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March 10, 2011 14:32 ET

Infinera to Present OFC Post-Deadline Paper on Terabit PIC

Terabit Transmit PIC Follows Monday's Receiver PIC Paper

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - March 10, 2011) - Infinera (NASDAQ: INFN) has been awarded a slot to present a post-deadline paper today at the OFC/NFOEC conference on results of a demonstration of a Terabit photonic integrated circuit (PIC) transmitter. The Terabit PIC transmitter integrates ten wavelengths, each operating at 112 Gigabits/second (Gb/s) for an aggregate data rate of 1.12 Terabits/second (Tb/s).

This paper follows a paper delivered on Monday to a standing-room-only OFC audience on results of a demonstration of an Infinera Terabit receiver PIC.

The post-deadline paper, to be delivered by Infinera principal engineer Peter Evans, describes the use of narrow linewidth lasers, and dual states of polarization to achieve a data rate of 112 Gb/s per channel. Error-free transmission was achieved for all ten channels. According to the paper, "This 112 Gb/s operation demonstrates the viability of 10-wavelength InP PICs to scale to a Terabit /chip capacity and beyond."

The Dawn of the Terabit Age
Terabit PICs will enable the industry to move from 100Gb/s channels to Terabit channels. The implementation of Terabit FlexChannels, which are designed to leverage the fiber spectrum to achieve greater spectral density, should enable the network to scale to capacities up to 25Tb/s. Large-scale photonic integration enables the implementation of Terabit channels utilizing Infinera's unique FlexChannels. FlexChannels are designed to implement Terabit channels more cost-effectively than conventional discrete-based optical networks because the integration of large numbers of lasers and other optical components into PICs reduces the cost-per-bit of reaching high levels of fiber and system capacity. In an Infinera analyst briefing session on Wednesday, Infinera co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer Dr. David Welch cited an analyst estimate that Infinera has a four-year lead on the rest of the industry in its capabilities for the development and volume production of large-scale active monolithic PICs. Dr. Welch described photonic integration as the key enabler for the next phase of network evolution. "As we collapse layers in the network, PICs are the technology that enables us to deliver a Digital Optical Network with unconstrained bandwidth throughout the network, pervasive, integrated switching, and the capability to deliver additional packet features cost-effectively," Dr. Welch said.

Infinera's 500Gb/s PIC is planned to be commercially available in Infinera systems next year. Infinera plans to deliver systems based on PICs with 1 Tb/s capacity or greater in future systems. In a new 3D video, The Dawn of the Terabit Age, Infinera explains some of the key technologies implemented in the 500Gb/s PIC and the Terabit PIC. The video can be viewed in 3D using YouTube's 3D web video technology at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rachDVk6-A or in high definition 2D at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIeFWQK8TG0.

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 error-free transmission was achieved for all ten channels; that Terabit PICs will enable the industry to move from 100Gb/s channels to Terabit channels; that Terabit FlexChannels, which will leverage the fiber spectrum to achieve greater spectral density, will enable the network to scale to capacities up to 25Tb/s; that Large-scale photonic integration enables the implementation of Terabit channels and FlexChannels more cost-effectively than conventional discrete-based optical networks; that Infinera has a four-year lead on the rest of the industry in its capabilities for the development and volume production of large-scale active monolithic PICs; that photonic integration is the key enabler for the next phase of network evolution; that PICs are the technology that enables us to deliver a Digital Optical Network with unconstrained bandwidth throughout the network, pervasive, integrated switching, and the capability to deliver additional packet features cost-effectively; that Infinera's 500Gb/s PIC are planned to be commercially available in Infinera systems next year; and that Infinera plans to deliver systems based on PICs with 1 Tb/s capacity or greater in future 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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