6 March 2012

Infinera’s DTN-X for multi-terabit C&W Europe Persia Express Gateway network

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), says that Cable&Wireless Worldwide (CWW) has selected an Infinera Digital Optical Network solution, based on the DTN-X platform (launched last September), for its Europe Persia Express Gateway (EPEG) network linking Europe and Asia. Infinera says that CWW chose the DTN-X platform for its scalability, simplicity and efficiency, as well as its ability to support a multi-terabit network.

As an integrated communications and data hosting provider, CWW is a global telecoms company providing a range of managed voice, data, hosting and IP-based services and applications. Its international cable network spans every continent, covering more than 150 countries.

EPEG will stretch about 10,000km from Frankfurt in Germany to Oman, with the unique attribute of having only 246km of undersea cable and all other routes terrestrial. It will allow a telecom transit route alternative to the Red Sea, Suez Canal, Egypt and the Mediterranean Sea regions and can play a key role for traffic re-routing in the event of earthquakes and disasters, which have been known to affect multiple systems at once. A number of providers are collaborating on the project and building networks in their own regions, with CWW building out the segment from Frankfurt, Germany to the Ukraine/Russian border.

CWW’s multi-terabit EPEG optical network will use Infinera’s Digital Optical Network solution, powered by the DTN-X, which includes the firm’s latest 500Gb/s PICs. The DTN-X delivers 500Gb/s FlexCoherent super-channels and is upgradeable to 1Tb/s super-channels in the future, providing scalability with investment protection, Infinera says. The platform integrates 5Tb/s of OTN (optical transport network) switching, which will enable CWW to efficiently converge layers of the network, resulting in reduced capital and operational expenses, it is reckoned. Also, Infinera’s intelligent GMPLS automation software should enable CWW to rapidly provision highly reliable low-latency services, including 100Gb/s Ethernet, making it highly competitive across the Europe-to-Asia route. Infinera says that its 500Gb/s PIC also enables network operators like CWW to consume less space and power, making the platform more efficient than any other solution on the market, it is claimed.

“The Europe Persia Express Gateway is an important international network development as it will be providing high-capacity, diverse connectivity from the Middle East region to Europe,” says Rick Perry, VP international planning at CWW. “Infinera’s solution is helping to underpin that development,” he adds.

“We are focused on helping global network operators like Cable&Wireless Worldwide to improve the scalability of their networks while simplifying operations and increasing the efficiency of fiber assets,” says Infinera’s president & CEO Tom Fallon.

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