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September 10, 2012

PIPE Networks Picks Infinera DTN-X Platform for Submarine Cable System

By Anshu Shrivastava, TMCnet Contributor

Australia based telecommunications carrier PIPE Networks Pty Limited (PIPE) and Infinera (News - Alert), a provider of digital optical communications systems, have announced the selection of the Infinera DTN-X platform for PIPE’s submarine cable system, PPC-1.

“PIPE Networks is the company’s first DTN-X super-channel deployment in the Asia-Pacific region,” said Tom Fallon, CEO at Infinera, adding that Infinera’s FlexCoherent super-channels simplify the deployment of 100G for both subsea and terrestrial applications while delivering scalability and efficiency.

The Infinera DTN-X P-OTN platform brings scale and efficiency of the digital optical network into the terabit age. It features large scale Photonic Integrated Circuits (PIC), built-in OTN (ITU G.709) switch with 1Gb/s granularity and GMPLS based network intelligence that enables dynamically protected mesh networks.

With the help of Infinera DTN-X platform, PIPE is deploying FlexCoherent super-channels on PPC-1 to offer International and Australian carriers increased speed and resilient services. Company officials said that this marks the first deployment of optical super-channels in the Asia-Pacific region.

Additionally, PIPE has also selected the Infinera DTN-X platform for the terrestrial network delivering 500 Gigabit per second (Gb/s) FlexCoherent super-channels to multiple, strategic data centers located in Sydney.

On a single fiber, the platform supports 8 Terabits per second (T/bs), which is expected to increase the capacity, scalability and resiliency of PIPE’s extensive metro fiber network in Sydney.

Moreover, thanks to the use of the DTN-X platform on PPC-1, PIPE can now “significantly” increase capacity on PPC-1, delivering in excess of 3 Tb/s. Company officials said that it will also allow PIPE to deploy Infinera’s 100 Gb/s coherent wavelengths using high capacity super-channel transmission for the first time in the Asia-Pacific region.

Lee Harper, head of network engineering at PIPE Networks and the TPG Group, said that Infinera’s solution for the 100G market provides the company’s network with unique benefits which led to our decision to select the DTN-X platform.

“The DTN-X platform’s interoperability between our existing terrestrial and submarine networks, its ease of use when provisioning services along with the elimination of transponders at cable landing stations all led to our decision,” Harper said.

Harper said that they move a significant amount of data around the country, and deploying the DTN-X allows them to distribute reliable, high-capacity services with great simplicity and with industry-leading provisioning lead times.

PIPE selected the Infinera DTN-X platform after a detailed multi-vendor evaluation process and one of the key factors in the selection of the Infinera DTN-X platform was the attraction of a solution based on Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs).

Earlier in August, Kodiak Kenai Cable Company deployed Infinera's Submarine Solution, based on photonic integrated circuits, over a legacy undersea network including a repeaterless span of 377 km.

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Edited by Brooke Neuman

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