XO Communications (News - Alert), a provider of advanced communications, managed network and IT infrastructure services for business, large enterprise and wholesale customers, recently made a major transformation in its nationwide optical network. It is 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.
The Nokia Siemens (News - Alert) Networks optical system deployed in the XO long haul network is capable of simultaneously transmitting up to 96 wavelengths of light, each carrying data at 100G and allowing a total data transfer speed of up to 9.6 Terabits per second. The transformation allows XO Communications to deliver the next wave of high-speed optical networking services and meet the explosive bandwidth demands driven by cloud services, Internet videos, mobile services and new wireless technologies.
"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."
XO Communications is one of the nation’s largest service providers exclusively serving businesses, government, carriers and service providers. No matter the size of an organization, it builds solutions that are right for your business needs utilizing its IP solutions expertise, industry knowledge and extensive network reach. Its services portfolio includes VoIP, SIP trunking and hosted PBX (News - Alert) services, network services, hosting and IT services, voice services and carrier services.
The 100G optical network platform will enable XO Communications to more efficiently manage the increasing data traffic across its network from enterprise and wholesale customers' Internet, video, mobile data and cloud-based enterprise applications. By increasing the bandwidth efficiency of its long haul fiber infrastructure with state of the art optical equipment, XO Communications can carry more than10 times the amount of network traffic carried on a standard route using previous generation optical systems.
In addition, the 100G technology platform will enable XO Communications to offer 100 Gbps optical network services to customers that increasingly need higher bandwidth solutions, including cable companies, mobile wireless service providers and domestic and international telecommunications companies.
"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."
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Edited by Allison Boccamazzo