SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwired - Mar 27, 2014) - Infinera (NASDAQ: INFN), provider of Intelligent Transport Networks, announced today a key milestone, that customers have deployed more than one petabit per second of super-channel transmission capacity in live networks globally. Infinera was the first to ship 500 gigabit per second (Gb/s) long-haul super-channels commercially as the foundation of the Intelligent Transport Network architecture in 2012 and today, nearly two years later, remains the only company in the industry delivering volume shipments of super-channels into production networks.
The Infinera Intelligent Transport Network features the Infinera DTN-X packet-optical transport networking platform, delivering 500 Gb/s super-channels based on the industry's only commercially deployed large scale Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs). In 2013, Infinera announced the second generation of super-channels enhanced with Soft Decision Forward Error Correction (SD-FEC) to increase transmission range and recently Infinera announced its third generation super-channel line cards that support flexible grid operation based on the new ITU-T G.694.1 frequency grid.
The excellent optical performance of these super-channels offers service providers long-haul transmission technology that delivers scalable, cost-effective capacity without compromising on optical reach. Infinera's super-channels deliver long haul reach of up to 4,500 km using Polarization Multiplexed (PM) QPSK modulation that supports up to 9.5Tb/s on a single pair of fibers. For ultra-long haul and submarine reach, Infinera's unique FlexCoherent™ modulation capability allows the line card to be switched into PM-BPSK mode, where spans of over 9,500 km are deployed in production today. The operational scalability of super-channels was demonstrated last year when a team from Infinera and DANTE, operator of the GÉANT pan-European Research and Education network backbone, achieved an official Guinness World Record for the fastest provisioning of 8 Tb/s of capacity on production route between Hamburg and Amsterdam based on Infinera super-channels.
Infinera continues to demonstrate leadership and enhance its super-channel technology with new solutions uniquely simplifying operations via multi-layer automation of Intelligent Transport Networks. Infinera recently announced enhancements that include the industry's first super-channel CDC FlexROADM (colorless, directionless and contentionless reconfigurable optical add drop multiplexer) and the industry's first unified Layer 1 and Layer 0 control plane, including support for the emerging IETF standard for Spectrum Switched Optical Networks (SSON) extensions to Generalized MPLS.
"From its introduction of the DTN-X, Infinera recognized the opportunity to offer an economically disruptive product just as the mass market for 100G transport took off," said Rick Talbot, Principal Analyst, Optical Infrastructure at Current Analysis. "The milestone achievement not only validates the vendor's plans to play a leading role in that market, with sales to operators of all sizes, including Tier 1s, but it also confirms the market's appetite for long haul super-channels, whose economics depended on the implementation of the 500G Photonic Integrated Circuit."
"Infinera continues to lead through innovation in the optical transport industry," said Dr. David Welch, President, Infinera. "Our customers have now deployed more than a petabit per second of Infinera's super-channels in production, demonstrating that our PIC-based, single card 500Gb/s super-channel solution is preferred by service providers globally to scale their networks while minimizing operations costs."
Infinera provides Intelligent Transport Networks to help carriers exploit the increasing demand for cloud-based services and data center connectivity as they advance into the Terabit Era. Infinera is unique in its use of breakthrough semiconductor technology to deliver large scale Photonic Integrated Circuit (PICs) and the application of PICs to vertically integrated optical networking solutions that deliver the industry's only commercially available 500 Gb/s FlexCoherent super-channels. Infinera Intelligent Transport Network solutions include the DTN-X, DTN and ATN platforms. Find more at www.infinera.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements including, among other things, statements relating to Infinera product capabilities, advantages, and the current and planned future functionality including: that super-channels offers service providers long-haul transmission technology that delivers scalable, cost-effective capacity without compromising on optical reach; and that the deployment of over petabit per second of Infinera's super-channels demonstrates that the PIC-based, single card 500Gb/s super-channel solution is preferred by service providers globally to scale their networks while minimizing operations costs. These forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations. Actual results may vary materially from these expectations as a result of various risks and uncertainties. Information about these risks and uncertainties, and other risks and uncertainties that affect our business, is contained in the risk factors section and other sections of our annual report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 21, 2014, as well as any subsequent reports filed with or furnished to the SEC. These reports are available on our website at www.infinera.com and the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. Infinera assumes no obligation to, and does not currently intend to, update any such forward-looking statements.