Telekenex taps Infinera for metro network

MAY 22, 2007 -- Telekenex has selected an Infinera Digital Optical Network for its fast-growing metro network in the San Francisco Bay Area, the systems supplier says.

MAY 22, 2007 -- Telekenex (search for Telekenex) has selected an Infinera (search for Infinera) Digital Optical Network for its fast-growing metro network in the San Francisco Bay Area, the systems supplier says.

Based in San Francisco, Telekenex provides business-grade voice over IP services. Telekenex's network connects central offices and data centers across California and nationwide, enabling them to offer a wide range of voice and converged voice, video, and data services to small and medium-sized businesses. After completing a private fundraising last month, Telekenex is expanding its network and its service offerings to meet growing demand.

"Small and medium-sized businesses have the same communications challenges as large enterprises. We help SMBs leverage our converged network with fully managed IP solutions that improve productivity and save money," said Telekenex CEO Brandon Chaney. "This is an underserved market and we are seeing tremendous growth right now."

Telekenex selected Infinera because of the operational simplicity of Infinera's digital architecture and the quick and easy scalability of the Infinera equipment, according to the vendor. Infinera adds that Telekenex COO Anthony Zabit said that when attempting to plan for network growth with traditional optical systems, it was very hard to reliably forecast the costs of adding wavelengths or circuits because complex optical parameters, such as optical amplification, could require unforeseen modifications and change-outs.

"The Infinera operating model is simpler, more cost-effective, and more consistent," Zabit commented. "Telekenex chose the simpler and more scalable solution, which positions us to grow our network as demand grows."

"We are very pleased to welcome an innovative, fast-growing company like Telekenex as a customer," said Infinera CEO Jagdeep Singh. Singh added that the selection of the Infinera DTN by both metro and long-haul carriers shows the versatility of the Infinera Digital Optical Networking architecture and the expected cost-effectiveness of Infinera's large-scale photonic integrated circuits, which are at the heart of every Infinera DTN System.

The Infinera DTN is architected to combine high-capacity transport, fully reconfigurable switching and GMPLS service intelligence in one platform.

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