Verizon begins backbone convergence
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Verizon begins backbone convergence
Verizon (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) has begun work on converging its four packet backbone networks into a single global IP infrastructure based on MPLS, Executive Vice President and CTO Tony Melone told attendees yesterday at TIA 2012: Inside the Network during his keynote address.In a session with reporters and analysts after his address, Melone said the strategy was to build a new 100-Gbps backbone and migrate the four existing backbones onto it to reduce cost per bit. He described the process as “multi-year,” but noted that “few things of this type take more than three or four years.”The current four backbones cover private, public, wireless data, and switched Ethernet applications, he said.Multiple vendors will supply hardware for the effort, with Melone citing Alcatel-Lucent, Ciena, Cisco, and Juniper Networks as major players. Asked about a preferred technology direction to achieve the convergence, and IP/optical convergence specifically, Melone responded that Verizon likely will use a variety of approaches based on the part of the network in question. No one approach will dominate, he indicated.
XG-PON1 10G GPON may not be enough for Verizon
While Verizon (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) has taken several versions of XG-PON technology for a spin (see "Verizon tests XG PON 10G GPON with Huawei equipment," “Verizon's second field trial of 10 Gbps XG-PON FTTP affirms FiOS network design,” and “Verizon field trials XG-PON2 from Alcatel-Lucent”), the company has its eyes on faster speeds than the 10 Gbps downstream and 2.5 Gbps upstream XG-PON1 gear will provide.Speaking to reporters and analysts yesterday after delivering a keynote address at the TIA 2012: Inside the Network event in Dallas, Verizon Executive Vice President and CTO Tony Melone said that the carrier has not yet chosen the technology that eventually will replace the GPON systems currently in its network. Melone said he would prefer platforms that could support downstream speeds of 40 Gbps and upstream rates of 10 Gbps – 4X the capacity of XG-PON1.Melone added it’s unlikely Verizon will deploy symmetrical 10-Gbps technology. But he stressed that Verizon has not dismissed XG-PON1 completely, saying such platforms could be used as an interim step toward the 40G/10G goal if such higher-speed GPON systems were not available when Verizon is ready to upgrade. He didn’t say when such upgrades would be required.
Calient, Cyan partner for CDC ROADM deployment
All-optical switch vendor CALIENT Technologies, Inc. and packet-optical transport platform developer Cyan Inc. will collaborate to provide Minnesota Telecom’s Northeast Service Cooperative (NESC) with colorless, directionless, and contentionless (CDC) ROADMs based on their respective technologies.NESC will deploy the ROADMs in 14 nodes within its 915-mile network as part of a network expansion project funded via $43.5 million from the broadband stimulus program. The CDC ROADMs will feature CALIENT’s S320 3D MEMS photonic switch working with Cyan’s Z77 packet-optical transport platform, all under the control of Cyan 360 operational software. NESC will deploy additional Z77 platforms without the CDC features closer to the network edge, says Frank Wiener, Cyan’s vice president of marketing.The network is designed for remote provisioning, reconfiguration, and troubleshooting, according to CALIENT’s Daniel Tardent, director of product marketing. For example, the photonic switches can be used to cut in OTDRs from the Network Operations Center. The goal, said Tardent, is to limit truck rolls to instances of equipment failure.CALIENT introduced the S320 switch at OFC/NFOEC this past March (see “Calient debuts high-density photonic switch for data centers”). The switches can support 320x320 ports – and the CDC ROADM nodes likely will require most if not all of them. For example, the ring will support 40 wavelengths, which means 40 ports for eastbound and another 40 for westbound traffic. In addition, NESC plans to offer both 1-Gbps and 10-Gbps services, so nodes will need to be available to switch traffic through the appropriately configured transponders and muxponders. And that doesn’t include the ports necessary to accommodate traffic on the customer-facing portion of the node.Tardent and Wiener said that they see additional opportunities for CDC ROADMs using their respective systems. However, they declined to discuss how they might address these opportunities, noting that the two companies haven’t announced any formal partnership.Tardent says deployment of the CDC ROADMs has already begun. The goal of the open access network is to provide service providers with connectivity to more than 340,000 residents and hundreds of schools, colleges, clinics, hospitals, libraries, critical services government agencies, tribal governments, and telecommunications partners in northwest Minnesota.“The Northeast Service Cooperative is a key regional resource for education, health care, information technology and economic development in Northeast Minnesota,” said Paul Brinkman, executive director of NESC and CEO of Minnesota Telecom, via a press announcement describing the deployment. “Our mission to bring much-needed high-speed data services to such a diverse, rural area has been a collaborative effort among our members and partners. The flexibility and scalability of the Cyan/CALIENT network solution uniquely solves the challenges of this project and we’re excited to be the first application to successfully deploy this architecture.
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