Verizon accelerates copper-to-fiber transition, sets new network resiliency practices

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Following 2012's Hurricane Sandy, Verizon has put together a new set of flood barrier and network transformation methods that are designed to achieve two goals: keep its wireline network operational and hasten its ongoing copper-to-fiber migration. During Sandy, which flooded several of its service and central offices, the service provider reported $1 billion in damage due to water and related storm damage. While Verizon always prepares for storms, Kevin Service, SVP of network operations at Verizon, said that the company did not expect the water to rise so quickly to flood various key switching centers in New York and New Jersey. “It was remarkable how fast the water came up and flooded some of these offices,” Service said. “Even though we have generators and backup power to support our network, there’s not a lot you can do when everything is under water.”


Verizon accelerates copper-to-fiber transition, sets new network resiliency practices