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Verizon beefs up fibre optic network in Singapore

Veronica C. Silva | Oct. 28, 2011
Enterprise and government customers can expect expanded network coverage and more capacity.

Verizon Communications recently completed an upgrade of its fibre optic network in Singapore, giving customers expanded network coverage and more bandwidth.

Verizon's fibre optic network now spans 160 km (100 miles) with the expansion focused mainly on the northern and western parts of Singapore, significantly increasing the network coverage for enterprise and government customers.

The expansion also means customers can access Verizon's strategic network facilities, including submarine-cable landing stations and six additional data centres. The company said its upgraded network can be used by Singapore customers to connect to Verizon's Asia-Pacific data and cloud centre in Hong Kong.

The network uses advanced optical technology to support capacity of 40 Gbps initially, and even up to 100 Gbps as the market grows.

"There is no doubt that our customers require massive amounts of bandwidth and capacity for their applications," said Yali Liu, executive director, global network planning, Verizon. "It is our responsibility to stay ahead of our customers' needs, and design and build robust dynamic networks that support their growing demands, especially in emerging markets like Singapore."


Liu added that Singapore's strategic location between Europe and Asia makes it an important site for global customers. The Verizon network becomes a communication platform to its customers, allowing them to take advantage of Verizon's global mesh network.

Explains Verizon: "Meshing is a network architecture that provides additional network paths for rerouting traffic in the event of a cable cut or other network disruption. Verizon deployed two mesh nodes in Singapore in 2009 and currently has an eight-way mesh network in the Asia-Pacific region. The mesh network currently operates at 99.999 percent of network availability."

"This Singapore network expansion has so many benefits for our global and regional customers," Liu said. "When you combine the additional capacity, access to network facilities, the advanced optical network technology and future bandwidth scalability, our network is well-positioned to support our customers now and into the future."

The infrastructure upgrade, which took two years to complete, is a joint project between Verizon and M1 Limited, a provider of mobile, broadband and fixed communications services in Singapore.


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