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Infinera, provider of Intelligent Transport Networks, and Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation (MBC), a successful wholesale open-access transport provider, announced the deployment of the Infinera DTN-X packet optical transport networking platform. The Infinera Intelligent Transport Network, featuring the DTN-X platform, enables MBC to increase network scale to several terabits per second of connectivity across Virginia.
MBC has partnered with the Mid-Atlantic Research Infrastructure Alliance (MARIA) who co-invested in the network upgrade to support their 100 gigabit per second (Gb/s) connections to Internet2 and collaborations with Research and Development institutions. MARIA is a non-profit corporation that brings together Virginia’s major research universities to facilitate access to shared technology infrastructure for research, also known as cyberinfrastructure. MARIA members include the College of William and Mary, George Mason University, James Madison University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia Tech. Internet2 is currently the United States’ largest and fastest, globally connected Research and Education network.
The design of Infinera DTN-X platform enables MBC’s core transport network backbone to grow by tenfold, meeting the rapidly advancing needs of high-performance, data intensive research and collaboration for biotech and big data applications now and in the future. This network enhancement positions MBC and the Southern Virginia region as among the best-connected in the country.
The Infinera DTN-X platform enables MBC to deliver capacity of 100 Gb/s coherent transmission today via 500 Gb/s super-channels, with a forward-scale design to support terabit super-channels in the future. The high capacity super-channels are enabled by 500 Gb/s photonic integrated circuits (PICs) developed and fabricated by Infinera — the only supplier delivering 500 Gb/s of transmission capacity from a single line card today. PICs enable the DTN-X platform to integrate dense wavelength division multiplexing super-channel transmission with the potential to expand up to 12 Tb/s of non-blocking optical transport network switching, providing seamless expansion as traffic requirements grow in the future.
“Infinera’s innovative optical transport solutions have been the foundation of MBC’s open-access transport network since our inception,” said Tad Deriso, President and CEO of MBC. “The upgraded MBC network continues to be operationally simple and will deliver initial capacity of four terabits per second while greatly improving our non-profit mission of promoting economic development and bridging the digital divide.”
“We are pleased the Infinera Intelligent Transport Network continues to be the foundation of MBC’s unique open-access network,” said Scott Smith, Infinera vice president, sales. “Infinera is committed to continuing to provide MBC with a solution that automates, converges and simplifies its optical transport network to reliably deliver advanced services to its customers.”