SOURCE: Infinera

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February 24, 2009 12:48 ET

euNetworks Selects Infinera for Pan-European Network

Digital Flexibility for euNetworks' 15-City Network

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - February 24, 2009) - euNetworks has selected an Infinera (NASDAQ: INFN) Digital Optical Network for its pan-European network to enjoy the benefits of the speed and flexibility of Infinera's digital architecture.

Headquartered in Frankfurt, Germany, euNetworks is one of Europe's foremost providers of high-performance networking solutions with low latency and high availability. With a fiber-rich network connecting 15 major cities throughout the heart of western Europe, euNetworks focuses on offering high-quality services to a broad range of carriers, service providers and enterprises including financial institutions and media companies.

euNetworks chose Infinera because Infinera's architecture offered speed, flexibility, scalability, and reliability that could not be achieved with traditional DWDM platforms. euNetworks Chief Technology Officer Albrecht Kraas said the Infinera system's interchangeable tributary adapter modules (TAMs) enable euNetworks to meet customer demands quickly and easily for a range of services including wavelengths and Ethernet services. Based on large-scale photonic integrated circuits (PICs) integrating more than 60 optical devices into a pair of tiny chips, the Infinera DTN offers 100 Gigabits/second (Gb/s) of optical capacity on every line card. The scalability and reliability of the Infinera DTN will enable euNetworks to quickly accommodate growing customer demand throughout its network with its trademark low-latency, high-availability services.

Mr. Kraas said that Infinera's digital switching capability will enable euNetworks to carry out its upgrade plans and turn many of euNetworks' two-way network nodes into multi-directional nodes in the future simply and cost-effectively. "The flexibility of upgrading to two, three, or four-way nodes and the non-blocking switching of the Infinera system are far superior to DWDM solutions based on ROADMs where you need to make decisions in advance on an upgrade path and then you are locked into those decisions," commented Mr. Kraas.

A ROADM or reconfigurable add-drop multiplexer uses analog optical technology to switch light paths in the optical domain, requiring the measurement and evaluation of a large number of optical parameters across the entire network before initial network deployment, and putting constraints on network upgrades as customer demand and traffic patterns evolve over time. Infinera's digital architecture eliminates those constraints by converting the optical traffic to the electrical domain at every node, providing fully flexible switching from day one, with quick and simple augmentation and modification of the network as traffic and topologies evolve over time.

Six Weeks For a Pan-European Network

Xantaro Deutschland GmbH, an internationally focused service integrator, carried out planning and implementation of the optical network for euNetworks. Working closely together, Infinera and Xantaro deployed the initial phase of the pan-European network, reaching 14 cities, in just six weeks. Rapid deployment of the network was enabled by the expertise of the Infinera and Xantaro engineering teams, backed up by the design of the PIC-based Infinera system which eliminates more than 80 percent of intrabay fiber connections. Infinera's GMPLS-powered IQ™ network operating system automatically recognizes elements in the network and performs tests on connectivity between network nodes, enabling networks to be configured more easily and quickly than with traditional DWDM systems.

"The Infinera DTN perfectly achieved the criteria euNetworks stipulated for its new optical network," said Matthias Kayser, Technical Lead, Optical Transmission at Xantaro. "We are confident that euNetworks has chosen the most advanced DWDM system available today," he added.

"We are delighted to support euNetworks with an Infinera Digital Optical Network," said Infinera CEO Jagdeep Singh. "Our deployment of another pan-European network is a further indication that the European market is recognizing that the speed, flexibility, and simplicity of the Infinera solution provides irresistible competitive advantages."

The Infinera DTN is a digital ROADM combining high-capacity transport, integrated bandwidth management, and GMPLS-powered network intelligence in a single platform.

About Infinera

Infinera provides Digital Optical Networking systems to telecommunications carriers worldwide. Infinera's systems are unique in their use of a breakthrough semiconductor technology: the photonic integrated circuit (PIC). Infinera's systems and PIC technology are designed to provide customers with simpler and more flexible engineering and operations, faster time-to-service, and the ability to rapidly deliver differentiated services without reengineering their optical infrastructure. For more information, please visit www.infinera.com.

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements based on current expectations, forecasts and assumptions that involve risks and uncertainties. These statements are based on information available to Infinera as of the date hereof; and actual results could differ materially from those stated or implied, due to risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding Infinera's expectations, beliefs, intentions or strategies regarding the future, such as that the scalability and reliability of the Infinera DTN will enable euNetworks to quickly accommodate growing customer demand throughout its network; that Infinera's digital architecture eliminates constraints by converting the optical traffic to the electrical domain at every node, providing fully flexible switching from day one, with quick and simple augmentation and modification of the network as traffic and topologies evolve over time; that rapid deployment of the network was enabled by the expertise of the Infinera and backed up by the design of the PIC-based Infinera system which eliminates more than 80 percent of intrabay fiber connections. Infinera's GMPLS-powered IQ™ network operating system enables networks to be configured more easily and quickly than with traditional DWDM systems; and that the speed, flexibility, and simplicity of the Infinera solution provides irresistible competitive advantages. Such forward-looking statements can be identified by forward-looking words such as "anticipated," "believed," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "should," "will," and "would" or similar words. The risks and uncertainties that could cause our results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements include aggressive business tactics by our competitors, our dependence on a single product, our ability to protect our intellectual property, claims by others that we infringe their intellectual property, our manufacturing process is very complex, product performance problems we may encounter, our dependence on sole or limited source suppliers, our ability to respond to rapid technological changes, our ability to maintain effective internal controls, the ability of our contract manufacturers to perform as we expect, a new technology being developed that replaces the PIC as the dominant technology in optical networks, general political, economic and market conditions and events, including war, conflict or acts of terrorism; and other risks and uncertainties described more fully in our public announcements and other documents filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission. These statements are based on information available to us as of the date hereof and we disclaim any obligation to update the forward-looking statements included in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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