Infinera nets Russian deal

MARCH 31, 2008 -- RETN, a Russian wholesale telecom carrier, has chosen the Infinera Digital Optical Networking system for the modernization and upgrade of its national backbone network and for the construction of a new pan-European transmission ring.

MARCH 31, 2008 -- RETN, a Russian wholesale telecom carrier, has chosen the Infinera (search for Infinera) Digital Optical Networking system for the modernization and upgrade of its national backbone network and for the construction of a new pan-European transmission ring.

RETN is a wholesale carrier specializing in connectivity within Russia and among major international traffic exchange points. The company provides data and IP-based services to more than 200 communication operators in Russia, Europe, North America, and Asia. The RETN network was founded in 2002 by a group of alternative carriers in Russia. Today the company has on-network locations in most of the major markets in Europe and the east coast of the US, including London, Paris, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, New York, Washington, Helsinki, Prague, Kiev, and Stockholm. In Russia RETN has sites in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Nizhniy Novgorod, Vladimir, Velikiy Novgorod, Tver, Yaroslavl, Tula, Lipeck, Belgorod, and Voronezh.

"RETN is a fairly recent entry in the Russian wholesale carrier space, but we're now one of the most active players in the market." said Dmitry Samarin, RETN's general director. "When the group of alternative operators set up RETN we knew that the key to successful IP services was to drive down the cost per bit. DWDM plays a key role in our business strategy, and we have been searching for a DWDM supplier who could offer us the price, quality, scalability and ease of operations we need. Infinera is that company."

According to Infinera, RETN was "pleasantly surprised" at the ease of deployment and speed of new service activation with the Infinera equipment, made possible by Infinera's "Bandwidth Virtualization" technology.

"We decided to install the Infinera equipment ourselves � initially for the St. Petersburg to Helsinki route," said Maxim Syunikov, RETN's technical director. "Our technicians took the standard Infinera three-day training course and were able to install the new route, commission the equipment, and turn up the first services within one week."

RETN has ambitious plans for network expansion, says Infinera. The company is planning for three- to fourfold growth in network capacity over the next two years. That growth is expected to come from domestic services within Russia, as well as international services in Europe, Asia, and the Americas.

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