japan in early 2010. Verizon Business is the only U.S.-based company that is an original charter member of the Trans-Pacific Express Consortium.
Verizon Business also is a lead member of the Europe India Gateway (EIG) Consortium. EIG is the first direct, high-bandwidth fiber-optic submarine cable system to be built connecting the United Kingdom, the Middle East, and India.
Verizon Business will be one of the terminal parties for the more than $700 million EIG cable. The company will provide a cable terminal facility in Marseille, France for the 15,000-km cable. This will give the EIG direct connectivity to the Verizon Business network in Europe, as well as provide significant redundancy in cable stations and routing.
Verizon Business expects to have its terminal ready for the installation of EIG equipment installation in the third quarter 2009. When the EIG system is ready for service in 2010, it will provide additional capacity and diversity to the Middle East and India.
Optical global mesh expansion
Having implemented a seven-way mesh technology on its Atlantic and Pacific submarine cable routes, Verizon Business plans to expand its global mesh network to India and Egypt. The company also will continue optical-mesh architecture expansion in the U.S. and Canada. The mesh-network architecture uses additional paths for rerouting traffic in the event of a cable cut or other network disruption. Verizon Business says its mesh network achieves availability rates exceeding 99.999%.
Additional major network projects scheduled for 2009 include:
- the second phase of the India network expansion
- expansion of the ultra-long-haul (ULH) network in the U.S. and Europe
- deployment of ROADM technology used to remotely configure wavelengths on the network allowing for faster provisioning and trouble isolation
- implementation of packet-optical transport platform (P-OTP) network design
- deployment of 40-Gbps technology on additional selected network routes for the private IP and public IP networks
- continued testing of 100-Gbps capabilities in an effort to move the industry toward production-quality 100 Gbps in 2010
- expansion of new data centers in the United Kingdom and Hong Kong and additional capacity at "numerous" other data centers
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