Verizon Business Launches Live Traffic on 40 Gbps IP Circuits

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. - To meet the growing demand for faster, better performance, Verizon Business is quadrupling the standard speed on its backbone network circuits connecting major U.S. cities.

Verizon Business has deployed one of the first router-to-router 40 Gbps (OC-768) circuits carrying live traffic using Juniper Networks high-performance T-series core routers. These fully functional 40 Gbps (gigabits per second) interconnections between backbone routers are carrying production Internet traffic between Washington, D.C., and Chicago as well as production voice, data and video traffic on Verizon's multi protocol label switching (MPLS) network between Washington, D.C., and New York City.

Verizon Business plans to deploy additional 40 Gbps transmission spans and circuits on its U.S. domestic network through the end of the year and into 2008. The most common standard deployed today for high-speed circuits is 10 Gbps.

"Moving from 10 Gbps to 40 Gbps demonstrates Verizon Business' commitment to meet our customer needs and invest in state-of-the art technology that takes our backbone infrastructure to the next level," said Fred Briggs, executive vice president of network operations and technology for Verizon Business. "Aggregating IP traffic onto one 40 Gbps wavelength means not only higher traffic throughput, but lower latency and reduced jitter, which translates into enhanced performance and responsiveness for Verizon Business customers."

Verizon's FiOS success, explosion of Gigabit Ethernet customer access circuits, expansion of voice-over-IP services, and rapid growth of Internet traffic around the world all continue to push the demand for faster routers and higher capacity in Verizon Business' backbone.

"With the T-series and JUNOS software, we're helping Verizon Business achieve its objectives of leading the industry in next-generation IP performance and leveraging IP/MPLS technology in the core of the network to best serve its customers," said Kim Perdikou, executive vice president and general manager, Infrastructure Products Group, Juniper Networks. "As consumers continue to increase the adoption of broadband access, while at the same time requiring increased performance for high-bandwidth applications, Juniper enables our customers to keep pace with escalating business requirements, while controlling costs as they scale."

Juniper Networks T-series delivers the unique combination of advanced routing features, world-class IP/MPLS capabilities, as well as the reliability and scalability needed to make it an ideal platform for high-performance core applications. With TX Matrix technology, the T-series provides a seamless migration path to enable providers to scale to multi-terabit speeds. The T-series routing platforms provide a comprehensive range of fiber-optic and electrical transmission interfaces, including Ethernet, ATM, Channelized, SONET and serial interfaces.

Deploying the T-series with 40 Gbps technology not only increases the performance of the Verizon Business network and its total capacity, but also helps the company control network equipment costs including installation, operations and maintenance.

About Verizon Business
Verizon Business, a unit of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ), is a leading provider of advanced communications and information technology (IT) solutions to large business and government customers worldwide.  Combining unsurpassed global network reach with advanced communications, security and other professional service capabilities, Verizon Business delivers innovative and seamless business solutions to customers around the world.  For more information, visit www.verizonbusiness.com.

About Juniper Networks
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