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January 21, 2009

Verizon Business Deploys Singapore Extension of Pacific Mesh Network

By Shamila Janakiraman, TMCnet Contributor

Verizon Business has deployed an advanced network configuration in Singapore, a major financial hub in South Asia, according to the company. This is expected to provide large enterprises and government customers a reliable network to carry voice and data traffic and diverse routes to conduct the mission-critical traffic.
The network architecture, called meshing, offers alternative network paths in cases network disruption and reroutes the traffic thereby maintaining continuity. Verizon (News - Alert) began the installation of the Pacific mesh network in 2007 and this Singapore expansion completes the project.
Verizon Business (News - Alert) has deployed a seven-way mesh network across the Pacific Ocean employing the newly activated Trans-Pacific Express cable network and submarine cables. The Pacific mesh network covers the region extending from Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea encompassing Japan and the United States.
The Pacific mesh design includes seven paths of diverse capacity enabling automatic restoration and real-time management of voice and data traffic via the Pacific undersea cable routes of the company’s global network. The seven paths forming the mesh ensures predictable latency that is the time data takes from entry point to destination point on the network. This is useful in situations where a network disruption occurs as it is very critical for business customers.
“This mesh network design allows our multinational customers to continue receiving the high-quality network performance and reliability they expect from Verizon Business,” said Ihab Tarazi, vice president of global network planning.
“We have seen a dramatic improvement in our overall network performance since we introduced meshing. Our Pacific mesh network is operating at 99.999 percent of network availability, and this is important to our large global financial customers.”
Verizon Business provided a six-way diversity for services traversing cable systems in the Atlantic. Last year an additional segment was added to the Atlantic mesh network providing a seven-way diversity for Verizon Business multinational customers.
Tarazi added that Verizon Business will be extending the meshed network to India this year for meeting the needs of global customers. The Pacific mesh enables the company to reroute network traffic in the event of a natural disaster such as an earthquake.
The global IP network consists of 485,000 route miles covering 159 countries and it enables more than 80 submarine cable networks to carry critical traffic for customers worldwide.
Verizon Business owns over 18 submarine cables including Japan-U.S, China-U.S and the Trans-Pacific Express Consortium (TPE). This undersea cable system directly links the U.S to mainland China, South Korea and Taiwan. The TPE system employs optical technology ensuring greater capacity and speed to meet the growing demand for IP.

Shamila Janakiraman is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Shamila’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Tim Gray