XO Communications on Tuesday announced it's the first U.S. service provider to deploy 100 Gigabit per second optical technology across a long-haul fiber network nationwide.
The telecommunications company said the upgrade will enable it to provide high-speed optical networking services and meet the rising demand for bandwidth that is being fueled by such things as mobile services, Internet videos and cloud offerings. The optical system, comprised of equipment from Nokia Siemens Networks, can transmit up to 96 wavelengths of light, each carrying data at 100 Gigabits per second and enabling a total data transfer speed of up to 9.6 Terabits per second, according to XO.
"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, in a statement. "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 delivery today's cloud computing, mobile wireless and Internet video delivery platforms and services."