Nationwide Verizon 100G Ethernet Closer to Reality

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Verizon says it has completed another 100G technology milestone.

The communications giant has successfully completed a test of 100G traffic over its regional Ethernet network between two 100G network interface devices (NIDs) while maintaining carrier-grade performance.

An NID is typically located at a customer’s premises to connect it to the service provider’s network.

The trial consisted of transmitting 100G traffic for 4.6 miles over the Verizon regional switched Ethernet services network in the Dallas area. Splice Communications, a Verizon Global Wholesale customer, provided connectivity to CyrusOne, a global data center provider that served as the end user in the trial.

“This accomplishment, which we believe is an industry first, is a significant step forward along the evolution of 100G technology in preparation for the day when demand for higher network speed and capacities outgrows current technologies," said Guru Pai, chief product officer and senior vice president of corporate technology. “Having 100G network access will be important for businesses that operate data centers and for mobile backhaul and other service applications."

Performance results for key metrics were well above industry standards for Ethernet virtual connections, Verizon said. The metrics consisted of frame delay, the amount of time it takes for an Ethernet frame – a unit of packetized, formatted information – to reach its destination; delay variation, how much the delay varies from frame to frame; and throughput, the amount of data successfully delivered.

The growing demand for higher bandwidth comes from capacity needed to stay ahead of such things as cloud services, 4G LTE mobile technology and collaboration services. This technology trial provides the necessary level of performance to meet both 100G traffic demand and customer requirements and expectations, Verizon said.

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