Sunnyvale, CA and Annapolis, MD – Oct. 20, 2011 – Infinera (NASDAQ: INFN) and the Maryland Broadband Cooperative announced today at the Maryland Broadband Annual Members Meeting and among Maryland government officials the launch of a statewide optical transport network built with Infinera’s regional DTN and metro ATN platforms. Maryland Broadband chose Infinera because of the simplicity, scalability and efficiency of Infinera’s solution.
The Maryland Broadband Cooperative is an open-access, middle-mile fiber provider, offering its members high-capacity synchronous optical network, Ethernet and Internet services. Spanning more than 1,300 miles, Maryland Broadband’s network will enable service providers to offer high speed broadband services to businesses, healthcare facilities, educational institutions, public safety offices and residents in rural Maryland.
“Maryland Broadband Cooperative was created to contribute to the quality of life of rural Maryland and spur economic development by providing cost effective high speed internet services to underserved regions,” said Patrick Mitchell, President & CEO of Maryland Broadband. “We looked at all the market leaders and Infinera’s solutions made the most sense–it’s reliable, simple to deploy and manage, and scalable to meet future growth in our network.”
“This is a great private-public partnership and I am excited Maryland Broadband Cooperative selected Infinera for this network,” said Peter Franchot, Comptroller, State of Maryland. “This network is important to the state in promoting economic development through the deployment of cutting edge technologies that improves communications and broadband access to rural areas of Maryland.”
“We are delighted to partner with the Maryland Broadband Cooperative on this project to bring broadband services to underserved communities,” said Tom Fallon, Infinera CEO. “Infinera’s DTN and ATN platforms enable scalable, simple and efficient regional and metro networks.”
Maryland Broadband’s deployment of Infinera’s DTN and ATN platforms through Infinera Managed Services provides their members with a state-of-the-art network that is easy to operate. The Infinera DTN platform, powered by photonic integrated circuits (PICs), is designed to scale up to 6.4 Tb/s of transmission capacity per fiber. The Infinera ATN, a scalable WDM transport platform with multi-service aggregation, brings the intelligence of the Infinera Digital Optical Network to the metro edge. Infinera’s DTN platform, ATN platform and Infinera Managed Services are elements of the Infinera product portfolio that includes the recently announced DTN-X packet optical transport network platform with 500 Gb/s FlexCoherent super-channels.