AUGUST 17, 2009 -- XO Communications has selected Infinera's (search Lightwave for Infinera) ILS2 line system to deploy an ultralong-haul nationwide network expansion (its third expansion), which will deliver 160 wavelengths on a single fiber and create 1.6 Tbps of additional optical capacity. The upgrade will more than double the capacity of the XO intercity transport network.
The capacity upgrade will be completed later in 2009 and will help XO Communications meet the increasing demand for high-capacity network transport from carriers, service providers, and large enterprise customers. The upgrade will also support XO's Carrier Services network transport offerings, including its "Carrier Wavelength FLEX" promotion and its "10 Gigs in 10 Days" carrier service guarantee.
Using the GMPLS-powered service intelligence in Infinera's IQ network operating system, XO Communications will be able to provision any service, currently from 1 Gbps to 40 Gbps, and up to 100 Gbps in the future, between any two points on the network in 10 days or less.
In 2006 XO Communications deployed the first-generation Infinera DTN system; in 2007 the company again expanded its core transport network, deploying an additional 800 Gbps of capacity on major coast-to-coast routes across the United States. Infinera says its current DTN system is the only DWDM system with 160 wavelengths in the C-band and is scalable to 8 Tbps in the future.
"We chose to continue our close relationship with Infinera because of its revolutionary technology, not to mention the world-class engineering and logistics support Infinera provides," says Randy Nicklas, chief technology officer at XO Communications. "We recognize that bandwidth growth and the adoption of Ethernet have come at an inopportune time in the economic cycle. While many carriers are faced with tight budgets, XO continues to invest in its network, deploying the best technology and affording customers a variety of innovative products and services that offer flexibility in both price and service terms."
"We are delighted to continue our partnership with leading nationwide service provider XO Communications," says Infinera chief executive officer Jagdeep Singh. "The technical and feature enhancements in our ILS2 line system coupled with its economic value proposition were designed to enable our customers to realize greater performance in their Digital Optical Network, and enhanced competitiveness in the marketplace."