Verizon Global Wholesale Adds Optical Wave Service Enhancements for Carrier Customers

Verizon Global Wholesale is infusing its Optical Wave Service with various enhancements so carrier customers can diversify their services, offer new high-speed data links and leverage the value of highly reliable ring topologies.

Verizon's Optical Wave Service delivers highly efficient wavelength services with versatile point-to-point links.  Carriers leverage this transport capacity to offer their end-user customers the bandwidth needed for today's ever-increasing data traffic consumption to and from the Internet and between business facilities.  In addition, Optical Wave Service is a transparent service, allowing wholesale customers to directly monitor network performance and alarms.

"Our goal in creating new Optical Wave Service enhancements is to expand our fiber-based transport services, using the power of our metropolitan networks and the reconfigurable optical add drop multiplexers (ROADM) that power them so that our point-to-point wavelength services can deliver extremely high-quality and very cost-effective transport," said Matthew Duckworth, director of product marketing for Verizon Global Wholesale.  "This is just the beginning of our efforts to continue to meet our wholesale customers' needs for bandwidth and reliable transport services that will help them succeed in the marketplace."

OWS to the Ring

A key enhancement allows the Optical Wave Service to interconnect with Verizon's SONET ring services (for example, IntelliLight Optical Transport Service and Integrated Optical Service).  The enhancement enables ring customers to further embed and expand their network capabilities into a region with the simple provisioning of OWS circuits that run off of the ring at Verizon switching centers, avoiding the more costly connection process, which requires adding nodes to a ring.  With provisioning, the capacity of the metro rings can be expanded less expensively and traffic fed onto the rings more economically, dropping the per-bit cost of data services.

10G OWS Facilities with Multiplex Wave Service on One End

Carriers providing point-to-point data services now have the option of a 10G channelized (or multiplexed) wave service back to a point of presence that allows them to aggregate lower speed services at a Verizon switching center location onto the 10G channelized wave service.  In addition, customers can also deliver Optical Wave Service from a customer premises into a collocation space.

40 Gbps Point-to-Point Transport

With Optical Wave Service, Verizon quadruples the amount of bandwidth it can provide, leaping from 10 Gbps to 40 Gbps.  This new 40 Gbps capacity interfaced as an OC768c link, is the first introduction of this capacity in a point-to-point offering. This service gives the kind of bandwidth carriers require to create enormous capacity transport options for its customers at not just better speeds but better prices. 

"This is an initial round of improvements we believe our wholesale customers will find attractive and helpful, as they go about the business of serving their customers effectively and economically," Duckworth said.  "When technology enables these kinds of improvements, it is incumbent on us to be creative and market new options to our customers."

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, NASDAQ:VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers.  Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving nearly 93 million customers nationwide.  Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers innovative, seamless business solutions to customers around the world.  A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of more than 217,000 and last year generated consolidated revenues of more than $107 billion.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.