This morning, Verizon (NYSE:VZ, news, filings) announced a commercial 100G ULH deployment between Paris and Frankfurt. No, not a plan to work together with someone to investigate possibly thinking about trying out some gear, they have actually deployed within a production network. That does seem to win them the blue ribbon in the race to commercialize 100G. As for commercial viability, with just one link who can tell? Regardless, they did it, and a quick check of the calendar says it is still 2009!
The 100G link is supporting Verizon Business's Private IP products, which means it isn't part of the public internet but there's no reason it couldn't be. The technology behind it is that of Nortel, which may be part of Ciena in a few months if things go the way they are expected to. In other words it is over a single channel, not a bunch of aggregated 10G pipes. No doubt we will be hearing from some of the other 100G projects soon in response.
Now, we might ask just how ultra-longhaul the route between Paris and Frankfurt really is (less than 300 miles as the crow flies, 500 or so miles through the conduits), but that'd be a bit too picky. Verizon didn't talk about when it will implement 100G on a second segment, but again it's enough that they've taken the plunge. For now, let's just hope that 100G is here and that this snowball is now officially rolling down the hill. When 2010 arrives we will look for more than that.