By Submarine Cable NewsFeed

Verizon Business has deployed a

technologically advanced network configuration on the transpacific portion of its global network to provide more diverse routes to benefit large-business and

government customers.

This network architecture, called meshing, provides a total of five paths for rerouting traffic in the event of a cable cut or other

network disruption. This five-way mesh network design provides significantly enhanced reliability for customer voice and data traffic traversing the Pacific

Ocean.

Previously, the transpacific transport network used a ring configuration to provide redundant paths. However, that architecture provided protection

against only a single failure within any network ring, and service restoration on the alternate path usually increased the transmission's latency, the company said

in a statement.

Additionally, in the event of a service interruption on two or more segments of the same network system, physical restoration of the cable

may not be available until a cable ship is deployed to make repairs.

The new Pacific mesh design provides five paths of 10-gigabit capacity, offering

automatic restoration and real-time management of voice and data traffic on the Pacific undersea cable routes on Verizon Business' global network. The five paths

that constitute the mesh provide predictable latency in the event of a network disruption, something that is particularly important to business customers, the

statement said.

The Pacific mesh is currently deployed on two major submarine cable network systems in the Pacific — Japan-US and China-US. With completion

of the Trans-Pacific Express (TPE) cable in the third quarter of this year, the company will expand meshing to include Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan. By year-

end, Verizon Business will have seven-way mesh diversity deployed on the transpacific network.

An industry leader in undersea meshing, Verizon Business in

2006 was the first service provider to deploy six-way diversity for services traversing cable systems in the Atlantic. In 2007, one additional segment was added to

the Atlantic mesh network that now provides a seven-way diversity mesh for Verizon Business multinational customers.

“We have seen a dramatic improvement in

our overall network performance in the Atlantic since we introduced meshing,” said Yali Liu, director of Asia-Pacific network planning for Verizon Business. “We're

now extending this same benefit into the Asia-Pacific region, and we will continue to expand the enhanced diversity and reliability of a meshed network to meet the

growing demands of our global customers.”

The Pacific mesh network gives Verizon Business significant flexibility of routing choices in the region. For

example, if there is a natural disaster, like a major earthquake, Verizon Business can automatically reroute customer traffic to an equivalent available network

path.

“This mesh network design allows our multinational customers to continue receiving the high-quality network performance and reliability they expect

from Verizon Business,” said Liu. Verizon Business currently is provisioning its customers onto the Pacific mesh network.

Operating one of the largest global

IP networks, which spans 150 countries across six continents with more than 485,000 route miles, the company is involved in more than 65 submarine cable networks

carrying mission-critical traffic for multinational customers worldwide. The company also has ownership in more than 18 cable systems in the Asia-Pacific region

including: Japan-U.S., China-U.S., Southern Cross (U.S., New Zealand and Australia) and SEA-ME-WE-4.

Verizon Business is also a founding partner and landing

party in a consortium building the Trans Pacific Express — the first next-generation undersea optical cable system directly linking the U.S. mainland and China.

The TPE system will use the latest optical technology to provide greater capacity and higher speeds to meet the dramatic increase in demand for IP. The TPE system

will complement the company's existing submarine cables in the Asia-Pacific region, providing further diversity of its other undersea routes.