SOURCE: Infinera

Infinera

October 18, 2010 16:11 ET

Midcontinent Deploys Infinera Network for Upper Midwest

Supporting Triple-Play Network With Rapid Bandwidth Growth

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - October 18, 2010) - Midcontinent Communications has deployed Infinera (NASDAQ: INFN) to deliver the benefits of Digital Optical Networks to its cable television, high-speed Internet, and telecom customers in its Upper Midwest service area.

Midcontinent is one of the nation's largest independent cable companies, with more than 250,000 customers in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota. Midcontinent operates the largest and most resilient network in the region, a 4600 fiber-mile network delivering services to urban and rural areas within the three states.

Midcontinent has been experiencing rapid growth in traffic on its network due to a growing offering of high-definition television channels, accelerating demand for Internet bandwidth, the move to IP technology for carrying television services between head-ends, and a growing enterprise business. After examining a range of alternatives for bringing additional capacity to its optical network, Midcontinent deployed the Infinera DTN Digital ROADM. Midcontinent selected Infinera for the speed, flexibility, and simplicity of Infinera Digital Optical Networks. With the Infinera network, Midcontinent can turn up services, including Gigabit Ethernet, 10 Gigabit/second (Gb/s), and other services, quickly and easily. The ease and simplicity of deploying services and managing the Infinera network did not require an extensive investment in training or additional engineering resources. With Infinera's unique Bandwidth Virtualization capability, optical capacity can be deployed between any points on the network to carry a wide range of services, as and when needed.

"We looked at a wide range of options and the Infinera technology was clearly superior," said Midcontinent Vice-President of Technology Jon Pederson. "With our Internet traffic growing at 80% year-on-year and enterprise customers requesting services up to 10Gb/s, we could not afford to take months to add capacity. The Infinera system enables us to fulfill demands quickly and easily."

The Infinera DTN is the first optical networking system powered by large-scale photonic integrated circuits. Deployed worldwide in long-haul and metro core networks, the Infinera DTN combines high-capacity DWDM transport, integrated digital bandwidth management, and GMPLS-powered service 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 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's system was selected for its speed, flexibility, and simplicity; that services, including Gigabit Ethernet, 10 Gigabit/second (Gb/s), and other services, can be turned up quickly and easily; that the ease and simplicity of deploying services and managing the Infinera network did not require an extensive investment in training or additional engineering resources; and that Infinera's unique Bandwidth Virtualization capability, optical capacity can be deployed between any points on the network to carry a wide range of services, as and when needed.; 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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