Verizon Plans Bandwidth-on-Demand Service to Speed Circuit Provisioning

Verizon Partner Solutions has plans to trial a new technology that will reduce the time it takes to establish high-capacity circuits including DS3, SONET and Ethernet, the company announced recently.

The trial involves a technology and process known as bandwidth-on-demand within optical networks. The new process will enable wholesale customers to order and establish additional capacity to meet their end users needs more quickly, Verizon said.

One of our top priorities is finding ways to continually improve how we serve our customers, said Quintin Lew, Verizon Partner Solutions vice president. Once this initial test is successful, well be able to react very quickly to customer needs, along with providing high-quality, reliable telecom services.

At the core of the new bandwidth-on-demand service is a process known as control-plane technology. The new functionality allows electronic devices within optical networks to easily communicate with each other in the same way SS7 signaling allows switches to communicate with each other within traditional voice telephone networks.

When control-plane functionality is activated on a device in an optical network known as a next-generation add/drop multiplexer, it becomes what is known in the industry as an intelligent network element. It can then communicate with other interconnected control-plane enabled network elements in much the same way a router communicates within a network. A request for a new circuit can be forwarded to a single control plane-enabled network element. The request will be routed to the appropriate endpoints of the proposed circuit, and intermediate control-plane network elements will be queried for available bandwidth for establishing the end-to-end circuit. Once the circuit path has been determined, cross-connects are established in each network element and the equipment options for the service are established within a matter of minutes. After the new circuit is established, the control-plane technology remains in the system and automatically re-routes data and voice traffic around a problem in the circuit. Control-plane technology also offers the ability to make bandwidth adjustments to an existing circuit to meet evolving needs; split-second re-routing of traffic around network problems; and better network utilization.

Verizon Partner Solutions expects to conduct its trial for about six months and follow with a commercial launch.

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