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Pacnet and Infinera First to Demonstrate 500 Gb/s Optical Super-Channels in Asia

 

SOURCE: Pacnet
22nd May 2012

Pacnet and Infinera First to Demonstrate 500 Gb/s Optical Super-Channels in Asia

Trial showcases long haul, high-bandwidth optical network transmission across 4,500 km of Pacnet’s C2C subsea network using Infinera’s Photonic Integrated Circuits and FlexCoherent super-channels

Sunnyvale, CA and Hong KongMediaOutReach–May 22, 2012 –Pacnet and Infinera(NASDAQ: INFN), today announced the completion of a collaborative effort demonstrating the successful transmission of more than 3 Tb/s of capacity over 4,500 km of Pacnet’s C2C network. This marks another demonstration that highlights Infinera’s application to Ultra-Long Haul subsea super-channels based on Infinera’s 500 Gb/s Photonic Integrated Circuit technology.

The testing was conducted with Infinera’s DTN-X platform, which has begun shipping this quarter and also demonstrated the ability to use FlexCoherent technology to software select the modulation format in order to optimize fiber capacity and reach.

Pacnet owns and operates the leading pan-Asian submarine cable network touching 21 cable landing stations and extends from India to the U.S. At the heart of this network is EAC-C2C, Asia’s leading state-of-the-art fiber optic submarine cable network, which spans 36,800 km and serves customers globally.

“We are impressed with Infinera’s DTN-X platform delivering 500 Gb/s FlexCoherent super-channels and integrated OTN switching without compromise,” said Bill Barney, Pacnet CEO. “Pacnet is dedicated to offering our customers leading-edge communications services across the Pacific Rim. We accomplish this by collaborating with one of the industry’s most innovative suppliers enabling us to build technologically advanced networks globally. This successful test with Infinera demonstrates that Pacnet’s network can scale up with the industry’s latest high speed optical technologies to deliver faster services to our customers.”

“Long-haul capable 500Gb/s super-channels are critical for carrier networks, especially in submarine applications such as Pacnet,” said Tom Fallon, Infinera CEO.  ”In fact, the real value of Infinera’s DTN-X goes well beyond its sheer size and bandwidth efficiency. The true value is its ability to future proof our customer’s most valuable asset, their fiber infrastructure, so they can continue to flexibly grow their network to accommodate wherever their customer demand takes them.”

Infinera is a pioneer in the field of super-channels embedded with FlexCoherent technology, and the first to demonstrate super-channels based on 500 Gb/s photonic integrated circuits (PICs). A super-channel is a large unit of optical capacity created by combining multiple optical carriers into a single managed entity, so that optical networks can scale capacity without scaling operational cost and complexity. Super-channels based on PICs enable operators to simply provision 500 Gb/s of capacity with a single operational maneuver; FlexCoherent technology allows operators to optimize transmission performance across a range of applications using multiple software-programmable modulation formats. The DTN-X also boasts integrated OTN switching without compromise and married with an automated GMPLS control plane delivers Bandwidth Virtualization which ensures that optical channels are efficiently utilized and enables service providers to rapidly deploy new services.

The Infinera product portfolio also includes the DTN platform designed for submarine and terrestrial networks, powered by 100 Gb/s PICs and designed to scale up to 6.4 Tb/s of transmission capacity per fiber; the Infinera ATN, a scalable metro WDM transport platform; and Infinera Managed Services for global service and support.


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About Pacnet

Pacnet is Asia’s leading communications provider delivering integrated high-performance data delivery and hosting services on a unified platform. Pacnet owns and operates EAC-C2C, Asia’s largest privately-owned submarine cable network at 36,800 km, as well as EAC Pacific, which spans 9,620 km across the Pacific Ocean. Together with its connected data centers and global IP network, Pacnet simplifies and accelerates communications for carriers and businesses, enabling them to connect with their customers and partners seamlessly in the cloud. Pacnet is headquartered in Hong Kong and Singapore, with offices in all key markets in Asia and North America. For more information, please visit: www.pacnet.com.

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 visithttp://www.infinera.com/.

This press release contains forward-looking statements including, among other things, statements relating to the features and functionality of its products now and in the future including that the value of Infinera’s DTN-X goes well beyond its sheer size and bandwidth efficiency and addresses the ability to future proof customer’s fiber infrastructure, so it can continue to flexibly grow their network to accommodate wherever their customer demand takes it. 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.

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