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10 March 2014

Windstream deploys Infinera Intelligent Transport Network for 100G long-haul express network

Windstream of Little Rock, AK, USA, which provides network communications to businesses nationwide, and 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), say that they are deploying the Infinera DTN-X platform, featuring 500Gb/s super-channels across Windstream’s long-haul express network. The Infinera Intelligent Transport Network enables Windstream to differentiate its services, protect its investment, and lower operational expense as it scale its network.

Windstream operates a nationwide fiber and IP network, covering 118,000 miles of fiber and 27 data-center locations across the USA. As a cloud solutions provider, Windstream serves businesses with a wide range of cloud communication needs, in addition to offering an advanced data, voice and video network that provides low latency and reliable 100 Gigabit Ethernet services.

The Infinera Intelligent Transport Network features what is claimed to be the industry’s only commercially available single-card 500Gb/s FlexCoherent super-channels, based on Infinera’s widely deployed PICs. This provides Windstream with a solution integrating DWDM optical transmission and 5 terabit per second non-blocking OTN switching in a single platform. Infinera’s intelligent software combined with this converged platform automates manual operations to lower operational costs and enable faster service delivery. The DTN-X is designed with 1 terabit per slot, enabling it to scale without compromise to single-card terabit super-channels and Terabit Ethernet in the future.

“By deploying the Infinera Intelligent Transport Network, Windstream will significantly increase the capacity of our network infrastructure,” says Randy Nicklas, executive VP of engineering & chief technology officer at Windstream. “The DTN-X platform enables us to offer services that result in lower latency for mission-critical applications while providing a network that is even more reliable and enables rapid provisioning of services,” he adds.

“As the proliferation of content-rich and low-latency applications place greater demands for ultra-high bandwidth speeds, coupled with advances in optical technologies driving more efficient and cost-effective network infrastructure solutions, carriers deploying state-of-the-art 100G upgrades are well positioned to meet the increasing network capacity requirements and to capitalize on the expected growth in 100GigE services,” comments Roopashree (Roopa) Honnachari, program manager for Business Services at market research firm Frost & Sullivan. “According to Frost & Sullivan’s latest report on the US wavelength services market, the total revenues (wholesale and retail) for 100GigE services is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 165% between 2013 and 2017, reaching nearly $120m by 2017.”

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