17 November 2011

Infinera showcases latest products and demos 100GbE at SCTE Cable-Tec

In Hall B4, booth 2259 at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2011 in Atlanta this week (15-17 November), 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), is showcasing the latest release of its DTN metro and long-haul DWDM digital ROADM, ATN WDM metro edge platform, and its DTN-X (the industry’s first multi-terabit packet-optical transport platform, to be generally available in early 2012).

DTN Release 7.0 offers new capabilities including 40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) service interfaces to support high-bandwidth applications and a new DWDM line-card supporting 40Gb/s per wavelength coherent optical transmission, enabling the DTN platform to scale up to 6.4Tb/s of transmission capacity per fiber.

ATN Release 3.0 enhances the capabilities of the ATN by adding Ethernet Add Drop Multiplexing (ADM) on a blade functionality, extending the ATN regional reach up to 700km, and supporting 4G Fiber Channel services, making the ATN platform suitable for cable operators’ edge aggregation and commercial services. The ATN platform continues to support Ethernet, SONET/SDH, OTN, video services and multi-service aggregation to 10Gb/s wavelengths and fully automated optical power management.

DTN-X offers cable operators a cost-effective multi-terabit DWDM transport and switching platform by being designed with 500Gb/s super-channel PICs. It is interoperable with the DTN platform and is planned to support 10/40/100Gb/s Ethernet and OTN as well as 10/40Gb/s SONET/SDH and 8/10Gb/s Fibre Channel.

Also, in a live demonstration on Infinera’s Express truck at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, Infinera is delivering a 100GbE signal from an EXFO test set to a DTN network with a 100GbE service module, and back to the test set to confirm the signal integrity. The Infinera 100GbE interfaces are available today and are fully compliant with IEEE 802.3ba. Testing and verification of the transmission is being performed with an EXFO FTB-85100G Packet Blazer tester (the industry’s first compact portable 40/100GbE and OTN testing solution).

“Infinera solutions are valued by cable MSOs for their ability to accelerate and simplify service turn-up while delivering enhanced scalability and flexibility to meet customer demands,” says Gaylord Hart, director of CATV marketing. “Infinera’s latest product releases demonstrate that Infinera is continuing to invest and innovate to ensure that cable operators will benefit from these platforms,” he adds.

Midcontinent adds 1000 miles to existing backbone network in Minnesota

At the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, Infinera announced that Midcontinent Communications (one of the largest independent cable companies in the USA) had selected its DTN platform for its latest backbone network expansion in Minnesota, connecting newly acquired territories.

Midcontinent is the Upper Midwest’s leading cable operator, providing cable TV, broadband and digital home communication services to more than 270,000 residential and business customers in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota. It first deployed Infinera’s DTN Digital ROADM last year. With the recently acquired US Cable company’s territories in Minnesota, Midcontinent’s network now spans more than 6000 fiber miles. It continues to experience rapid growth in demand for bandwidth due to high-definition TV, broadband Internet access, growing enterprise business and new service areas. Its presence in Minneapolis-Saint Paul’s internet exchange point allows additional connectivity options for its customers, further increasing the demand for internet services. Infinera says that Midcontinent chose it for the expansion into these new territories for the simplicity, scalability and efficiency of its DTN platform.

The simplicity enables Midcontinent to deliver an array of broadband services, including Gigabit Ethernet and 10 Gigabit Ethernet, quickly and easily without an investment in additional engineering resources. “Infinera’s solution helps us scale our network efficiently,” says Jon Pederson, Midcontinent’s VP of technology. “Choosing Infinera’s DTN solution has allowed us to add capacity in days rather than months, reducing capital and operating expenses across our entire network.”

Midcontinent also deployed Infinera’s ATN metro edge platform to extend commercial services to new customers. ATN supports Ethernet, SONET/SDH, OTN, video, and multi-service aggregation onto 10Gb/s wavelengths with fully automated optical power management.

“The unique ability of Infinera platforms to quickly add capacity without complicated optical engineering has enabled operators to meet the stringent needs of a wide range of applications while also enabling a faster time to revenue,” says Gaylord Hart, Infinera’s director of CATV marketing.

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