This is definitely looking like the year 100G goes mainstream, as operators large and small are starting to deploy it for real. This morning it was the independent European metro fiber operator euNetworks (SIN:H23, news), which has taken the plunge for its intercity network.
euNetworks has always viewed its intercity fiber as an enable for its metro assets. Their intercity 100G upgrade boosts their capabilities between eight of their largest metro markets: London, Manchester, and Dublin on the British Isles, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, and Hamburg in Germany, and of course Paris and Amsterdam. euNetworks is busy integrating the LambdaNet and TeraGate assets, which have given the company much greater scale. But the primary driver behind the 100G upgrade is probably the financial vertical.
euNetworks is using coherent optical gear from Ciena (NASDAQ:CIEN, news, filings) to power the upgrade, enabling them to mix new 100G links alongside existing 40G channels. Ciena has been waiting patiently for its early mover position for 100G to translate into the growth needed to have their big bet on buying Nortel MEN to pay off, perhaps this will be the year at last.