Telefonica International Wholesale Services (TIWS), part of Telefonica Global Solutions, and Infinera INFN -1.72% announced the international upgrade to TIWS’ SAm-1 submarine Cable Network, connecting North and South America with the Infinera DTN-X platform. The Infinera DTN-X platform is capable of delivering 500 gigabit per second (Gb/s) long haul super-channels, enabling Telefonica to address growing bandwidth demands from millions of internet users, mobile subscribers and business customers in South America.
TIWS designs and manages the international communications infrastructure of the Telefonica Group, offering an integrated voice, video and data network, with more than 100 points of presence distributed across 60 cities and 40 countries. TIWS’ network consists of more than 20,000 kilometers of diverse SAm-1 underwater cable that guarantees its customers optimal sturdiness and reliability. SAm-1 uses Infinera’s family of products to carry traffic for over 200 million customers connecting South America with the USA, including landing stations in Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Guatemala, Colombia, Puerto Rico and Florida.
Infinera’s DTN-X enables Telefonica to deploy 500 Gb/s long-haul FlexCoherent super-channels integrated with 5 Terabits per second (Tb/s) of Optical Transport Network (OTN) switching per bay. Infinera’s FlexCoherent technology enables Telefonica to optimize transmission performance using multiple software-programmable modulation formats. By deploying FlexCoherent super-channels, Telefonica can scale network capacity without scaling operations. Integrated OTN switching, coupled with an industry leading GMPLS control plane, delivers a network with the highest wavelength flexibility and a low cost of ownership.
“Building our network with Infinera’s solutions has enabled us to seamlessly upgrade to higher data-rates and provision services quickly and easily,” said Jose Ramon Vela, CEO of Telefonica Global Solutions. “Our positive experience with Infinera’s solutions assures us that our investment in the DTN-X will enable us to scale into the future and continue to turn up services more quickly for our customers. Infinera’s 500 Gb/s long-haul super-channels allow us to continue delivering quality and reliability of service throughout our entire network, and allows us to extend the productive life of our submarine cable,” added Jose Ramon Vela.
“The Infinera DTN-X platform gives Telefonica the flexibility to efficiently accommodate their network demands, allowing them to deploy 500G long-haul super-channels,” said Tom Fallon, Infinera CEO. “The DTN-X offers integrated DWDM transport and OTN switching without compromise coupled with industry leading 500G photonic integrated circuits, together enabling Telefonica to deploy services quickly to improve their competitive position in the marketplace.”
Telefonica International Wholesale Services has been upgrading its submarine network throughout South America using the Infinera DTN platform, based on 100 Gb/s PICs and 40Gb/s coherent modulation, since 2009.
Press Release, September 21, 2012