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Sunnyvale, Calif. – November 17, 2016, 8:00 a.m. EST USA – Infinera, a provider of
Intelligent Transport Networks, announced a number of new platforms within the award winning
DTN-X Family designed to power cloud scale networks. With this announcement, Infinera is
ushering in the next generation of Intelligent Transport Network architecture that blends the best
of web scale technologies with the best of telco-grade technologies, yielding over 50 percent
better total cost of ownership (TCO) over conventional networks. Infinera announced two new
platforms, the XT-3300 and the XT-3600 meshponders, as well as significant upgrades to the
XTC-4 and XTC-10 Packet Optical Transport Node (P-OTN) platforms. Infinera also announced
the MTC-6 FlexILS chassis and 20-port super-channel Flexible Grid Reconfigurable Optical
Add-Drop Multiplexer (FlexROADM), a key element within one of the most widely deployed
flexible grid open line systems.
New cloud-based applications such as the Internet of Things (IoT), Network Function
Virtualization (NFV), XaaS, video and virtual reality are driving a growing amount of bandwidth
across service provider subsea, long-haul, metro and data center interconnect (DCI) networks.
As cloud infrastructure expands and networks migrate to a new architecture of Layer C (Cloud
Services) and Layer T (Intelligent Transport), service providers need their Layer T networks to
adapt to new traffic flows and to support smooth scale-out expansion. These cloud scale
networks allow service providers to efficiently address both large N x 100 gigabit Ethernet (GbE)
linear connectivity requirements driven by web scale operators as well as the diverse mesh
connectivity requirements driven by more traditional telco enterprise and residential customers.
To meet these requirements, service providers need cloud scale networks that are:
 Scalable and sliceable – multi-carrier super-channel technology delivering massive
bandwidth per optical engine along with the ability to use software defined networking
(SDN) control to independently tune, modulate and route each wavelength
 Integrated and disaggregated – integrated dense wavelength division multiplexing
(DWDM) and switching platforms working in harmony with disaggregated server-like
platforms to build the most cost effective networks possible
 Secure and open – completely open and programmable solutions while featuring inflight
line-rate encryption and other critical security features
The DTN-X Family platforms now integrate the ground-breaking Infinera Infinite Capacity
Engine featuring the Advanced Coherent Toolkit. The new server-like DTN-X XT-3300 and XT-
3600 are the industry’s first meshponder platforms, which combine sliceable photonics and
muxponder functionality to deliver hyper-scalability up to 2.4 terabits per second (Tb/s) along
with fine-grained granularity for optical mesh networks. The server-like small form factor
meshponder platforms, developed from experiences in the web scale market, seamlessly
interoperate with the chassis-based DTN-X XTC switching platforms.
The Infinera DTN-X XTC-4 and XTC-10 platforms have been upgraded to support 1.2 Tb/s per
slot and more than double the switching and transmission capacity through non-disruptive, inservice
upgrades. The new DWDM modules, powered by the Infinera Infinite Capacity Engine,
co-exist with the deployed modules thereby offering complete investment protection. The DTN-X
XTC now offers up to 12 Tb/s of non-blocking switching capacity and unlike competitive
systems, have no tradeoffs between client side tributary capacity and line side capacity.
The Infinera FlexILS open line system, which supports over 50 Tb/s of fiber capacity, takes
super-channels from the DTN-X platforms and routes wavelengths to the appropriate
destination for flexible optical mesh networking. The new 20-port super-channel FlexROADM
supports flexible grid super-channels with single-channel granularity and full CDC (colorless,
directionless, contentionless) functionality while using six times fewer fibers than conventional
ROADMs. FlexILS now includes the new compact MTC-6 chassis and is fully open and
interoperable with Infinera and third-party terminals.
All of the new capabilities in the FlexILS and DTN-X Family are controlled by the Xceed
Software Suite and managed by Infinera’s Digital Network Administrator (DNA). This
comprehensive software portfolio enables service providers to simply and easily optimize the
network including keeping traffic at the optical layer longer and only grooming and switching
when necessary.
By bringing these capabilities into the next generation unified Intelligent Transport Network and
supporting the migration to cloud scale networks, service providers can dramatically decrease
TCO by over 50 percent through reduced equipment, power and space consumption.
“Windstream is one of the fastest growing providers of advanced network communications in the
US,” said Buddy Bayer, Senior Vice President, Transport Engineering at Windstream. “As we
expand our fiber transport network routes in the US, we rely on networking solutions that can be
easily upgraded like the FlexILS which provides an open line system and the new 20 port
ROADM capabilities. With an existing DTN-X deployment, we look forward to the new multiterabit
Infinite Capacity Engine based modules and platforms to power Windstream’s cloud
scale network.”
“As we expand and build our long-haul and metro networks serving over 1,200 customers in 80
countries, we look to partner with Infinera to operate highly scalable and flexible transport
networks,” said Mattias Fridström, Chief Evangelist at Telia Carrier. “We are delighted with the
array of products Infinera has announced. There are excellent solutions that can address the
tremendous growth in demand for 100G services driven by our Internet Content Provider
customers. In addition, the seamless upgrades to higher capacity in the DTN-X XTC platforms
protect the investments we’ve already made in our network.”
“Infinera is transforming transport networks to be open and cloud scale,” said Dr. Dave Welch,
Infinera Co-founder and President. “We are bringing the power of web scale to service provider
networking with the unified architecture of meshponders and multi-terabit switches managed by
a common, open control layer. The upgraded DTN-X Family and the new CDC FlexROADM
deliver a new architecture that enables network operators to cost effectively provide scalable
and secure end-user services. This architecture demonstrates Infinera’s commitment to
innovation to enable our customers to build the next generation cloud scale infrastructure.”
“Infinera continues to innovate in optical networking with industry firsts,” said Tim Doiron,
Principal Analyst, Intelligent Networking, at ACG Research. “The Infinite Capacity Engine
integrated into the DTN-X Family brings massive multi-terabit capacity in an industry leading
footprint to build cloud scale networks. With fully tunable, programmable, 100 Gigabit
bandwidth slices and SDN control, service providers can dynamically and instantly modify their
networks to match bandwidth demands with business imperatives. The Infinite Capacity
Engine’s multi-terabit wire-speed Layer 1 encryption technology provides an important and
scalable layer of network security for service providers.”
The MTC-6 FlexILS open line system chassis is shipping now. The XT-3300 platform is planned
for availability in the first quarter of 2017 with the other platforms to follow starting in the second
quarter of 2017.
Additional Resources
 Register for the webcast of Insight Infinera 2016, a live event focused on these new
solutions, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Pacific Standard Time on November 17, 2016
 Website: Infinera DTN-X Family
 Press Release: Infinera Introduces Next Step Function in Optical Networking with the
Groundbreaking Infinite Capacity Engine

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