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30 April 2009


TeliaSonera selects Infinera for nationwide US network

TeliaSonera International Carrier, an affiliate of TeliaSonera AB (the incumbent telecoms provider in Sweden and Finland, and the largest operator in the Nordic and Baltic regions), has selected Infinera Corp of Sunnyvale, CA, USA, a vertically integrated manufacturer of digital optical network systems incorporating its own indium phosphide-based photonic integrated circuits (PICs), to build a new nationwide network in the USA.

TeliaSonera AB provides landline, mobile and broadband services in Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark and also offers services in the emerging markets of Eastern Europe and Asia, including Russia and Turkey. Its international division, TeliaSonera International Carrier, is a pan-European wholesale provider of cross-border IP, voice and wholesale services, and offers services on more than 43,000km (27,000 miles) of its own fiber-optic network throughout the world. In 2008, TeliaSonera AB had net sales of SEK104bn ($12.9bn) and its customer base included 135 million subscribers in 20 countries.

TeliaSonera International Carrier is now upgrading its nationwide US network and deploying the Infinera DTN. As the only optical system based on large-scale photonic integrated circuits, the DTN is a digital reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplexer (ROADM) for long-haul and metro core networks, combining high-capacity DWDM transport, integrated digital bandwidth management, and GMPLS-powered service intelligence in a single platform.

Infinera claims that it was selected because its digital architecture and ease of operation will enable TeliaSonera International Carrier to provide superior flexibility, as well as improved quality, responsiveness and service, to its customers in the US wholesale market. “We have undertaken a thorough assessment of options open to us and have been impressed by the strong solution being offered, which allows us to be at the cutting-edge of technological advances in the industry whilst maintaining a competitive cost base and further increasing service levels in our networks,” says Regina Donato-Lundgren, VP & Head of IP Production at TeliaSonera International Carrier Broadband Services.

“This is the latest example of a large, forward-thinking incumbent carrier benefitting from the advantages of Infinera's digital architecture based on large-scale photonic integration,” says Infinera’s CEO Jagdeep Singh.

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