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 Infinera, USA

Question 1: Describe the profound impact your technology – as part of an end-user product – has had on Society. How has the population been impacted by your technology. This could be behavioral, economical, societal, etc.
Infinera revolutionized the communications industry as the first and still the only company to produce large scale 100Gb/s photonic integrated circuits (PICs) for optical transport systems. Today, Infinera's latest 500Gb/s PICs, delivered on the DTN-X platform, provides an innovative solution that is more simple, scalable, reliable and economical for service providers globally. Our study* of a large-sized network reveals that the Infinera DTN-X saves up to 60% in overall total cost of ownership over competition over 10 years. This allows operators to rapidly create a faster and a more resilient Internet than alternate solutions, helping end-customers to be more productive in their professional, social or personal lives.

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Question 2: Tell us about how your technology is unique?  What makes it stand out? How do you differentiate it from other similar technologies?
The Infinera DTN-X platform is uniquely engineered with integration at the component and the system level. Its line cards are built with two key technologies – electronics and optics.  For electronics, some vendors have a coherent processing, including Infinera. For optics only Infinera has a large-scale PIC which combines 600 discrete functions into a pair of finger-nail sized Indium Phosphide chips. Infinera delivers 500 Gb/s on a single line-card integrating optical transport and digital switching functions with absolutely no performance compromise; scaling up to 5-10 Tb/s per bay today, and 240 Tb/s in a multi-bay system in the future. This is only possible due to PICs as they use 50% less power/cooling, and 33% less space than alternates. The DTN-X also has far fewer operational steps enabling a speedier return on investment. Network deployment can be completed in days and service provisioning in minutes via unique technologies on the DTN-X, compared to weeks using competition.

Question 3: When first launched, did your technology make a transformational change for the end-user or incremental changes by improving a current technology?  Describe this.
When first launched by Infinera, the photonic integrated circuit (PIC) technology made a huge impact on society. Several attempts over decades preceded the commercialization of the PIC technology without success. The now shipping Infinera DTN-X, based on the 500Gb/s PICs, allows global operators to deploy 500Gb/s capacity per slot on a single platform. The PIC technology has been failure-free for over 850 million hours of production thus far. Moreover the unique software capabilities on the DTN-X allow this vast capacity to be provisioned in minutes. These quantum leaps in performance are helping service providers to rapidly build a faster and a more resilient Internet.

Question 4: Give a specific example (with company names) of the buying chain for your product/technology once you sell it to the next level buyer.  Provide an example of the succession of companies your product goes through, ultimately to get to an end-user.  Example:  We produce a component that we sell to a laser systems manufacturer (name the company) who sells it to a medical OEM (name the company), who then sells it to a hospital (name the hospital).
Infinera customers span a variety in segments in the communications industry including top-tier and competitive service providers, wholesale operators, content providers, cable operators, submarine operators and research communities. For example, our solutions are sold to customers like Telefonica, CenturyLink, Interoute, Teliasonera, DANTE, PACNET, KDDI among others. These operators build networks with the Infinera DTN-X platform helping connect their customers with each other. They either sell to other service provider customers or deliver services directly to business and consumers in the form of Internet data, voice or cable video services.

Question 5: In which vertical market(s) would you classify the end-users of this technology?

Question 6: Give us your one sentence “elevator pitch” you would use to tell a non-technical person about your technology and the critical role it plays in Society.
Infinera solutions connect users across the world to a faster and a more resilient Internet improving productivity in their professional, social and personal lives. E.g. Consumers can stream Netflix or YouTube videos and engage on Facebook on networks built using Infinera solutions.

Question 7: Surprise Us! What else should we know about your product/technology?
The Infinera technology of photonic integrated circuit (PIC) has now lit up over 1.23 million kilometers of fiber, that is thrice the distance from the Earth to the Moon. Over 3 Petabits of capacity is now powered by the PIC technology with over 850 million hours in production without a single failure. This reliability is significantly higher than a non-integrated discrete optical component – the laser diode