Verizon to transform global network into higher-capacity platform
Verizon currently has more than 2,000 optical transport platforms (OTP's) deployed in key metro and regional locations in the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The latest optical switching gear also can handle traditional, time-division multiplexing (TDM) transmissions or packet traffic, leading to a single, high-capacity intelligent network.
The packet optical transport platform (P-OTP) network, a multi-year endeavor, will enhance service delivery performance, reliability and resiliency for voice, data and video services to Verizon's consumer, business and wholesale customers around the world. Packet switching transmits digitized data in blocks called packets.
Verizon has said that growth of data, voice and video communications is driving the need for more capacity and better performance. The P-OTP network helps on both fronts. OTP also improves performance, provisioning and efficiency by routing wavelengths without the typical optical-to-electrical-to-optical conversion that can affect the quality of the signal.
Complementing Verizon's metro and regional packet OTP strategy is Verizon's Ultra Long Haul (ULH) network. The company claims that ULH also reduces the need for regeneration equipment, lowering operational expenses as well as the number of active components in the network. Verizon has plans to integrate packet capabilities into its ULH network by early 2011.
Mark Wegleitner, senior vice president of technology for Verizon, said: “Since 2003, we've invested in our network with a goal of combining transport capacity with packet flexibility. With packet OTP, we create the foundation for enhanced service delivery, performance, reliability and resiliency for customers of all sizes.”
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