2 Comments

Summary:

Qwest today said it has purchased gear from Alcatel-Lucent that will one day allow its long-haul network to achieve speeds of 100Gbps.  Since the company decided last June to keep its long-haul network, the upgrades were part of a continued and necessary investment in greater speeds and […]

qlogoQwest today said it has purchased gear from Alcatel-Lucent that will one day allow its long-haul network to achieve speeds of 100Gbps.  Since the company decided last June to keep its long-haul network, the upgrades were part of a continued and necessary investment in greater speeds and capacity, Qwest CTO Pieter Poll said. However, before folks get too excited, the new equipment makes the Qwest backbone network 100Gbps-ready, rather than delivering those speeds anytime soon. Current long haul networks are delivering about 40Gbps.

Just for fun, the Qwest release offers examples of how fast a 100Gbps network can transfer data:

  • 138 4.7GB DVDs in 60 seconds
  • A 2-hour HD movie or presentation in less than 9 seconds
  • A fully loaded 500GB hard drive in 46 seconds
  • 90 digital mammograms per second

Those at home won’t see these speeds, as this is for Qwest’s business customers that connect to its fiber-based long-haul network to link data centers and for the broader wave of Internet traffic aggregated by ISPs that is sent out over the giant backbones of the web. But because Qwest is saying that Internet traffic is doubling approximately every 19 months, and that each year, individual Internet users consume approximately 43 percent more bandwidth than the previous year, it’s clear that demand for backbone capacity will continue to rise. Heck, Qwest is doing its part to increase usage by upgrading its broadband customers in some areas to faster services with better upload speeds.

You’re subscribed! If you like, you can update your settings

By Stacey Higginbotham

You're subscribed! If you like, you can update your settings

  1. 100 Gbps is where we are headed, undoubtably. Qwest is going to be a pioneer. I remember installing what was probably the first DS3 Frame Relay access connection in the mid1990s, about 15 years ago, and that was quite leading edge. The backbone of the Internet had only been upgraded to T1 about 4 years earlier (1991 I believe). 100 Gbps is (taking out my trusty, well-worn college calculator) over 2000 times as fast. If we assume both are comparably state-of-the-art for their time, then maximum access bandwidth is doubling about every 18 months (hmm, sounds something like Moore’s law).

  2. The Great Internet Buildout Continues Monday, September 21, 2009

    [...] on its network grew 10 percent from the first to second quarter of 2009 (PDF). Qwest Communications recently announced plans to upgrade its long-haul network to 100Gbps. The company recently said that Internet traffic is [...]

Comments have been disabled for this post