After deploying 100 Gbps optical technology on its optical core transmission networks in Europe, Verizon (NYSE:VZ) now wants to see how 100 GigE could fit into its Metro Ethernet network.
Verizon did not have to look far to conduct this field trial. Instead of installing new gear, the carrier simply leveraged the Alcatel-Lucent's 7450 ESS--the same gear it already uses in its Switched Ethernet Services (SES) network.
During the trial, the service provider simply installed new plug in cards to carry 100 GigE traffic over 12.7 km of field fiber in its Dallas area. SES currently supports both Ethernet LAN (E-LAN) and Ethernet Virtual Private Line (EVPL) metro services for enterprise and wholesale carrier customers.
What's driving Verizon to look at 100 Gbps Ethernet is twofold: increasing demands from its enterprise customers for higher speed SES services and, increasingly, Ethernet and fiber-based wireless backhaul.