To meet the growing demand for high speed access, Verizon Business is quadrupling the standard speed on its backbone network circuits connecting major U.S. cities to 40 Gbps.
The most common standard for deployed high-speed circuits is 10 Gbps.
Verizon Business has deployed one of the first router-to-router 40 Gbps (OC-768) circuits carrying live traffic... These fully functional 40 Gbps (gigabits per second) interconnections between backbone routers are carrying production Internet traffic between Washington, D.C., and Chicago as well as production voice, data and video traffic on Verizon's multi protocol label switching (MPLS) network between Washington, D.C., and New York City.
Verizon Business plans to deploy additional 40 Gbps transmission spans and circuits on its U.S. domestic network through the end of the year and into 2008.
Not only that, but it appears that Verizon Business will also begin an aggressive rollout of its next-generation optical transport network in Europe next month.
The first phase will include ultra long-haul (ULH) equipment deployed on the core backbone network routes... which will support speeds up to 40 gigabits per second (Gbps).
It looks like the big boys are starting to deploy 40 Gbps in earnest. 100 Gbps can't be that far off either.
Moving from 10 Gbps to 40 Gbps is a huge increase. The question remains -- is it adequate enough to keep up with our ever-increasing appetite for bandwidth? Do you think you will even notice the speed boast?
Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.