Verizon completes fiber expansion in Singapore

Staff writer
30 Sep 2011

Verizon has completed a fiber-optic network expansion project in Singapore, greatly increasing the company’s network coverage and doubling capacity for enterprise customers.

Located primarily in the northern and western parts of Singapore, the new fiber network gives customers access to strategic network facilities including submarine-cable landing stations and data centers.

The complex fiber construction project was a joint effort between Verizon and M1 Limited, a leading provider of mobile, broadband and fixed communications services in Singapore. Teams from both companies worked together for two years to complete the network build.

“Singapore’s geographic location makes the country a strategic gateway between Europe and Asia for our global customers,” said Yali Liu, Verizon executive director of global network planning. “Our expanded network in Singapore is an essential communications platform customers need today and in the future.”

Verizon’s new Singapore fiber-optic ring now extends 160 kilometers (100 miles) and significantly increases network coverage for enterprise and government customers. In addition to the fiber build, Verizon also deployed advanced optical technology on the network expansion to meet customer bandwidth requirements in Singapore.

Using communications equipment called a ROADM (reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplexer), which has dynamic and flexible capabilities, the network will be able to initially support speeds of 40 gigabits per second and, ultimately, speeds of 100 Gbps and beyond as the market grows.

The expansion also gives Verizon access to six additional data centers throughout Singapore. Customers in Singapore who need access to Verizon’s cloud offerings will be able to use the new network to connect to Verizon’s Asia-Pacific data and cloud center in Hong Kong.

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