Earlier this week, Verizon, an American broadband and telecommunications company, successfully deployed a 100G Ethernet network on a large scale in Europe. According to Verizon, this deployment makes it the first major carrier to arrange the new Ethernet benchmark with speeds of up to 100 gigabits per second. This makes it the first standards-based, multi-vendor 100G Ethernet link for an IP backbone, in Verizon’s own words, and it would raise the ability for business customers and companies that connected to the backbone. Internet Protocol backbones use high-speed fibre optic lines for connecting the major routers across the Internet. This enables the different networks to communicate with each other. Different IP backbones are preserved by various organizations, which include telecom providers such as AT&T and Verizon. They also provide main service in performance increase in the previous 1G and 10G Ethernet and the very recent 40G Ethernet, the 100G Ethernet benchmark itself was confirmed by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in the summer of last year.

Glenn Wellbrock, director of optical transport network architecture and design for Verizon, said that various enterprises may be releasing 100G Ethernet networks inside their own domains but Verizon considers that it is the primary backbone transporter to organize it effectively. There were two other companies that contributed critical pieces to the effort, thus making it a true multivendor project. According to Wellbrock, Juniper Networks provided the actual routers whereas Ciena offered the technology that allows the link to stretch across a distance of approximately 555 miles. Technically known as 100G Ethernet rational optical transport tools, Ciena’s hardware functions from both ends of the connection to permit traffic to go at 100 Gbps from Frankfurt to Paris and back again without having the need to regenerate, and that was a crucial part of the equation. Comparatively, most backbone carriers are still using 10G Ethernet, though a lot of the Tier-1 carriers such as AT&T and Verizon, are using 40G, according to Wellbrock.

The 40G is, however, is not the IEEE Ethernet standard as it was approved only the previous year. But the 100G Ethernet offers a great boost in performance as well as other benefits, irrespective of the type of connection offered by carriers and companies. It is cost effective to consolidate network traffic onto a single 100G channel rather than multiple 10G channels because it allows backbone providers to easily ramp up capacity as more customers come into their networks, and is also measured less error prone. Upgrading the recent backbone networks from 10G to 100G networks could be done easily. Although upgrading Internet backbones into a rapid speed doesn’t interpret into a straight performance increase for the standard Internet user, it does give Internet providers and big companies the capability to add more customers.