Verizon (NYSE:VZ, news, filings) has been the main early adopter of 100G technology in US terrestrial deployments so far, and today they took another step along that path. The telecommunications giant says it will be upgrading its IP backbone in major markets across the country by deploying the CRS-3 from Cisco closer to the edge.
Verizon is seeing traffic growth both from the mobile space and from its FIOS deployment, which offers some of the highest last mile bandwidth to the consumer market around. Deploying 100G deeper into the IP network will let them simplify operations. The CRS-3 systems will be deployed in the first half of 2012.
We don't hear as much from the wireline division of Verizon as we once did, but in adopting 100G they have been quite active. They have been rolling out 100G wavelengths on selected routes all year. Taking full advantage of the larger pipes in their IP infrastructure is obviously the next step.
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