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Verizon is upgrading to new equipment that is capable of utilizing the latest 400 Gbps per port optical technology. When the overhaul of the fiber core network — the superhighway Verizon uses to move customers’ data — is complete, Verizon will be able to manage 115 Tbps of data. This upgrade will significantly increase the bandwidth needed to support wireless, home internet, enterprise, small business and FIOS customers.

The new optical core, which is being built to meet customers’ growing demands through 2032, is upgradeable to future 800 Gbps and 1 Tbps per port optical technology, allowing Verizon to manage 230 Tbps of data at any given time.

“Our fiber network is the largely invisible foundation that is a key driving force behind providing the scalability and reliability our customers need and expect,” said Kyle Malady, Executive Vice President and President Global Networks & Technology, Verizon. “This new packet core will provide the reliability and capacity we need today, but more importantly will be able to scale to meet the forecasted future demands that will result from the incredible capabilities of our robust 5G network, the platform for 21st century innovation.”

In June 2022, Verizon announced that data traffic on its 5G Ultra Wideband network had already increased 249%, and it expects exponentially higher increases as more customers adopt the new technology and begin to experience the robust capabilities and performance of 5G Ultra Wideband.

In addition to providing the increased bandwidth needed for data growth over the next decade, the new equipment supplied by Juniper Networks, Inc. is more dense, reducing space requirements and driving down both cost and power usage per GB and offers an advanced level of automation.