NTT America Looking to 100G

January 11th, 2010 by · Leave a Comment

There’s a nice article with comments from NTT America’s  CTO Doug Junkins over on Enterprise Networking Planet.  Amongst the interesting bits are that the company’s capex budget will be some 20-30% higher in 2010 than in 2009 in response to continuing traffic growth.  On their transpacific routes – which now include the Pacific Crossing cable, their lit capacity will reach 320Gbps this month and likely 500Gbps by the end of the year.  But the most interesting portion is NTT America’s growing interest in 100G.  

I say that because NTT America’s infrastructure begins at the wavelength level, they do not own substantial fiber infrastructure.  Therefore if NTT is going to 100G, it means they are hoping to buy 100G waves commercially soon, which is a different thing than having Verizon light a route or two for its own use.  The company has been preparing for 100G for a while of course, upgrading its Juniper core routers and finalizing its next generation Ethernet platform.

Overall though, it’s just great news to see another major carrier preparing to spend more money on its infrastructure this year.  Time to shift from defense back to offense!

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