100 Gb/sec Networks No Longer A Pipe Dream: JANET Education & Research Network @100GE!

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.

Verizon to deploy 100 Gbps on three U.S. routes .

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.

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  1. China Telecom has joined AT&T and Verizon as the latest service provider to deploy 100 Gbps within its backbone network.

    Built in conjunction with Alcatel-Lucent’s Shanghai Bell unit, which provided the incumbent carrier with its 7750 Service Router and 5620 Service Aware Manager, the new 100 Gbps capabilities will serve as a backbone for China’s growing broadband appetite.

    A big broadband driver in China will center on Fiber to the X (FTTx). Although current FTTx penetration has only reached 4 percent, an Ovum Group report revealed that there will be “100 million subscribers by 2016, which will then represent more than 50 percent of the world’s fiber subscribers.”

    Read more: China Telecom makes 100 Gbps move with Alcatel-Lucent – FierceTelecom http://www.fiercetelecom.com/story/china-telecom-makes-100-gbps-move-alcatel-lucent/2011-07-12#ixzz1S05lp4nw
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  2. SURFnet taps Ciena for Carrier Ethernet upgrade

    Ciena Corp. and SURFnet, which oversees the national research and education network of the Netherlands, will collaborate on SURFnet7, an optical network upgrade that will add enhanced Ethernet capabilities to the research network. Ciena will supply both Carrier Ethernet switches and its OneControl Unified Management System as part of the upgrade.

    The SURFnet network already leverages optical optical and packet switching equipment from Ciena (see, for example, “SURFnet adds 100 Gbps, ROADM, packet-optical transport via Ciena gear”). The SURFnet7 upgrade, part of the government-funded GigaPort3 project, focuses on flexibility and scalability in the Ethernet layer. SURFnet expects to be able to easily create and deliver tailored Ethernet services for its network users, supported by Layer 2/3 performance monitoring and troubleshooting tools, when the upgrade has been completed. SURFnet and Ciena expect to test the new Ethernet network layer later this year, then upgrade approximately 300 sites during 2012.

    Ciena will supply its 5410 Service Aggregation Switch as well as 3940 and 3960 Service Delivery Switches as part of the SURFnet7 project. The 5410 supports both 40- and 100-Gigabit Ethernet traffic.


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