Telecommunications giant Verizon (NYSE:VZ, news, filings) is planning to take another step down the 100G path. Last year the company deployed a 100G optical transmission system in Europe on the 893km route between Paris and Frankfurt. Now, by the end of 2010, they will deploy a standards-based 100 Gigabit Ethernet link on that same route for its IP network. The solution will use Juniper's routers and Ciena's coherent optical transport solution, allowing them to establish 100GE connections between routers.
So 100GE is now here, but just barely. It remains to be seen just when the economics will be ready for widescale deployment. Having 100G pipes as a building block will allow carriers to more efficiently manage the operation and expansion of its network. It will be of greatest value to those providers who are nearest to fiber-exhaust, allowing them to boost their maximum capacity substantially. But it's still going to be a year or two before it really gets going.
But why on the Paris-Frankfurt route and not in the USA? We want our 100GE too! Hmmm, perhaps someone will give it a shot on the NYC-Chicago route.