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Infinera InP DTN-X Platform To Be Deployed In New Zealand

The firm's indium phosphide PICs will be used in delivering 10, 40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) services
FX Networks, an owner and operator of a national network in New Zealand, has selected the Infinera DTN-X platform for its nationwide network.

The Infinera DTN-X, featuring 500 Gigabit per second (Gb/s) long haul super-channels enables FX Networks to build a new network infrastructure delivering 10, 40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) services to service providers and research and education networks.

FX Networks, a new DTN-X customer for Infinera, owns and operates a national high-capacity inter-city fibre optic network throughout New Zealand. FX Networks partnered with REANNZ, New Zealand's Research and Education Network, to build this multi-terabit countrywide network.

The innovative arrangement included joint investment and fibre sharing between the two entities to increase the capacity and footprint of the network. This new infrastructure will provide a multi-terabit network to offer scientists across New Zealand the opportunity to participate in the world's most cutting edge and data intensive experiments.

FX Networks, who will operate the network under the agreement with REANNZ, selected the Infinera DTN-X platform to deliver 500 Gb/s coherent super-channels on its network, along with its future scalability to one Terabit per second (Tb/s) super-channels. The super channels feature an integrated OTN switch and are operated using simple open intelligent software.

FX Networks also plans to offer 10, 40 and 100 GbE services to a broad set of wholesale customers across New Zealand and will leverage the ability of the DTN-X to deliver these services quickly.

"We are seeing burgeoning demand for high speed data services in New Zealand, impacted by the growing trend towards the use of cloud based services and an insatiable demand for content from customers of the ISP's that rely on our backhaul services," says David Heald, CEO at FX Networks.

"We expect this to continue and accelerate with the ongoing deployment of Ultra Fast Broadband (UFB) access services throughout most of New Zealand. The deployment of Infinera's DTN-X platform is a crucial part of our strategy to provide uncontended, reliable, cost effective data services between New Zealand's UFB Points of Interconnect, which are becoming the key locations for data aggregation in New Zealand," he adds.

"The partnership with FX Networks to deploy this massive optical network across New Zealand is a significant change for this country," says Steve Cotter, CEO of REANNZ. "With the Infinera super-channels we will be able to offer up to 100GbE services providing our scientific community with the fastest network technology available today, putting them on a level playing field with the rest of the world."

"Infinera is pleased to work with our in-country partner Dimension Data to deliver and support this multi-terabit optical network across New Zealand for FX Networks and REANNZ," Andrew Bond Webster, VP Sales, APAC, for Infinera, comments. "The Intelligent Transport Network offers differentiated services while reducing operating costs through scale, multi-layer convergence and automation, enabling high-capacity services to be delivered quickly throughout the country."

FX Networks is deploying an Intelligent Transport Network to scale network capacity, automate operations and reduce complexity by converging multi-layer switching with the industry's only commercially available 500 Gb/s coherent super-channel transmission. The Infinera DTN-X is designed to scale without compromise to enable future upgrades to terabit super-channels and Terabit Ethernet.

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