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March 22, 2010 16:08 ET

Infinera Demonstrates 100 Gigabit Ethernet With Optical Vendors

Partners With EXFO, Reflex and Santur to Explore Diverse Approaches

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - March 22, 2010) -  Infinera (NASDAQ: INFN) has successfully demonstrated 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) transmission using pluggable CFP optical transceiver modules from multiple vendors as it works towards developing commercial systems that can meet service provider and enterprise needs for 100 GigE services, which Infinera believes to be the next step in the evolution of Ethernet standards.

Infinera is demonstrating 100 GigE transmission on the Infinera DTN optical system using Reflex Photonics' 100GBASE-SR10 pluggable CFP optical transceiver modules. Reflex's transceivers are compliant with the IEEE 802.3ba draft standard and are designed to deliver a 100 GigE signal over multi-mode fiber for short distances of up to 100 meters. In a separate demonstration, Infinera is transmitting a 100 GigE signal using Santur's 10 channel WDM pluggable CFP optical transceiver modules. Santur's modules are designed to support single-mode fiber over distances of up to 10 kilometers. These demonstrations are using today's Infinera DTN, equipped with Infinera's latest prototype 100 GigE tributary interface module, fully compliant with the most recent IEEE 802.3ba draft specification. EXFO's portable FTB-85100G Packet Blazer is also a key contributor, providing reliable and fully compliant 100 GigE testing capabilities for this demonstration. 

"Infinera is pleased to work with these industry pioneers to develop 100 Gigabit Ethernet systems that can meet service providers' needs for higher-speed Ethernet services to meet escalating bandwidth demand," said Infinera CTO Drew Perkins. "These vendors are using innovative approaches to help us work towards products with the right features, capabilities and economics for several different segments of the 100 GigE market."

"EXFO is pleased to partner with a leading vendor like Infinera," said Étienne Gagnon, VP of Product Management and Marketing. "This remarkable demonstration once again validates EXFO's 40G/100G Ethernet testing leadership from lab to the field. Our recent announcement of OTU4 testing capability further underscores our 100G commitment to equipment manufacturers and carriers."

"Reflex is pleased to supply Infinera with low-cost quality transceivers for its telecom equipment," said Robert Coenen, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Reflex Photonics. "By employing Reflex's optical engines, we are able to bring standards-compliant 100G CFP modules quickly to the market."

"Leading systems developers have relied on Santur's ability to deliver high performance modules at the leading edge," said Paul Meissner, CEO, Santur Corporation. "We continue to extend our CFP leadership by rolling out longer reach modules while consistently driving down the cost and power of our volume CFP products." OFC/NFOEC 2010 attendees can see live demonstrations of Santur's latest innovations in Intelligent Integration™ at the Santur private demo Suite at the San Diego convention center.

In another demonstration announced today, Infinera partnered with Juniper Networks to test and demonstrate interoperability with additional 100 GigE pluggable CFP optical transceiver modules implementing the IEEE 802.3ba 100GBASE-LR4 draft standard. See today's related news release Industry Leaders Demonstrate 100 Gigabit Ethernet Interoperability at OFC.

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 http://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, including that Infinera has successfully demonstrated 100 Gigabit GigE transmission using pluggable CFP optical transceiver modules from multiple vendors as it works towards developing commercial systems that can meet service provider and enterprise needs for 100 GigE services, which Infinera believes to be the next step in the evolution of Ethernet standards; and that vendors are using innovative approaches to help Infinera work towards products with the right features, capabilities and economics for several different segments of the 100 GigE market. 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, and our ability to respond to rapid technological changes,; and other risks that may impact any of the group's business are set forth in their annual reports on Form 10-K, , as well as subsequent reports 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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