AT&T is also in the process of merging with DirecTV, which will expand AT&T's GigaPower network to 2 million customer locations above those already announced by AT&T. That merger was originally expected to close in May, but there have been delays.
Verizon first began field trials of its 100G optical technology in 2007. As of January, it had 32,000 miles of 100G deployed in the U.S. in its backbone and metro areas, with another 8,500 miles in Europe and 11,600 terrestrial and submarine miles connecting Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong.
Kagan said 100G will eventually be used to provide capacity for video and wireless solutions. "I was wondering when Verizon was going to jump into this new growth space [served by Google, AT&T, CenturyLink and C Spire] and if this is their move, then I hope Verizon and their competitors all do strong business going forward."
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