Next month parts of Europe will be turned into construction sites for more than 2,000 miles of a high-speed, ultra long-haul network being built by Verizon Communications’ Business unit, the company announced Thursday.

The first phase of the network roll out will connect Verizon Business’ main European hubs in London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Germany, Paris and Brussels, with 3,230 kilometers of ULH-speed connections. ULH supports speeds of up to 40G bps (bits per second).

The first phase of Verizon’s ULH deployment in Europe is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2008, the company said.

In a news release, Verizon touted the network as necessary to meet the growing demands in Europe for high-bandwidth services such as video, wireless voice, multimedia content, real-time imaging and storage networking.

Verizon Business has designed this network to meet customer needs in “this new data-intensive world,” Joe Cook, Verizon Business’ vice president of global network engineering and planning, said in a statement.

The ULH network will also allow Verizon Business to extend the network signal reach without regeneration equipment, reducing operational expenses as well as the number of active components in the network. The benefits to large customers is an improved level of resiliency, better network performance, reduced latency and high network availability, the company said.

Verizon Business began a ULH project in 2004, and it has deployed more than 40,233 kilometers of ULH network in the U.S.