Infinera launches network Efficiency Quotient

Telecom Lead America: Digital optical communications
solutions provider Infinera has launched the network Efficiency Quotient (EQ).

Network EQ is designed for comparing optical transport
network architectures, enabling network operators to evaluate the effect of
architectural decisions on the total cost of ownership.

Infinera also launched two new applications that enable
estimation and analysis of transport network EQ.

As part of the announcement, Infinera has also unveiled
EQ Engagement which provides select customer engagements with Infinera
consultants for network specific TCO analysis.

EQ is capable of comparing the impact of Capex and Opex
of architectural alternatives over time.

Infinera claims that some operators may reduce TCO by up
to 70 percent with an optimal architectural approach.

“Through several years of deploying and maintaining
Infinera technology across our optical transport network we have enjoyed the
improved network efficiencies enabled by a system that combines OTN switching
with Photonic Integrated Circuit-based WDM optics,” said Randy Nicklas, senior
vice president and chief technology officer at XO Communications.

“By working with Infinera, we’ve been able to
realize the benefit of increasing wavelength efficiency while reducing space
and power consumption compared to alternative solutions,” Nicklas added.

The TCO benefits of an integrated OTN switching and WDM
architecture can be enhanced through the use of systems that utilize photonic
integrated circuit (PIC) technology.

“In conversations with service providers around the
world, we are seeing increased focus on driving efficiencies from the transport
network to the bottom line of their income statement,” said Tom Fallon,
Infinera CEO.

“The EQ framework simplifies the analysis of
transport network architectures as they impact total cost of ownership,
providing operators a quick way to recognize opportunities to improve network
efficiency for their bottom line,” Fallon added.

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