DANTE and Infinera Deliver 2 Tb/s Capacity in Less Than 12 Minutes on GEANT
Production Network From Amsterdam to Frankfurt
SUNNYVALE, CA and CAMBRIDGE, UNITED KINGDOM -- (Marketwired) --
06/03/13 -- Infinera (NASDAQ: INFN), a leading provider of Digital
Optical Networks, and DANTE (Delivery of Advanced Network Technology
to Europe) announced today the fastest known provisioning of
multi-Terabit capacity across a live network. Infinera and DANTE were
able to install and activate 2 Terabits per second (Tb/s) of long
haul super-channel optical capacity and provision a 100 Gigabit
Ethernet (GbE) service over the GEANT production network all in less
than 12 minutes from plugging in the first line card.
The demonstration was carried out using production DTN-X platforms
and deployed on the GEANT backbone, using a long distance link from
Amsterdam, Holland to Frankfurt, Germany, a distance of 671km,
including 10 fiber spans. First the 2 Tb/s of line side capacity was
activated and then the 100 GbE service was deployed as part of the
test to show that the capacity was immediately available for service.
We believe that rapid delivery of capacity and service is a key
advantage of Infinera solutions and allows carriers to respond to
customers' rapidly changing demands.
"When Infinera was involved in the procurement process for the GEANT
backbone they made a number of claims about their ability to turn up
long haul capacity very rapidly, and we decided to put those claims
to the test," said Michael Enrico, CTO of DANTE. "The fact is that
critical science experiments across Europe are generating immense
quantities of data that are often difficult to fit into a forecasting
process, so this ability to turn up, or redirect long haul capacity
in a matter of minutes will help us transform the service we offer to
our National Research and Education Network partners."
The trial involved lighting up four 500Gb/s super-channels, and then
provisioning a 100GbE service across the link. The trial was timed on
a stopwatch, and a time-lapse video of the provisioning process is
"This was a genuine test of our rapid provisioning capability, using
real production equipment and software," said Geoff Bennett, Director
of Solutions and Technology at Infinera. "If we had used conventional
100G transponders we would need a total of 40 of them -- 20 at each
end. But the Infinera 500G solution allows an engineer to provision
up to five times as much capacity in a single operational cycle.
Enabling our customers to use time as a weapon is a key value of
The Amsterdam-Frankfurt link was selected because this route is one
of the busiest in Europe. This link is now in service with the DTN-X
and carrying production traffic for the European NREN community.
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 platforms 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/.
GEANT is the pan-European research and education network
that interconnects Europe's National Research and Education Networks
(NRENs). Together we connect over 50 million users at 10,000
institutions across Europe, supporting research in areas such as
energy, the environment, space and medicine.
Operating at speeds of up to 500Gbps and reaching over 100 national
networks worldwide, GEANT remains the largest and most advanced
research and education network in the world. Co-funded by the
European Commission under the EU's 7th Research and Development
Framework Programme, GEANT is a flagship e-Infrastructure key to
achieving the European Research Area -- a seamless and open European
space for online research -- and assuring world-leading connectivity
between Europe and the rest of the world in support of global
The network and associated services comprise the GEANT (GN3plus)
project, a collaborative effort comprising 41 project partners: 38
European NRENs, DANTE, TERENA and NORDUnet (representing the 5 Nordic
countries). GEANT is operated by DANTE on behalf of Europe's NRENs.
For more information, visit www.geant.net
DANTE (Delivery of Advanced Network Technology to
Europe) is a non-profit organisation established in 1993 that plans,
builds and operates large scale, advanced networks for research and
education. On behalf of Europe's National Research and Education
Networks (NRENs), DANTE has built and operates GEANT, a flagship
e-Infrastructure key to achieving the European Research Area.
Working in cooperation with the European Commission and in close
partnership with Europe's NRENs and international networking
partners, DANTE remains fundamental to the success of global research
DANTE currently manages projects focused on the Mediterranean,
Asia-Pacific, Sub-Saharan Africa and Central Asia regions through the
EUMEDCONNECT, TEIN, ORIENTplus, AfricaConnect and CAREN projects
respectively. For more information, visit www.dante.net
This press release contains forward-looking statements. 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 ability to
protect our intellectual property rights, 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 5, 2013, 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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