The telecommunications giant will utilize theto market a range of services to large customers, including much-awaited , or VoIP, capabilities, which promise customers major savings by sending telephone calls .
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Additionally, the company said it will launch a number of nationalduring the next 30 days, including its initial IP virtual private network, which customers can use in place of a traditional VPN and which may also serve as a foundation for future Verizon VoIP offerings. The new broadband network will also serve as the backbone for Verizon's local-access Internet service provider and phone service.
Verizon says the new network and subsequent services willto its revenue during the coming years and substantially increase the company's share in the national market for voice and data services among large customers. Verizon says it is currently the third-largest carrier in the sector.
New York-based Verizon built the high-speed network around an IP backbone that links all the company's United States-based metropolitan and regional hubs.
The company said itsis based on multiprotocol label switching technology, a more-flexible system that lets customers take advantage of new services without upgrading their own . Additionally, the IP network was designed with the idea of providing voice, video and data applications over a common network infrastructure.
"The completion of the broadband network transforms Verizon into a full-service, national provider of communications services to large public- and private-sector enterprises," Eduardo R. Menasce, president of Verizon's enterprise solutions group, said in a statement. "The IP backbone leverages the ubiquity of Verizon's local networks and extensive portfolio of metropolitan access technologies and enables the company to offer enterprise customers new advanced data services nationwide."
With the addition of the broadband network, the company says, its infrastructure now totals approximately 9.7 million fiber miles across the country. Verizon's networks now include more than 200 links in 56 different U.S. markets, the company said.
On Tuesday, Verizon announced that it would begin charging broadband subscribers an additional, joining a trend other telecommunications providers are embracing.
The charges will begin appearing on Verizonbills in May or June, depending on where a customer lives. Verizon currently charges $34.95 a month for DSL, or $29.95 a month, when the service is purchased with long-distance and local phone service.