100G for Low-power Packet-Optical Metro Networks

Traffic in metro networks is growing faster than in backbone networks, and Ethernet data is surpassing legacy data according to current market research, creating a surge in demand for metro 100G solutions. The recent developments in 100G pluggable optics address the specific challenges found in metro networks, such as economics, power and space constraints. Infinera capitalizes on these developments and offers a low-power and high-density 100G metro solution supporting Layer 1 and Layer 2 services.

This solution addresses the metro/regional network and is built on Infinera’s XTM Series packet-optical platform. It provides the market’s first fully pluggable 100G metro solution for both optical (Layer 1) and Ethernet (Layer 2) services, with support for coherent optics.

Infinera’s metro/regional 100G solution features:

  • Low power consumption and smaller footprint as a result of technology advances in coherent C form-factor pluggable (CFP) technology
  • Support for Layer 1 and Layer 2 100G services
  • Highly flexible with support for a broad range of distance options, including pluggable coherent optics

You can read more in our XTM Series Application Note and in the related datasheets: 100G OTN Muxponder, 100G OTN Transponder, EMXPIIe and PT-Fabric.

Fierce Innovation Awards 2014
Infinera’s metro 100G solution was selected as finalist in the Fierce Innovation Awards’ core/transport category. Read more
Mattias Fridström, Chief Technology Officer at Telia Carrier said, “The West Coast is a critical network segment in the U.S., and we are adding an additional route to further enhance customer experience in the region. The Infinera XTM Series makes the economics of 100G work. This metro solution brings with it the benefits of an integrated, low-power and space-saving design. More and more of our customers are doing the math and working out that now is the time to invest in 100G. And thanks to Infinera, we are ready for them.”