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RETN Deploys Infinera Cloud Xpress In Europe

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Company expands use of high-capacity optical super-channels based on Infinera’s InP PIC technology




RETN, an international network service provider, has deployed Infinera’s Cloud Xpress for RETN’s regional network in Western Europe, providing connectivity between Frankfurt, Munich and Vienna.

RETN operates a backbone network that stretches over 32,000km of fibre and connects 29 countries across Europe, Asia and North America. RETN has been operating Infinera’s Intelligent Transport Networks for several years to enable construction, modernisation and upgrade of its dense wavelength-division multiplexing (DWDM) cross-border network ring infrastructure in Europe and Russia, including major transboundary routes across Scandinavia and Ukraine.

In 2015, RETN announced deployment of 500 Gb/s super-channels using the Infinera DTN-X packet optical platform across its pan-European network. RETN selected the Infinera Cloud Xpress to provide 100 Gb/s DWDM services on two of its routes in Western Europe.



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With the Infinera Cloud Xpress, RETN expands its use of high-capacity optical super-channels based on Infinera’s InP PIC (photonic integrated circuit) technology. Cloud Xpress delivers a 500 Gb/s super-channel in a two rack unit appliance for efficient transport of Ethernet services. Cloud Xpress also incorporates Infinera’s Instant Bandwidth technology to allow customers to software-activate line-side bandwidth in 100 Gb/s increments as and when needed.

“RETN is experiencing growth in high-traffic regional networks across Europe," said Tony O’Sullivan, RETN COO. “RETN prides itself on being an early adopter of new and innovative technologies. As we upgrade our networks, we turn to innovators in the industry bringing new solutions to the market first, like Infinera. We are delighted to have successfully deployed Cloud Xpress to power our regional networks in Western Europe, enabling us to deliver simple, scalable and reliable services for our customers."

“RETN’s deployment of the Cloud Xpress highlights the value the Cloud Xpress Family delivers to network operators globally," said Nick Walden, senior vice president, EMEA at Infinera. “The Cloud Xpress Family’s compact design, ease of use and scalability stand out, enabling operators to grow capacity rapidly while minimising the cost of space and power."

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