SOURCE: Infinera

Infinera

November 15, 2011 12:00 ET

Midcontinent Expands Optical Network Footprint With Infinera

Expansion Adds 1,000 Miles in Minnesota to Existing Backbone

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - Nov 15, 2011) - Infinera (NASDAQ: INFN) announced today at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo that Midcontinent Communications, one of the largest independent cable companies in the U.S., selected Infinera's DTN platform for its latest backbone network expansion in Minnesota connecting newly acquired territories.

Midcontinent is the Upper Midwest's leading cable operator, providing cable television, broadband and digital home communication services to more than 270,000 residential and business customers in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota. Midcontinent first deployed Infinera's DTN Digital ROADM last year. With the recently acquired U.S. Cable company's territories in Minnesota, Midcontinent's network now spans more than 6,000 fiber miles. The company continues to experience rapid growth in demand for bandwidth due to high-definition television, broadband Internet access, growing enterprise business and new service areas. Midcontinent's presence in Minneapolis-Saint Paul's internet exchange point allows for additional connectivity options for its customers, further increasing the demand for internet services. Midcontinent chose Infinera for their expansion into these new territories for the simplicity, scalability and efficiency of Infinera's DTN platform.

The simplicity of Infinera's solution enables Midcontinent to deliver an array of broadband services, including Gigabit Ethernet and 10 Gigabit Ethernet, to customers quickly and easily. Midcontinent benefits from the simplicity of deploying services and managing the Infinera network without an investment in additional engineering resources.

"Infinera's solution helps us scale our network efficiently," said Jon Pederson, Midcontinent Vice-President of Technology. "Choosing Infinera's DTN solution has allowed us to add capacity in days rather than months, reducing capital and operating expenses across our entire network."

Midcontinent also deployed Infinera's ATN metro edge platform to extend commercial services to new customers. Infinera's ATN supports Ethernet, SONET/SDH, OTN, video, and multiservice aggregation onto 10 Gb/s wavelengths with fully automated optical power management.

"Cable operators, like Midcontinent, recognize the value of a platform that is simple to use and able to deliver services rapidly," said Gaylord Hart, Infinera Director of CATV Marketing. "The unique ability of Infinera platforms to quickly add capacity without complicated optical engineering has enabled operators to meet the stringent needs of a wide range of applications while also enabling a faster time to revenue."

Infinera's solution for cable operators includes the Infinera ATN, DTN and DTN-X (planned to be generally available in early 2012) platforms, all supported by Infinera Managed Services offering. Infinera's solutions are widely deployed by MSOs, including all of the top five U.S. cable operators.

About Infinera
Infinera specializes in Digital Optical Networking systems that are designed to continually improve the economics of optical networking by combining the speed of optics with the simplicity of digital. Infinera is unique in its use of breakthrough semiconductor technology: Large Scale Photonic Integrated Circuit (PIC). Infinera's systems leverage PIC technology to provide customers with a service-ready architecture that enables faster time-to-revenue and greater profitability through network efficiency 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 forward-looking statements including, among other things, statements relating to the future availability of the DTN-X platform; that Midcontinent is choosing Infinera for the simplicity, scalability and efficiency of Infinera's DTN platform; that the simplicity of Infinera's solution enables delivery of an array of broadband services to customers quickly and easily; that Midcontinent benefits from the simplicity of deploying services and managing the Infinera network without an investment in additional engineering resources; that cable operators recognize the value of a platform that is simple to use and able to deliver services rapidly; and that the unique ability of Infinera platforms to quickly add capacity without complicated optical engineering has enabled operators to meet the stringent needs of a wide range of applications while also enabling a faster time to revenue. 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, including, but not limited to, aggressive business tactics by our competitors, our dependence on a single product, our reliance on single-source suppliers, and our ability to respond to rapid technological changes. Further 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 Exchange Commission on March 1, 2011, as well 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.

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