Infinera’s Network Efficiency Quotient (EQ) is a framework for comparing next-gen optical transport network architectures, allowing network operators to evaluate the ripple effect of architectural decisions on the total cost of ownership (TCO). 

The EQ Estimator, EQ Power Analyzer and EQ Engagement parts of Network EQ help operators compare the impact of capex/opex of architectural alternatives over time. “The results show that some operators may be able to reduce TCO by up to 70 percent with an optimal architectural approach,” Infinera says. 

The EQ Estimator and EQ Power Analyzer are available on PCs, tablets and smartphones.
“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 CEO Tom Fallon. “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.”

According to Infinera, the TCO benefits of an integrated OTN switching and WDM architecture can be further enhanced through the use of systems that utilize photonic integrated circuit (PIC) technology. 
“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 PIC-based WDM optics,” comments Randy Nicklas, senior vice president/CTO 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.”

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