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October 20, 2009

Infinera Unveils New ATN Platform for Digital Optical Networks

By Rajani Baburajan, TMCnet Contributor

Infinera (News - Alert), a provider of digital optical networking systems for telecommunications carriers, announced its new ATN metro WDM edge platform, which company officials said could bring the benefits of Infinera's Digital Optical Networks architecture to the edge of the network, providing service providers with a seamless end-to-end managed Wavelength Division Multiplexing, or “WDM,” system.

Infinera ATN is a compact, metro optical transport platform delivering up to 40 Dense WDM or 8 Coarse WDM wavelengths on a single fiber pair. The ATN has been designed to offer best-in-class density and power consumption in a small form factor. It also supports all metro transport services, including Ethernet, SAN, SONET/SDH, OTN and video services.

The ATN offers integration with an Infinera DTN network with a common network management system, enabling end-to-end service provisioning and visibility, company officials said. 

An ATN network, in combination with a DTN network, eliminates the need of back-to-back transponders at network interconnection points, so it enables significant savings in capital expenditure. The combination can also offer end-to-end integrated OTN bandwidth management for traffic transiting the network, leveraging Infinera's integrated digital bandwidth management.

Additionally, the ATN also provides a high-density platform for stand-alone metro C/DWDM applications, including data center connectivity, commercial services extension and broadband backhaul. 

Infinera officials claim that the ease of operation and powerful management software of the ATN solution provide robust network management options from the smallest to the largest networks, enabling operators to minimize network operational expenditure.

In September, Infinera released a new submarine solution which is designed to bring enhanced capacity, new services and rapid speed of deployment to the world of subsea networks. 

The newly launched ATN platform, along with Infinera’s recently launched submarine solution, provides end-to-end optical networks capability, company officials said. Infinera products are now carrying live traffic in all segments of the DWDM market: metro, regional/long-haul and submarine.

Infinera has already won six customers for the new ATN platform. 

According to Ovum (News - Alert), an independent market analyst firm, worldwide revenue in the metro DWDM market in 2008 was $3.6 billion, with a forecast average annual growth rate of 13 percent over the next six years. 

The introduction of the ATN enables Infinera to address the full metro market, Dana Cooperson, Ovum vice-president for Network Infrastructure, said. “Infinera's ATN metro platform effectively doubles Infinera's addressable market while also strengthening its value proposition,” Cooperson said.

Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Kelly McGuire