Verizon Business Enhances Performance and Reliability on Global Network by Deploying Mesh Expansion to Singapore

SINGAPORE - Verizon Business has deployed a technologically advanced network configuration in Singapore, one of the largest financial centers in South Asia, giving large-business and government customers significantly enhanced reliability for customer voice-and-data traffic and more diverse routes to move mission-critical traffic.

The network architecture, called meshing, provides additional network paths for rerouting traffic in the event of a cable cut or other network disruption.  This Singapore expansion complements the Pacific mesh network deployment the company began in 2007.

Verizon Business deployed a seven-way mesh network across the Pacific Ocean, using the newly activated Trans-Pacific Express cable network and other submarine cables.  The Pacific mesh network now extends from Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea to Japan and the United States.

The Pacific mesh design provides seven paths of diverse capacity, offering automatic restoration and real-time management of voice and data traffic on the Pacific undersea cable routes of Verizon Business' global network.  The seven paths that constitute the mesh provide predictable latency - that is, the time it takes for data sent from its entry point in the network to reach its destination - in the event of a network disruption, something that is particularly important to business customers today.

"This mesh network design allows our multinational customers to continue receiving the high-quality network performance and reliability they expect from Verizon Business," said Ihab Tarazi, vice president of global network planning.  "We have seen a dramatic improvement in our overall network performance since we introduced meshing.  Our Pacific mesh network is operating at 99.999 percent of network availability, and this is important to our large global financial customers."

An industry leader in undersea meshing, Verizon Business in 2006 was the first service provider to deploy six-way diversity for services traversing cable systems in the Atlantic.  In 2007, one additional segment was added to the Atlantic mesh network which now provides a seven-way diversity for Verizon Business multinational customers.

"We will extend the enhanced diversity and reliability of a meshed network to India in 2009 to meet the growing demands of our global customers," Tarazi said.

The Pacific mesh network gives Verizon Business significant flexibility of routing choices in the region.  For example, if there is a natural disaster, like a major earthquake, Verizon Business can automatically reroute customer traffic to an equivalent available network path.

The company operates one of the largest global IP networks, which has more than 485,000 route miles spanning 159 countries across six continents, and is involved in more than 80 submarine cable networks carrying mission-critical traffic for multinational customers worldwide.

Verizon Business has ownership in more than 18 submarine cables in the Asia-Pacific region including: Japan-U.S. and China-U.S.; Southern Cross (U.S., New Zealand and Australia); SEA-ME-WE-4; and the Trans-Pacific Express network. Verizon Business is a founding partner and landing party in the Trans-Pacific Express Consortium which built the first next-generation undersea optical cable system directly linking the U.S. to mainland China, South Korea and Taiwan.  The TPE system uses the latest optical technology to provide greater capacity and higher speeds to meet the dramatic increase in demand for IP.

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