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Press Release -- May 3rd, 2012
Source: Xtera

CFE Telecom of Mexico Deploys Largest all 100G Network using Xtera’s Nu-Wave OptimaTM Platform

DALLAS, TEXAS and MEXICO, DF – (May 1, 2012) – CFE Telecom, the business unit of Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE), a state-owned utility company in Mexico, selected Xtera Communications, Inc., a leading global provider of optical and IP networking solutions, and Intercable, a leading Mexican system integrator, to transform its 22,000-km Optical Ground Wire (OPGW) based optical network into a high-capacity, multi-use national network for enterprise, research, education, business, and government services.  CFE deployed Xtera’s innovative Nu-Wave OptimaTM platform using the industry’s most advanced 100G + Raman technology to implement a flexible multi-terabit optical network that was deployed in 2011 and is currently in commercial operation.

CFE Telecom selected Xtera following a rigorous and well-attended international tender procedure.  CFE Telecom’s OPGW fiber infrastructure is built along power lines with several extremely challenging routes in excess of 2,000 km.  Xtera’s Nu-Wave OptimaTM offers multiple key benefits to CFE Telecom including long-span capabilities to avoid the building of numerous intermediate sites throughout the network and ultra-long-haul reach to implement the network without any regeneration sites.  Furthermore, these CapEx and OpEx benefits come with a design capacity exceeding the original long-term requirements, leading to capacity overhead to meet future demand at a predictable cost.

In addition to being the world’s largest 100G network, the CFE deployment also includes the longest all-optical routes ever deployed with 100G waves:

·         A 24-span, 2,500-km, all-optical path from Ciudad Juarez to Mexico City going through 9 ROADMS (with spans ranging from 30 to 227 km / 53 dB);

·         A 1,350-km route from Monterrey to Mexico City that includes a 250-km / 60-dB span.

Being the first 100G equipment in the field with soft-decision Forward Error Correction (FEC), Xtera’s Nu-Wave OptimaTM 100G optical transport multi-purpose system currently delivers a line capacity of 15 Tb/s on reach exceeding 3,000 km.  For specific unrepeatered applications, a capacity of 34 x 100G was recently transmitted over a cable attenuation exceeding 74 dB.  The proven Nu-Wave OptimaTM platform offers unparalleled 100G WDM transmission performance in real network conditions based on the combination of the industry’s most advanced 100G technology and unique line equipment with multiple versions of optical amplification to address different span configurations.

“It is an honor for Xtera to be part of a project that will bring benefits to all of Mexico,” said Jon Hopper, President and CEO of Xtera Communications.  “From the very beginning, Xtera and our partner in Mexico, Intercable, were fully committed to work with CFE Telecom to implement its forward-looking vision for Latin America’s largest and most advanced all 100G network.”

“CFE’s strict evaluation process was necessary to identify the best company with the best technology to help transform its internal network into one that would be capable of benefitting the entire nation of Mexico, supporting a multitude of emerging bandwidth-intensive applications,” said Eduardo Cerrillo, CEO of Intercable.  He also added, “We are proud to have contributed to deliver a world-class all 100G network that is fully operational, carrying customer traffic and reaching every region of Mexico.”

About CFE Telecom

CFE Telecom is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE) and is responsible for the marketing and sales of telecommunications services in Mexico. CFE Telecom has assembled an experienced team of telecommunication professionals that is customer service oriented and strongly focused on serving the Mexican market. CFE Telecom is committed to providing the high quality services with market based service guarantees to its customers.

About Xtera Communications, Inc.

Xtera Communications, Inc. specializes in network infrastructure that delivers maximum capacity, reach and value.  Providing solutions for enterprise and telecom companies, Xtera offers an extensive portfolio of optical and IP networking solutions for submarine, long-haul, regional and enterprise applications.  With deployments across five continents, Xtera’s optical transport solutions help service providers expand and accelerate their market reach with new deployments and extend the life of existing network assets with cost-effective upgrades.  Our IP networking solutions for WAN traffic management deliver efficient, flexible network optimization.  Xtera’s innovative technologies offer exceptional quality and performance, driving customer success.  For more information, visit

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