Infinera XTM system extends Virgin Media’s UK networks

Created April 18, 2019
Applications and Research

Infinera and Virgin Media Business have announced VMB’s deployment of the Infinera XTM Series to offer UK wholesale customers the flexibility of VMB’s Flexi Filter service. VMB is one of the largest fibre optic network operators in the UK.

With its Dedicated High Capacity Flexi Filter service, VMB says wholesale customers should benefit from the simplicity of managed wavelength services combined with the flexibility to allow direct access to optical filter ports to scale their own DWDM infrastructure.

VMB’s carrier network includes 162 voice telephony switches across the UK with 330 Ethernet points of presence across 186,000 kilometers of local and metro network, making it suitable for mobile operators, internet service providers and other networks. With VMB’s Flexi Filter service using the Infinera XTM Series, VMB says its customers can “enjoy the perfect combination of form-factor, capacity, distance and port presentation.”

This enables customers to extend fibre-based footprints “deeper into access networks to support a broad range of access applications such as 5G cell tower backhaul,” continues the operator.

“End-users can choose from a range of managed service types with a build-as-you-grow model that allows additional capacity to be added as needed depending on the base configuration chosen.”

Infinera’s XTM Series is already deployed in the Virgin Media UK network and the wider Liberty Global pan-European network. The XTM Series is a modular and scalable system of pluggable optics that feature low power and high density, providing efficient delivery of Ethernet services.

With the XTM Series, VMB can interconnect aggregation points closer to its customers and offer services with speed and efficiency. Utilising the inherent flexibility of the platform, VMB’s Flexi Filter offers managed 10 gigabits per second (10G) and 100G solutions, allowing multiple client services over a single fibre pair in 1 rack unit while enabling the customer two additional wavelengths for its own services.

Andrew Halliwell, Product Director at Virgin Media Business, commented, “Introducing Flexi Filter gives customers and partners the flexibility, scalability and control they need. “Infinera’s innovative solutions and modular XTM Series technology overcome traditional connectivity constraints and frees up resources so customers can focus on delivering extraordinary outcomes for their business.”

Bob Jandro, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales at Infinera, added,  “We are pleased to provide Virgin Media Business with a network solution that is flexible and highly scalable to meet the demands of their customers This deployment emphasises the XTM Series’ ability to deliver optical and packet services required for a modernised metro network, with support for dark fibre services.”

In October last year, UK consumer and B2B telecoms provider Talk Talk, announced the deployment of Infinera’s XTM II platform into the operator’s metro aggregation network.

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by Matthew Peach

Matthew Peach is a freelance technology journalist specialising in photonics and communications. He has previously worked for several business-to-business publishers, editing a range of high-tech magazines and websites.