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XO Communications First to Deploy 100 Gbps Optical Technology

August 14, 2012

XO Communications First to Deploy 100 Gbps Optical Technology

By Rahul Arora
TMCnet Contributor

XO Communications (News - Alert), a provider of advanced communications, managed network and IT infrastructure services for business, large enterprise and wholesale customers, recently announced it has become the first service provider in the United States to deploy 100 Gbps (Gigabit per second) optical technology across a long haul fiber network on a nationwide basis.

With increased bandwidth efficiency of its long haul fiber infrastructure, XO Communications can now easily carry more than 10 times the amount of network traffic carried on a standard route. Moreover, the company will be able to better manage the increasing data traffic across its network and offer 100 Gbps optical network services to customers.

"While other telecommunications companies have deployed or tested 100G optical systems across portions of their networks, XO Communications is the first service provider to deploy 100G technology on an operational basis coast-to-coast across its nationwide fiber network," said Randy Nicklas, senior vice president and chief technology officer for XO Communications. "By making this leap to 100G, XO Communications is taking a leadership role in utilization of optical networking and offering customers the network infrastructure and services needed in order to deliver today's cloud computing, mobile wireless and Internet video delivery platforms and services."

"We are happy to play a key role in enabling XO Communications to reach this important industry milestone," said Jim Benson, head of Optical Networks for the Americas at Nokia (News - Alert) Siemens Networks. "With the use of our high performance 100G coherent technology, XO Communications has built an automated, high capacity, state of the art network that will allow it to provide end customers with very low latency service connections coast-to-coast."

Meanwhile, XO Communications recently announced it will be partnering with Horizon Lines to simplify the management of the Lines’ network infrastructure, thereby reducing costs. This will mean a converged SIP trunking and hosted security network solution. XO will work to provide the intelligent network platform that Horizon Lines requires to maintain a high level of communication. It will also preserve its networking and security needs, and provide the intelligence for vital applications that also includes VoIP traffic.

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Edited by Rachel Ramsey
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