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  • From: "Lauren Rotman" <>
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  • Subject: Internet2 and Infinera to Partner for Advanced Internet Development and Innovation
  • Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2006 08:16:11 -0400

Internet2 and Infinera to Partner for Advanced Internet Development and

Collaboration to Enable Leading-edge Research and Discovery in new 40G and
100G Optical Backbone Technology

ANN ARBOR, Mich and SUNNYVALE, Ca, July 24, 2006 - Internet2 and Infinera
today announced they have signed a wide-ranging agreement that will support
the development of next-generation Internet technology with more
intelligence, bandwidth and capabilities, including the testing and
deployment of 40 to 100 Gigabit per second (Gbps) services.

Through the agreement, Internet2 and Infinera plan to collaborate to pursue
development projects that will drive leading edge network capability for the
national research and academic community; make new services and applications
available to the worldwide community of Internet users; and help to make
possible revolutionary Internet applications. Key areas of technology
development will include: lab and network-wide tests of super-lambda
services including 40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet service; advanced network
service management and delivery leveraging GMPLS technology; and advanced
virtual private network (VPN) services based on Layer One VPNs.

"Infinera and Internet2 share a common vision for the future path of
advanced optical technology and its potential to open new frontiers in
science and research." said Douglas Van Houweling, Internet2 president and
CEO. "We look forward to a long engagement with Infinera within the
Internet2 community as we together forge new ground in Internet development
that will have a lasting impact on research, academia, and beyond."

Last month, in a joint release with Level 3 Communications, Internet2
announced its aggressive plan to develop and deploy a new advanced
nationwide research network to provide enhanced IP services as well as brand
new experimental optical services to its members. Level 3 will deploy
Infinera's Digital Optical Networking equipment across its infrastructure in
support of Internet2's new network so that Internet2's users can provision
optical circuits dynamically. The network will initially provide the
research and education community with 100 Gigabits per second of bandwidth,
a tenfold increase over its previous network.

"We are thrilled to be working with Internet2," said Drew Perkins, Infinera
co-founder and Chief Technology Officer. "They have been a pioneer in
Internet technology, and we are looking forward to working with the
Internet2 community on some of the greatest challenges facing today's
Internet, such as making greater bandwidth available cost-effectively, and
developing a fully intelligent optical layer that can deliver enormous
bandwidth on-demand when and where it is needed."

Infinera has developed the Infinera DTN, the first optical system based on
large-scale photonic integrated circuits, with 50 optical components on a
microchip smaller than a human fingernail. Based on a Digital Optical
Networks architecture, the Infinera DTN combines high-capacity transport,
fully reconfigurable switching, and GMPLS service intelligence in one

Media Contacts:
For Internet2:
Lauren Rotman
Tel. (202) 331-5345

For Infinera:
Jeff Ferry
Tel. +1 (408) 572-5213
Mobile +1 (650) 273-2100

About Internet2
Led by more than 200 U.S. universities working with industry and government,
Internet2 develops and deploys advanced network applications and
technologies for research and higher education, accelerating the creation of
tomorrow's Internet. Internet2 recreates the partnerships among academia,
industry, and government that helped foster today's Internet in its infancy.
For more information, visit:

About Infinera
Infinera provides Digital Optical Networking systems to telecommunications
carriers worldwide. Infinera's systems are unique in their use of a
breakthrough semiconductor technology: the Photonic Integrated Circuit
(PIC). Infinera's systems and PIC technology are designed to provide optical
networks with simpler engineering and operations, faster time-to-service,
and more flexible networking. For more information, please visit

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements based on
current expectations, forecasts and assumptions that involve risks and
uncertainties. These statements are based on information available to
Infinera as of the date hereof; and actual results could differ materially
from those stated or implied, due to risks and uncertainties.
Forward-looking statements include statements regarding Infinera's
expectations, beliefs, intentions or strategies regarding the future and can
be identified by forward-looking words such as "anticipated," "believed,"
"could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "should," "will," and
"would" or similar words. Infinera assumes no obligation to update the
information included in this press release, whether as a result of new
information, future events or otherwise.

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  • Internet2 and Infinera to Partner for Advanced Internet Development and Innovation, Lauren Rotman, 07/24/2006

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