Infinera Bags Euro Action

8:50 AM -- Optical equipment vendor Infinera Corp. (Nasdaq: INFN) has carved another notch in its European bedpost with a deployment at pan-European service provider euNetworks Group Ltd. , which runs a 15-city network in Western Europe.

On a standalone basis the deal itself isn't that amazing. euNetworks is a specialist provider of optical transport and Ethernet services to enterprises and other operators and, in terms of network size and business clout, isn't in the same league as some of Infinera's other European customers, such as Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT), Interoute Communications Ltd. , and Level 3 Communications Inc. (NYSE: LVLT). (See Infinera Wins DT, Loses the Day and Infinera Muscles Into Interoute.)

What is noteworthy, though, is the focus, once again, on the speed of implementation. Infinera's gear is known for being reliable, relatively easy to deploy, and quick to provision, and those factors are being played up again with this new deal: According to systems integrator Xantaro Deutschland GmbH, the initial, 14-city rollout of the network was completed in six weeks.

Such time-to-market attributes have also been highlighted by the likes of Interoute, which has widely deployed Infinera's gear around Western Europe, and Carphone Warehouse Group plc (London: CPW), which built a national U.K. network in eight weeks. (See Interoute Deploys Infinera and Brits Build Backbone With Infinera .)

— Ray Le Maistre, International News Editor, Light Reading

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