Infinera Trials 500G PIC

Infinera and Seacom achieve first ever 500Gbit/s optical network trial in Africa over a distance of 1732 km

August 1, 2011

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SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Infinera (NASDAQ: INFN) announced today with SEACOM, a leading pan-African telecommunications provider, the successful trial completion of five 100 Gigabit per second (100Gb/s) coherent optical signals transmitted over 1732 km. Believed to be a first of its kind in Africa, the 500Gb/s trial ran over and was looped back across SEACOM’s newly built 930 km Dark Fibre Africa (DFA) fiber route which links the SEACOM Mtunzini cable landing station in KwaZulu Natal to the Teraco data center in Johannesburg.

The live demonstration today was witnessed by members of Africa’s scientific, research and development community at Teraco’s data center in Johannesburg. The trial used Infinera’s 500Gb/s Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs), each which integrates five 100Gb/s coherent channels onto a single chip. The PICs were used for both transmitting and receiving the five 100Gb/s signals during the trial, the first time the PICs have been used to transmit and provide real time coherent processing for all 500Gb/s simultaneously on a production network. The trial also demonstrated Infinera’s FlexCoherent functionality by switching between QPSK and BPSK modulation.

“The trial is a landmark achievement for SEACOM and Infinera because it demonstrates our commitment to increase the pace at which African networks are deploying cutting-edge telecommunications infrastructure technology to support Africa’s rise as a primary scientific and business destination,” said Brian Herlihy, SEACOM CEO.

Infinera Corp. (Nasdaq: INFN)

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