Data Center Interconnect

Telia Carrier Taps Infinera for California Expansion

Telia Carrier today announced the first deployment of Infinera's newly expanded transport portfolio, including the metro 100G products it added in acquiring Transmode, in network extension in California.

Telia Carrier -- the snappy new name for TeliaSonera International Carrier (TSIC) -- is using the Infinera gear to add a second route to its West Coast fiber footprint, doubling its metro 100G PoPs in the San Francisco/Silicon Valley region in response to growing demand and need for diversity in low-latency networks, says Ivo Pascucci, VP-Americas. In addition to carrier customers, Telia Carrier counts six of the top seven global content sites and a number of gaming companies as its customers.

"We have fiber from the Bay Area down to Los Angeles and we are adding a second lower latency fiber route between the two markets which are key markets in a high traffic route for our network in North America," Pascucci tells Light Reading in an interview. As part of that expansion, Telia Carrier is adding four new connection points in Santa Clara at data centers operated by CoreSite, EdgeConnex and Telx, now part of Digital Realty, and a new site in the San Francisco area as well.

All of this is being driven by the need for cloud service and content providers to have more 100Gbit/s connections between data centers to handle the replication of larger files and the need for more compute power, he comments. That growth is driving the wholesale transport business for Telia Carrier to the extent it is now the fastest growing segment of its business, Pascucci says, though IP transit remains the largest.

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With the new route, Telia Carrier can offer lower latency and route diversity to its data center customers.

For Infinera Corp. (Nasdaq: INFN), this marks a significant new success with a long-time customer and delivery on the promises made when it bought Transmode, notes Mike Capuano, VP of corporate marketing at Infinera. "This is our first public announcement and it shows we executed on our promise to integrate the Transmode TM-Series portfolio into the Infinera product line," he comments. (See Infinera Fleshes Out Its Metro 100G Story.)

— Carol Wilson, Editor-at-Large, Light Reading

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