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Infinera's InP-based DTN-X to link Europe and Asia

Cable&Wireless Worldwide will deploy Infinera's 500 Gb/s super-channels, which employ indium phosphide technology, on one of the most advanced and reliable fibre optic networks in the region

Cable&Wireless Worldwide (CWW), an international integrated communications and data hosting provider, has selected Infinera's Digital Optical Network solution, based on the new DTN-X platform.

The solution will be used for CWW's Europe Persia Express Gateway (EPEG) network, delivering a reliable, high capacity network connection between Europe and Asia. CWW chose Infinera's DTN-X platform for its scalability, simplicity and efficiency, and ability to support a muliterabit network.

Cable&Wireless Worldwide is a global telecommunications company providing a wide range of high-quality managed voice, data, hosting, and IP-based services and applications. CWW's international cable network spans every continent covering more than 150 countries.

EPEG will stretch approximately 10,000 km from Frankfurt in Germany to Oman with the unique attribute of having only 246 km of undersea cable and all other routes terrestrial. EPEG will allow a telecommunication transit route alternative to the Red Sea, Suez Canal, Egypt and the Mediterranean Sea regions. It can play an important 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 this project and building networks in their own regions, with CWW building out the segment from Frankfurt, Germany to the Ukraine/Russian border.

CWW's multiterabit EPEG optical network will use Infinera's Digital Optical Network InP solution, powered by Infinera's DTN-X, which includes the latest 500 Gb/s photonic integrated circuits (PICs).

The Infinera DTN-X delivers 500 Gb/s FlexCoherent super-channels and is upgradeable to 1 Tb/s super-channels in the future, providing scalability with investment protection. The platform integrates 5 Tb/s of OTN switching which will enable CWW to efficiently converge layers of the network resulting in reduced capital and operational expenses.

What's more, Infinera's intelligent GMPLS automation software will enable CWW to rapidly provision highly-reliable low-latency services, including 100 Gb/s Ethernet, making it highly competitive across the Europe to Asia route. The disruptive nature of Infinera's 500 Gb/s PIC also enables network operators, like CWW, to consume less space and power, making the platform one of the most efficient commercially available.

"We believe that 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," comments Rick Perry, vice president international planning at Cable&Wireless Worldwide. "Infinera's solution is helping to underpin that development."

"We are excited to partner with Cable&Wireless to build what we believe is the most advanced and reliable optical transport network between Europe and Asia," adds Tom Fallon, Infinera President and CEO. "At Infinera 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 fibre assets."

Infinera's product portfolio includes Infinera's DTN long haul and metro platform, powered PICs and is designed to scale up to 6.4 Tb/s of transmission capacity per fibre; Infinera ATN, a scalable metro WDM transport platform; Infinera's DTN-X platform with 500 Gb/s FlexCoherent super-channels; and Infinera's Managed Services for global service and support.
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