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September 02, 2009

Infinera Debuts New Submarine Solution to Bring Enhanced Capacity and Speed of Deployment to Subsea Networks

By Nathesh, TMCnet Contributor

Infinera, a provider of Digital Optical Networking systems for telecommunications carriers, has released a new submarine solution that will bring enhanced capacity, new services and rapid speed of deployment to the world of subsea networks.
Infinera (News - Alert) has stated that the worldwide growth in Internet traffic and bandwidth connectivity extends from terrestrial networks to festoon, regional and trans-oceanic submarine networks. Their new submarine solution which is designed to be installed at land-based terminals of submarine networks can act as a common optical transport solution across metro, regional and long-haul terrestrial backhaul networks.
By implementing Infinera's latest photonic integrated circuit technology and a new compact solution for full-band dispersion compensation, the new Infinera submarine solution can equip carriers with capabilities to deliver additional capacity, typically including a doubling of the number of wavelengths on their subsea networks, while enjoying the speed of deployment, ease of operation, and flexibility of the Infinera platform.
The Infinera submarine solution offers submarine network operators a highly cost-effective way to protect their investment in their subsea infrastructure while adding new capacity to the network and taking advantage of other features of the Infinera Digital Optical Networks architecture.
The company says that it has built the new submarine solution using its large-scale photonic integrated circuits that were enhanced with semiconductor optical amplifiers. These circuits offer the trans-oceanic optical reach for the solution. The enhanced PICs are implemented in the new Infinera Submarine Line Module – SLM – which provides 100 Gigabits/second of PIC-based DWDM capacity on every line card. By having 16 SLM modules multiplexed onto a single fiber the submarine solution can provide up to 160 wavelengths on existing submarine optical networks.
Global Crossing has deployed the Infinera submarine solution on its Mid-Atlantic Crossing (MAC) and its South American Crossing networks, for a total of 26,000 route-kilometers. Global Crossing (News - Alert) has stated that they chose Infinera to achieve increased capacity on its submarine routes without the need to deploy a completely new subsea network. Global Crossing will benefit from Infinera's speed of deployment and software automation, which is designed to make provisioning quicker and easier.
Infinera CEO Jagdeep Singh has commented that the submarine market represents the latest segment to adopt Infinera as its vendor of choice, continuing Infinera's momentum in penetrating new applications within the optical transport market. Infinera's submarine solution, with the Infinera digital architecture based on photonic integration, offers benefits that other competitors, with their me-too approaches, simply cannot deliver.
Infinera helped bring broadband to Grant County residents and Zayo selected Infinera to improve performance.

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Nathesh is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Nathesh's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Tim Gray