Verizon has been chosen by UK Education and research network JANET to help upgrade its network to deliver broadband access at speeds of 100Gb/sec (100 gigabits per second). The network overhaul, which will enable JANET to more efficiently collaborate with other academic institutions, builds on earlier 100Gb/sec tests conducted by the organizations in 2009. Also contributing to the deployment will be Alcatel-Lucent, Ciena and Juniper Networks.
Under the terms of the agreement, Verizon will share their engineering and network expertise with JANET(UK). The company thinks that this partnership will provide the U.K. academic community with an opportunity to use the latest technology available in the marketplace. As noted earlier in this news story, Verizon and JANET had previously conducted trials of 100G b/sec connectivity as far back as 2009. This was before the IEEE 802.3 40G/100G Ethernet standard was ratified in the Fall of 2010.
Jeremy Sharp, head of JANET (UK)’s strategic technologies division, said, “We are widely recognised as having a critical role to play in the UK’s future economic prosperity. At a time when research and education is being asked to do more with less, this is a great example of how technology can not only be innovative, but also power innovation.”
Earlier this year, Lightwave reported that Verizon had plans to deploy 100-Gigabit Ethernet technology in its U.S. long-haul network. The carrier will use routers from Juniper Networks and optical transport platforms from Ciena – as its current 100-Gbps optical network link between Paris and Frankfurt.
Author’s Note: 100G Ethernet has been a focus topic at IEEE ComSocSCV (www.comsocscv.org) meetings in Oct 2010 and next week- July 13, 2011. ComSocSCV June meeting looked at SCU’s Campus Network Architecture and Evolution. All our meetings are free and open to the public.