With Integrated Optical Service, Life Becomes Simpler

Verizon is now making available to its service provider customers the same super-efficient networking technology that Verizon uses to concentrate data streams from multiple transport protocols over high-capacity secure networks.

The Verizon Partner Solutions group, Verizon's wholesale business unit, is now offering Verizon Integrated Optical Service to facilitate simpler, more economic service-delivery options to its customers. Integrated Optical Service employs reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexer (ROADM) technology to create nodes, or access points, where data from virtually any transport feed -- from DS1s to SONET at speeds up to OC-192, and from 10 megabits per second up to 10 gigabits per second for Ethernet -- are merged onto a dedicated optical network custom-built for each customer.

"With Integrated Optical Service, life becomes simpler," said Quintin Lew, senior vice president, Verizon Partner Solutions. "Many of the billing, hardware, contract and supplier issues are eliminated. By consolidating high-capacity special access services, optical services, and Ethernet traffic onto one hybrid transport network, the operation and maintenance are also simplified.

"Interexchange carriers, wireless providers, CLECs, ISPs -- virtually anyone who deploys multiple technologies and requires bandwidth-intensive transport services -- will find economies and efficiencies never before offered. Integrated Optical Service provides true next-generation multiservice delivery capabilities for our customers today," Lew said.

The complexity of billing to support multiple technologies can now be replaced by billing for an Integrated Optical Service network, which may be as simple as one node charge per location, one total ring mileage charge, and the respective rider charges.

"The economies are tremendous, based on the network design," Lew said. "The need to manage multiple networks, bills, technologies and equipment is eliminated, making this an extraordinary solution for our customers."

The backbone service employs dense wave division multiplexing (DWDM) with a ring topology for the most versatile and secure transport possible. DWDM allows light frequencies to be discretely assigned and even subdivided to apportion exactly the amount of bandwidth needed for the transport requirement, assuring efficient operation of the network and a lower cost per bit for the customer. Diversely routed optical fibers ensure that both ring and point-to-point circuits will be extremely reliable.

The managed service includes round-the-clock network monitoring and reporting. Integrated Optical Service is also backed by service level agreements for service availability and mean time to restore.

By deploying a single architecture via a ROADM platform to provide a multitude of services, Integrated Optical Service effectively lowers capital expenses and provides ongoing operating expense savings. With planned enhancements, such as multi-degree nodes and OC-768/40Gbs capabilities, Integrated Optical Service will allow Verizon Partner Solutions customers to evolve their networks for years to come.

Verizon Partner Solutions is selling Integrated Optical Service within Verizon's operating territory as well as in some select near out-of-franchise locations.

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