Telstra Global and Infinera First to Demonstrate Soft Decision

Telstra Global and Infinera First to Demonstrate Soft Decision FEC
Over 4,200km Hawaii to California Submarine Link 
HONOLULU, HI -- (Marketwire) -- 01/21/13 --  Infinera (NASDAQ: INFN)
today announced the first successful demonstration of a 100 Gigabit
per second (Gb/s) optical signal enhanced with Soft Decision Forward
Error Correction (SD-FEC) across Telstra Global's dedicated fibre
pair within Segment S5 of AAG Hawaii to California submarine cable.
Infinera's SD-FEC technology has the potential to double the
transmission capacity of existing submarine cables. This trial
demonstrates the power of SD-FEC in concert with Infinera's long haul
FlexCoherent(TM) super-channel technology and how it can optimize
both reach and capacity on submarine cables worldwide. 
The subsea trial was performed over Telstra Global's dedicated fibre
pair within Segment 5 of the AAG cable, connecting San Luis Obispo in
Southern California to the island of Oahu in Hawaii and spanning
4,200 km across the Pacific. The trial was staged using Infinera's
DTN-X platform and a prototype super-channel line card enabled with
Infinera's 3rd generation FlexCoherent(TM) Processor for real time
SD-FEC processing combined with the industry's only 500 Gb/s Photonic
Integrated Circuits (PICs).  
Using the additional error recovery capability enabled by the SD-FEC,
multiple Infinera FlexCoherent modulation formats were able to close
this link with no bit errors detected. The SD-FEC enabled higher
order modulation formats to be used which could allow Telstra to
increase the available capacity on this link increasing the
commercial life of the cable in the face of aggressive increases in
internet demand. A key characteristic of Infinera's FlexCoherent(TM)
technology is that the line card can be configured for a specific
modulation format via simple software controls, increasing
flexibility and maximizing capacity and reach while lowering
operational and inventory sparing costs.  
Telstra Global is a part of Telstra Corporation Limited, Australia's
leading telecommunications and media services company and owner of
one of the most technologically advanced IP backbone networks in the
world. Telstra's dedicated fibre pair within Segment S5 of the AAG
submarine cable is part of a system of cables linking the powerhouse
economies of Australia and the Far East to the West Coast of the
United States. Telstra Global forecasts more than 60% annual growth
in its trans-Pacific submarine cable traffic over the next three
years. 
Telstra Global Managing Director, Mr Martijn Blanken said, "We are
delighted by the results of this field trial and this shows further
increased capacity potential for Telstra Global's leading submarine
cable plant. Our continuing focus on cutting edge technologies will
enable us to continue to deliver new services to our customers and
meet their future capacity needs with a long term, reliable
offering."  
Infinera co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Dr. David Welch
added, "We are pleased to see that our 3rd generation
FlexCoherent(TM) Processor along with 500 Gb/s PICs, is performing
exceptionally in real world environments. Over the past few months
we've shown that a PIC-based long haul super-channel implementation
can deal with record-breaking levels of PMD impairments in fiber;
deliver a full 8Tb/s of capacity on Dispersion Shifted Fiber that
service providers might have written off as useless, and now with
Telstra's help we've shown that with the addition of SD-FEC, this
technology is capable of being deployed on some of the longest and
most challenging cable routes in the world." 
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 Infinera product
capabilities, advantages, and the current and planned future
functionality including: that SD-FEC technology has the potential to
double the transmission capacity; that SD-FEC and FlexCoherent(TM)
super-channel technology and how it can optimize both reach and
capacity on submarine cables worldwide; and that FlexCoherent(TM)
technology increases flexibility and maximizes capacity and reach
while lowering operational and inventory sparing costs. 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 and Exchange Commission on March 6, 2012,
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.  
For media and analysts:
Infinera Media: 
Anna Vue
Tel. +1 (916) 595-8157
avue@infinera.com 
Infinera Investors:
Jenifer Kirtland 
Tel. +1 (408) 543-8139
jkirtland@infinera.com 
 
 
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