SOURCE: Infinera

Infinera

February 28, 2011 12:00 ET

Infinera Selected by MedNautilus for Mediterranean Subsea Network

Fourfold Increase in Undersea Capacity

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - February 28, 2011) - Infinera (NASDAQ: INFN) has been selected by MedNautilus to upgrade its subsea network for the speed of deployment and scalability of the Infinera submarine solution.

MedNautilus, the Mediterranean operations of the Telecom Italia Sparkle Group and the first and only protected submarine ring-configured backbone in the Mediterranean, operates a subsea link between Israel and Cyprus as part of a larger submarine cable network connecting the eastern Mediterranean to Greece, Turkey, Italy and France that serves the growing capacity needs of the region.

The Infinera network has enabled MedNautilus to quadruple capacity on its network. It has also delivered benefits in terms of simple operation and speed of deployment, with the network upgrade completed in less than half the time a traditional subsea network would have required. The small footprint of the Infinera equipment consumes significantly less space than traditional submarine optical networking systems. A more efficient use of space represents an increasingly important factor with escalating bandwidth demand requiring more and more equipment at each landing station.

"As a submarine cable operator I would like to see the industry moving to upgrades which are simple to implement, scalable, and plug-and-play as much as possible. Infinera's solution based on photonic integrated circuits is a move in that direction," commented Luigi Sangiorgio, Head of Engineering, MedNautilus Network.

"Infinera has seen growing acceptance from the submarine network market segment and we are very pleased to support MedNautilus and help them meet their growing needs for bandwidth in the Mediterranean," said Infinera president and CEO Tom Fallon.

The Infinera DTN as SLTE (submarine line terminating equipment) provides a set of application-optimized features for upgrading submarine cable networks, including support for high-reliability trans-oceanic optical transmission, low-cost and low-latency full-band dispersion compensation optimized for greatly reduced size, integrated low-cost terrestrial backhaul and submarine network inter-connection, and undersea cable connectivity solutions optimized for operating over existing cable systems. Infinera Submarine Solutions have been deployed worldwide for customers for a total of more than 85,000 route-kilometers, including routes across the Atlantic, between North, Central, and South America, in the Middle East, and in the Indian Ocean.

About MedNautilus
MedNautilus is the Mediterranean operations of the Telecom Italia Sparkle Group and is the only telecommunication submarine cable ring in the Mediterranean since 2001. The MedNautilus network provides end-to-end connectivity from the eastern part of the Mediterranean to major destinations in Europe and is the leading provider in the region.

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 the Infinera network has enabled MedNautilus to quadruple capacity on its network; that it has delivered benefits in terms of simple operation and speed of deployment, with the network upgrade completed in less than half the time a traditional subsea network would have required; that the small footprint of the Infinera equipment consumes significantly less space than traditional submarine optical networking systems; that the small footprint and efficient use of space represent an increasingly important factor with escalating bandwidth demand requiring more and more equipment at each landing station; and that the Infinera DTN as SLTE (submarine line terminating equipment) provides a set of application-optimized features for upgrading submarine cable networks, including support for high-reliability trans-oceanic optical transmission, low-cost and low-latency full-band dispersion compensation optimized for greatly reduced size, integrated low-cost terrestrial backhaul and submarine network inter-connection, and undersea cable connectivity solutions optimized for operating over existing cable systems. 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 filed with the SEC on March 1, 2010, 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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