In its quest to further disrupt the DWDM marketplace with its DTN-X gear, Infinera (NASDAQ:INFN, news, filings) today announced both a key product enhancement and a large new customer. Investors and customers alike waited impatiently for the company's 100G entry, but since it started shipping in the second quarter the vendor has been moving quickly.
Today Infinera unveiled their Instant Bandwidth service for the DTN-X, which allows operators to provision bandwidth in 100G increments instantly via software activation. The DTN-X and its associated software can pull that off because they are separated the delivery of actual wavelengths from the delivery of the capacity, delivering bandwidth from the larger pool offered by a 500G super-channel.
And TeliaSonera's International Carrier division will be using the DTN-X with Instant Bandwidth on its US fiber network. That network is built off of fiber TeliaSonera acquired from Wiltel way back in the bubble, and represents the only national dark fiber footprint in the US still owned by a foreign PTT. In Europe of course, they are using NSN gear. The combined infrastructure powers the company's Tier 1 IP backbone, which is one of the largest out there.
TeliaSonera has been an Infinera customer in the US for some time of course, and was known to be trialing the DTN-X. Last November the two demonstrated a 1Tbps connection using 500Gbps super-channels between Los Angeles and San Jose. The new gear will be replacing the Infinera's older DTN technology that was installed a few years back. TeliaSonera hopes to gain a speed advantage over the competition when it comes to the growing demand from the burgeoning cloud computing sector, as virtualized platforms and truck rolls do not play well together.
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