1 September 2011

Infinera expands with Moscow HQ to support customers in Russia & CIS

Infinera Corp of Sunnyvale, CA, USA, a vertically integrated manufacturer of digital optical network systems incorporating its own indium phosphide-based photonic integrated circuits (PICs), has established its Russian headquarters in Moscow.

Infinera Russia will focus on marketing and sales operations, and work closely with local partners to expand the firm's manufacturing presence and capabilities in the region. The new entity has been created to support telecom carriers and service providers in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) as Infinera increases its activities globally.

Recently, Moscow-based RETN (a Russian wholesale telecom carrier and Infinera customer since 2008) upgraded its pan-European optical network with the latest generation of the Infinera Line System (ILS). RETN specializes in connectivity within Russia and between major international traffic exchange points. Since being established in 2002, it has expanded, upgrading capacity and increasing its number of points of presence (POPs). RETN’s network is now one of the largest in Russia, extending north and south, and from Moscow to London, and being directly connected to more than 800 international and domestic carriers.

“Russian carriers see the value of Infinera’s unique technology based on photonic integration,” says Alexey Popov, general director for Infinera Russia. “Launching this new entity in Moscow reaffirms our commitment to the region and to customers like RETN,” he adds. “We also believe that it will better enable carriers in this country to benefit from an Infinera Digital Optical Network.”

In 2008, RETN deployed Infinera’s DTN for its ease of use and ability to turn up services quickly. This enabled it to increase total network capacity and provide a broad range of services including IP, MPLS, SDH and managed wavelength services. RETN’s network has now been upgraded with Infinera’s next-generation line system, which supports ultra-long-haul reach, optical express, and future multi-Terabit scalability. Along with Infinera’s PIC-based line modules, the expanded capabilities of the ILS offers a highly efficient hybrid EDFA/Raman amplification capability that will allow RETN in future to scale to 8.0Tb/s per fiber, and to deploy 40G and 100G wavelength – all without the need for additional upgrade of optical fibers and amplifiers, says Infinera. The ILS upgrade to RETN’s network covers a route of more than 17,000km.

“The ILS has allowed us to double the wavelength density of our competitors with greater simplicity and ease of use,” comments RETN’s CEO Dmitry Samarin. “The convenience of having local sales and support teams in Moscow is an added bonus.”

Infinera notes that its ILS packs up to 160 dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) channels into the C-band, increases optical reach beyond 2500km, and enables future capacity upgrades up to 8Tb/s of fiber capacity, supporting capacity growth and flexible deployment of services from 1GbE to 100GbE.

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