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Infinera Introduces InP Based Multi-layer Automation For Transport

The combination of the Infinera DTN-X packet optical transport networking platform with new solutions hope to enable multi-layer automation of Intelligent Transport Networks
Infinera has launched new solutions for service providers planning to simplify the operation of multi-layer transport networks through increased automation.

Multi-layer transport networks blend the efficiency of digital switching with the scale of optical switching to create the communication foundation of cloud-based services and the Internet.

The solution includes one of the industry's first super-channel FlexROADM (reconfigurable optical add drop multiplexer), the first standards based multi-layer control plane for spectrum switched optical networks (SSON) and the first 500 gigabit per second (Gb/s) flexible-grid super-channels.

"At Telefonica I+D we continuously explore innovative technologies to help create the communication services of the future," says Juan Fernandez-Palacios at Telefonica I+D lab. "Our successful testing of the innovative FlexROADM helped shape the solution Infinera is announcing today. This is one example of how Telefonica I+D collaborates with technology innovators like Infinera to shape the next generation of optical networks."

"Infinera continues to drive innovation in the optical communications industry," continues Ron Kline, Principal Analyst at Ovum. "Adding super-channel FlexROADM capabilities to its unique photonic integrated circuit based architecture deepens the company's differentiation. A unified control plane with multi-layer automation provides needed flexibility at a time when communications service providers really need it."

Infinera claims these solutions for the Infinera Intelligent Transport Network make it easier for operators to automate the digital switching and the optical transport layers of their multi-terabit transport networks:

Infinera's converged switching capabilities have been enhanced to feature a new, purpose-built super-channel FlexROADM. The FlexROADM is colourless, directionless and contention-less (CDC) and is available in C, CD, and CDC versions up to nine degrees.

When combined with the multi-terabit OTN switching of the DTN-X platform, service providers now have a converged multi-layer solution with digital grooming of client services and optical switching of efficiently filled super-channels.

Infinera's  standards based control plane now extends transport automation beyond super-channels to control the FlexROADM, which is compliant with the Internet Engineering Task Force's (IETF) SSON framework.

The same standards based multi-layer control plane controls the digital OTN switching for point and click service establishment as well as the switching of flexible grid super-channels at the optical layer. This combination uniquely enables service providers to automate everything in the Intelligent Transport Network.

Flexible Grid Super-Channels for Efficient Long-Haul Transmission. Infinera's third generation of 500 Gb/s super-channels takes full advantage of large scale photonic integrated circuit technology and the FlexCoherent Processor to deliver the industry's first single-card long haul flexible grid super-channels. Infinera customers have deployed almost one petabit per second of Infinera's first and second generation FlexCoherent super-channels since the introduction of the DTN-X platform in 2012.

"At Infinera we work closely with our customers to understand when and where to best introduce technology innovations that drive the most value,"  says. David Welch, Infinera Co-Founder and President. "Through this collaboration, Infinera is the first to deliver multi-layer automation of transport networks to help our customers deliver services faster while simultaneously lowering operational costs."

Infinera will demonstrate its new flexible grid super-channel solutions at OFC in San Francisco from March 10th to 13th at booth #314 in Moscone Centre's South Hall.

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