Last December, Verizon announced the first Successful Deployment of a 200g connection between New York and Boston. This connection, first tested in a field trial back in 2013, saw the carrier effectively double the Capacity of a fiber, both reducing the cost per bit and doubling the efficiency of network Traffic when compared against current 100G Technology. It was achieved by deploying Ciena’s WaveLogic coherent optical processors, serving as a final proof of concept for 200G’s capacity to work with current networking infrastructure.
Now, at this point, some of you are wondering why Verizon’s doing this. And others among are probably wondering why you should care. Let’s talk about that, shall we?
First, I’m going to hit you with a few statistics. Global mobile data traffic will surpass exabytes per month by 2018. By that time, the number of connected devices in the world will spike to 9 billion. To give a bit of perspective, there are 7.2 billion people in the world.
In light of such meteoric growth, it shouldn’t really come as much of a surprise that some are beginning to claim the Internet is running out of room.
“The information capacity of optical fibres – the light-carrying pipes that form the backbone of the Internet – can be increased simply by increasing the power of light through them,” writes Jacob Aron of New Scientist Magazine. “But the trick has hit a dead end. If you up the power beyond a certain point, the fibre becomes saturated with light and the signal is degraded. This limit means fibres as we currently use them are nearing their full capacity.”
That’s what makes Verizon’s successful deployment such big news. The wide-scale deployment of 200G technology will give us a great deal more Breathing Room as far as the growth of the Internet is concerned – and you’d best believe that said growth includes your own Business, as well. It’s worth noting, too, that Verizon and Ciena aren’t alone in trying to pull as much capacity out of our fiber as they can.
We’ve established why Verizon is doing this. Now let’s move on to our second question. Why does this matter for your business?
The answer to that question is simple. As the Internet of Things looms ever closer – and the amount of available fiber grows ever smaller – bandwidth costs are going to climb higher and higher. Techniques like Verizon’s are a means of lessening the crunch; of reducing costs and providing more bandwidth to the businesses that need them.
Without them, the Internet would very likely run out of space. It will with them too, of course – but at least they provide us with the breathing room to find a more permanent solution.
“As more and more of our lives are performed online — by consumers and businesses alike — the need for flexible and more efficient ways to carry traffic is essential,” Ed Chan, senior vice president of network infrastructure planning at Verizon, explained in a press release. “Moving toward 200G technology is critical to stay ahead of traffic growth driven by activities such as online video, LTE 4G and cloud usage.”
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