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Cisco announcement follows Juniper, Verizon 100GE trial

Was it another case of coincidental timing? Or is it 100G week in the industry?

Did Juniper attempt to steal Cisco's thunder again? As the industry prepares for the big Cisco announcement tomorrow - much of which is believed to include recent 100+ gigabit technology developments - rival Juniper this week announced some 100G progress of its own.

The company disclosed a successful trial at Verizon of the T Series 100G Ethernet interfaces announced last June. The Verizon trial carried real traffic - including live video -- on Feb. 25 over a 1,520-kilometer optically-amplified section of the Verizon network in the north Dallas area.

Verizon said the trial "validates the maturity of the standard supporting 100G transfer rates, which is scheduled to be ratified by the IEEE and ITU-T in June." 

The 100G interface on the Juniper T1600 core router connected it to an NEC SpectralWave DWDM system equipped with 100G transponders. The connection between the router and the DWDM system was an IEEE standard-compliant 100GBASE-LR4 client interface using 100G CFP optical transceiver modules from Finisar, according to Verizon. 

Juniper says it completed the first private live demonstration of 100GE at the SC09 show in November. 

Cisco has had a 100GE trial at Comcast for almost two years. The company is also shipping a 160G Ethernet - 16 x 10GE - module for its ASR 9000 edge router. These as well as a 120G/slot upgrade for the CRS-1 core router are expected to be elements of Cisco's "forever change the Internet" splash tomorrow. 

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