Verizon Hosts 800 Gbps Data on Single Fiber Wavelength

By Telecom Tech Outlook | Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Hosting 800G trial on its live network was remarkable for Verizon as it showed equipment interoperability from two different vendors

Fremont, CA: Verizon, in association with Ciena and Juniper Networks, recently completed a test that pushed 800Gbps of data across a single fiber wavelength. Hosting 800G trial on its live network was remarkable for Verizon as it showed equipment interoperability from two different vendors. It is proved in the trial that the normal capacity that's carried on a wavelength can be quadrupled.

The test traffic was transmitted between two Ciena 6500 platforms powered by Ciena's WaveLogic 5 Extreme (WL5e) coherent optics and two Juniper Networks QFX 5220 packet platforms.

Top 10 Telecom Operations Management Solution Companies - 2020"In the past, we needed to combine multiple wavelengths to achieve 800 Gbps capacity," said Kevin Smith, vice president of technology and planning for Verizon, in a statement. "Now, with the new optics configuration from Ciena and Juniper Networks on our fiber network, we are advancing our connecting layer of fiber to prepare for the explosion of data we know will come along with 5G's transformational impact on industries and consumers. And being the only provider in the industry with that capacity on a single wavelength allows us to deliver the service at a much lower cost per bit."

5G promises to connect billions of devices while moving terabytes of data. To carry the process effectively, it needs advanced fiber-optic transport on the backend to serve new applications such as virtual reality, video streaming, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and cloud computing.

The use of coherent optics and gear from Ciena and Juniper signals the move towards more lower-cost, software-driven, and automated networks with tunable capacity from 200 Gbps to 800 Gbps per wavelength. This increased network speed enables service providers like Verizon to optimize their capacity to serve any length of distance, adjust the increasing traffic demand, and maximize their efficiencies.

"As network traffic continues to grow sharply, driven by video and other new 5G uses cases, it's imperative for communications service providers and infrastructure vendors to work closely together for rapid innovation," said Juniper Networks' Sally Bament, vice president, cloud and service provider marketing, in a statement.

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