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GlobeNet Improves Connectivity in Americas with Infinera DTN-X

December 10, 2014

The growth of cloud services and mobile technology is creating massive amounts of data by individuals and organizations. In order to manage the influx of data, next generation networks are being deployed by operators around the world with both Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and Software Defined Networking (SDN) to simplify, lower costs and deliver the flexibility needed to scale their networks. GlobeNet, a wholesale provider of Latin and North America data network services, announced it is deploying the Infinera DTN-X packet optical transport networking platform so it can increase its capacity and efficiency as the market in the Americas continues to experience strong growth.

The DTN-X packet optical transport networking platform is created by Infinera, provider of Intelligent Transport Networks. As a multi-terabit packet optical network platform, the DTN-X solution allows network operators the scalability to grow efficiently with its large scale Photonic Integrated Circuits (PIC), built-in OTN (ITU G.709) switch with 1 Gbps granularity and GMPLS based network intelligence. This makes it possible for DTN-X to deliver next step function in optical networking enabling dynamically protected mesh networks.

While network operators are experiencing incredible growth, the best they can hope for is to deploy the best available solution to meet the demands of their customers. The Infinera solutions lets operators optimize their fiber assets, scaling to 5 Tbps per bay today, and to 1 Tbps of slot capacity allowing 12 Tbps per bay and 240 Tbps in a multi-bay configuration in the future.

Currently, GlobeNet operates more than 23,500 kilometers or 14,602.2 miles of fiber optic subsea cable linking the Americas and providing carriers with a wide range of high-performance, high-capacity and low-latency services. The deployment of the DTN-X platform extends the relationship the company has with Infinera for its entire U.S. terrestrial backhaul network. This will give it enough capacity to simultaneously stream over one million high-definition videos delivering over eight terabits per second (Tbps) of transmission capacity on a single fiber.

Some of the feature of the platform include:

Scalability – with PIC-based FlexCoherent super-channel line system and multi-terabit, non-blocking OTN cross connect.

Simplicity – with digital plug and play automation and GMPLS intelligence and network convergence of DWDM, OTN and packet switching.

Efficiency – by consuming 50 percent less power and 33 percent less space while at the same time delivering bandwidth virtualization to ensure maximum usage of all available bandwidth.

Embedded GMPLS enabled Intelligence – to drive down operating costs by using Embedded Software Intelligence for automatic topology discovery and inventory management; point and click end-to-end service provisioning; <50ms hardware based protection for mesh and ring configurations; dynamically protect services, even in catastrophic failure scenarios; and Optical/IP integration via an Optical UNI.

The GlobeNet network links cable landing stations in Tuckerton, NJ and Boca Raton, FL, USA; with cable landing stations in Fortaleza (CE) and Rio de Janeiro (RJ), Brazil; St. David's, Bermuda; Barranquilla, Colombia; and Maiquetía, Venezuela. 

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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