Verizon deploys meshing network

Telecommunications provider Verizon Business announced on Monday it has deployed a 'meshing' network configuration on the trans-Pacific portion of its global network to enable more diverse routes for large business and government customers.

This offers five paths for rerouting traffic in the event of a cable cut or other network disruption, providing enhanced reliability for customer voice and data traffic crossing the Pacific Ocean.

Prior to this enhancement, the trans-Pacific transport network used a ring configuration to offer redundant paths, which only offered protection for a single failure within any network ring, while service restoration on the alternate path typically increased the latency of the transmission.

In the case of a service interruption on two or more segments of the same network system, the cable may not be physical restored until a cable ship is implemented to make repairs.

The new meshing configuration provides five paths of 10GB capacity, providing 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 comprise the mesh provide predictable latency in the event of a network disruption, which is crucial to business customers today.

The mesh is currently deployed on two key submarine cable network systems in the Pacific called Japan-US and China-US. Once the Trans-Pacific Express cable is completed in the third quarter, Verizon Business will expand meshing to include Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan.

And by the end of the year, the company will have seven-way mesh diversity deployed on the trans-Pacific network.

"We have seen a dramatic improvement in our overall network performance in the Atlantic since we introduced meshing," says 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."

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