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Press Release -- June 22nd, 2010
Source: Infinera
Tags: DWDM, Equipment, Ethernet, Exchange, Low Latency

Infinera and Spread Networks Enable Sub-13.33 ms Route Between New York and Chicago

Spread Networks Certifies Infinera for Low Latency Optical Network

SUNNYVALE, CA, Jun 22, 2010 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) --Infinera (NASDAQ:INFN, news, filings) announced today that its low latency solution has been qualified by Spread Networks as a provider for a newly built New York to Chicago dark fiber route. Round-trip latency of less than 13.33 milliseconds is guaranteed on the 825 fiber miles that Spread Networks has built specifically for financial institutions with low latency trading requirements. Infinera's latency-optimized optical networking solution is designed to reduce the equipment drag on Spread's dark fiber by more than 80%, when compared to conventional DWDM solutions, thanks to new technical innovations. The resulting optical network is ideal for accelerating high performance trading platforms and speeding information delivery.

"We are enthusiastic about Spread Networks' certification of Infinera as a network equipment provider for their new low latency fiber route," said Chris Liou, Vice President of Network Strategy at Infinera. "Spread Networks certified Infinera for its market-leading low-latency product, its commitment to ensuring the best customer experience through an extensive managed network service and support product, and its demonstrated focus on reliability and quality."

"We are pleased to have Infinera as a certified optical equipment provider on our network," said David Barksdale, CEO of Spread Networks. "Infinera has demonstrated that they are capable of providing a solution that meets our customers' high expectations for low latency and high quality service and support."

Infinera is the number one provider in the North American long-haul optical network market, according to Dell'Oro Group, with a strong history of technology innovation. When speed matters, Infinera technology offers financial institutions a flexible, high-performance, low-latency platform that is ideal for high frequency trading applications. Infinera's managed network services provide financial institutions with the unique benefits of a private optical network, such as guaranteed 24-hour circuit turn-up, 30 minute mean-time-to-repair, and 24x7x365 monitoring and maintenance.

The Infinera low latency solution has been designed around several key innovations to speed information transmission, including:

--  Ultra-fast Transponders - A transponder serves as the on-ramp to an
    optical network and is a source of network latency. Infinera's new
    low-latency transponders add as little as 10 nanoseconds to a data
    stream. Infinera believes this to be 5-10x faster than competitors
    advertise for their transponders.
--  Latency-optimized Optical Amplifiers - Infinera's low latency solution
    includes new Raman optical amplifiers designed to streamline the
    propagation of light across long haul networks. These new amplifiers
    reduce latency by more than 60% compared to conventional amplifiers.
--  Low Latency Dispersion Compensation - Fiber Bragg Grating dispersion
    compensation eliminate fiber length and thus latency. The use of Fiber
    Bragg Gratings between New York and Chicago can save 200 to 1000
    microseconds compared to a network with conventional dispersion
    compensation coils, depending on fiber type.
--  Flexible Forward Error Correction (FEC) modes - Infinera product
    enhancements include clear-channel options for Ethernet services to
    eliminate time consuming digital processing such as FEC. Other
    enhancements remove extraneous digital encapsulation to enable
    streamlined Ethernet transport over light.

With Infinera's latest low latency technologies and optical networking solution, financial institutions can minimize the most significant sources of latency in the optical transmission layer, and accelerate the high performance network underlying their trading platforms.

Spread Networks Spread Networks sets a new standard for trading latency. Built from the ground up, this flagship product offers a fresh supply of dark fiber on the shortest route between New York and Chicago, bringing round-trip latency under 13.33ms. Without the drag of traditional telecommunications offerings, Spread Networks provides its customers with a private network to achieve a 'clean speed' allowing data to run as close as possible to the true speed of light through fiber.

Exhibiting at the SIFMA Financial Services Expo in NYC from June 22-24, Infinera representatives will be on hand to provide an explanation of the features and capabilities of Infinera's low latency solution at Booth #2105. Press and analysts are invited to arrange a meeting by contacting the Infinera representatives at events@infinera.com.

About Infinera Infinera (NASDAQ: INFN) is the #1 provider of long-haul optical systems in North America. Infinera is known for technology innovation in the service of simplicity and speed: rapid deployment, instant bandwidth delivery, and low latency. Infinera products serve as the backbone of long haul and metro networks around the world. For more information, please visit http://www.infinera.com/.

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements based on current expectations, forecasts and assumptions that involve risks and uncertainties. These statements are based on information available to Infinera as of the date hereof; and actual results could differ materially from those stated or implied, due to risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding Infinera's expectations, beliefs, intentions or strategies regarding the future, including that Infinera's latency-optimized optical networking solution reduces the equipment drag on Spread's dark fiber by more than 80%, when compared to conventional DWDM solutions; that Infinera is the number one provider in the North American long-haul optical network market; that the resulting optical network is ideal for accelerating high performance trading platforms and speeding information delivery; that when speed matters, Infinera technology offers financial institutions a flexible, high-performance, low-latency platform that is ideal for high frequency trading applications; that Infinera's new low-latency transponders add as little as 10 nanoseconds to a data stream; that Infinera believes this to be 5-10x faster than competitors advertise for their transponders; that these new amplifiers reduce latency by more than 60% compared to conventional amplifiers; that the use of Fiber Bragg Gratings between New York and Chicago can save 200 to 1000 microseconds compared to a network with conventional dispersion compensation coils, depending on fiber type; that financial institutions can minimize the most significant sources of latency in the optical transmission layer, and accelerate the high performance network underlying their trading platforms. Such forward-looking statements can be identified by forward-looking words such as "anticipated," "believed," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "should," "will," and "would" or similar words. The risks and uncertainties that could cause our results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements include aggressive business tactics by our competitors, our dependence on a single product, our ability to protect our intellectual property, claims by others that we infringe their intellectual property, and our ability to respond to rapid technological changes, and other risks that may impact any of the group's business are set forth in their annual reports on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on March 1, 2010, as well as subsequent reports filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission. These statements are based on information available to us as of the date hereof and we disclaim any obligation to update the forward-looking statements included in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

For media and analysts:
Media:
Deborah Porchivina
Tel. (415) 272-0943
dporchivina@infinera.com

Investors:
Bob Blair
Tel. (408) 716-4879
bblair@infinera.com

SOURCE: Infinera

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