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17 November 2009


Infinera named North America’s second fastest-growing tech firm

Infinera of Sunnyvale, CA, USA, a vertically integrated manufacturer of digital optical network systems incorporating its own indium phosphide-based photonic integrated circuits (PICs), has been placed second in the Technology Fast 500, which is accounting and consulting firm's Deloitte LLP's ranking of the fastest-growing technology, media, telecoms, life sciences and clean technology firms in North America. Rankings are based on fiscal-year revenue growth during the five-year period from 2004 to 2008.

“Technology Fast 500 recognizes innovative companies that have broken down barriers to success and defied the odds with their remarkable five-year revenue growth,” says Phil Asmundson, vice chairman & US Technology, Media and Telecommunications leader at Deloitte.

Infinera’s DTN digital optical network system is a digital ROADM (reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplexer) for long-haul and metro core networks, combining high-capacity dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) transport, integrated digital bandwidth management, and GMPLS-powered service intelligence in a single platform.

Infinera says that the DTN has achieved significant milestones showing worldwide acceptance as a highly reliable platform carrying voice, video, and data traffic for a broad range of telecom operators. The firm’s PICs have now surpassed a cumulative total of 200 million hours of operation in live networks worldwide with no chip failures. Infinera says that this reliability rate for the PIC (with more than 50 devices) is equivalent to or better than the reliability of a single telecom-grade laser, evidence of the high reliability of the firm's photonic integration technology and indicating significant benefits to overall network reliability.

In Q3/2009, Infinera surpassed the $1bn mark in cumulative revenue for its flagship product (the DTN), which it says signifies the commercial success of the industry’s first optical networking platform based on large-scale PICs. The DTN has now been deployed on network routes spanning more than 500,000 fiber route-kilometers.

“When we introduced the digital paradigm to optical networks in 2004, it ran counter to the all-optical paradigm then prevailing, and still prevailing, among our competitors,” claims CEO Jagdeep Singh. “These gratifying indicators of our success show that our customers have recognized the value that PIC-based digital optical networks can bring to their networks and their businesses,” he adds.

“We are working hard to bring this new paradigm to our forthcoming next-generation products and new segments of the optical networking market,” Singh continues.

Infinera’s current PICs integrate 60 optical elements including lasers, modulators, and other optical devices onto a pair of monolithic chips with a total capacity per chip of 100Gb/s. Its next-generation PICs will be designed to integrate more than 400 optical elements onto a pair of chips with a total capacity of 400Gb/s. The high level of integration enables its optical systems to deliver advantages in scalability, cost, space consumption, power consumption, and reliability, the firm claims. Infinera says that it achieved high PIC reliability through an early focus on design for manufacturability and carrier-grade reliability.

Infinera says that its digital optical networks architecture delivers greater speed, flexibility, and simplicity of operations through the deployment of a large pool of pre-deployed bandwidth and powerful software-based intelligent bandwidth management. The firm’s family of optical solutions includes the DTN and the ATN, a compact metro edge platform that extends Infinera’s digital optical network architecture to the metro edge.

Infinera DTN earns Department of Defense JITC approval

Infinera’s DTN has been approved for US Department of Defense (DoD) network deployments after passing extensive conformance and interoperability tests with the Defense Information Systems Agency’s (DISA) Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC). The JITC certification supports potential DTN deployments with the DoD and related agencies.

The DTN is the first DWDM system to be certified by JITC for carrying 40Gb/s services. Infinera says that its unique Bandwidth Virtualization makes it possible to carry 40Gb/s services over any optical infrastructure capable of transporting 10Gb/s services.

The system was tested and certified as a ‘DISN Terrestrial Transport’ device in accordance with JITC's Unified Capabilities Requirements (UCR) 2008 and has now achieved Unified Capabilities (UC) Approved Products List (APL) status.

JITC testing provides a thorough assessment of a product's ability to provide security, protocol compliance, stability, scalability, interoperability, and management for potential DoD network configurations. The DTN was installed and tested in the JITC Advanced Technologies Testbed at Indian Head, MD. The tests replicated potential DoD network configurations, and confirmed the DTN’s capability to interoperate within various configurations and protect sensitive information.

Infinera’s certifications also include approval by the US Army Test Integration Center (TIC) at Ft. Huachuca, AZ, as well as the US Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Program for deployment by telecom companies using USDA Rural Utilities Service (RUS) funding to build networks. The DTN has been deployed in public sector networks including the New Mexico state network, and the Internet2 backbone network (the world’s largest research network).

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