skip to main content
Close Icon

In order to deliver a personalized, responsive service and to improve the site, we remember and store information about how you use it. This is done using simple text files called cookies which sit on your computer. By continuing to use this site and access its features, you are consenting to our use of cookies. To find out more about the way Informa uses cookies please go to our Cookie Policy page.

Global Search Configuration

Ovum view


On November 17, 2016, Infinera announced the meshponder for 2.4Tbps super-channel. The meshponder utilizes Infinera's Infinite Capacity Engine, which incorporates Infinera's fourth-generation Photonic Integrated Circuit (PIC). Infinera has been lagging the market with a single-channel 16QAM 200G solution as well as point solutions in regional networks, so this will allow it to compete more effectively by offering higher-capacity and purpose-built point solutions for high-traffic scenarios.

Infinera catches up on 16QAM 200G and has more to come

Infinera needed to deliver a 16QAM 200G solution and has created the meshponder, a platform based on a sliceable 2.4Tbps super-channel technology delivered by the Infinite Capacity Engine. It has laid out a plan for six products over the next year that address metro/regional and backbone markets and use or enhance the Infinite Capacity Engine.

The next-generation PIC in Infinera's meshponder provides 4.8x the capacity of its previous 500G PIC. The fourth-generation PIC is used in two solution types: the point-to-point Cloud Express 2 (CX2) announced in August and the new meshponder solutions. The new meshponder can be connected to different meshponders with different slices (channels) directed to the appropriate meshponders. The slicing capability is enabled by the new Flexgrid ROADM. Infinera's solution can slice "elephant flows" of traffic for data centers and "mouse flows" for carriers and everything in between in 100G increments. The new PIC can adjust below 100G on a channel if the optical fiber can only support that much bandwidth, shifting to a BPSK, QPSK, 8QAM, and 16QAM capability as conditions require. The solution relies on the Xceed SDN Controller to manage the digital signal processor (DSP) for modulation, slicing the network, and adding bandwidth on demand between meshponders. Infinera will release a 400GbE client once standards are finalized to go with the 10GbE and 100G OTN and Ethernet clients on the XTC-4/10 platform.

Infinera's portfolio of meshponders addresses the growing bandwidth needs of carriers and data centers by offering 200G, open line systems, and purpose-built solutions. Infinera is going through a product transition similar to what happened with the transition from second-generation PIC to the third-generation PIC (100G) where adoption takes time. This time the customers can upgrade their existing platforms for the new PIC as opposed to deploying a new system. In addition, Infinera has added a right-sized solution to add traffic from smaller sites, thus expanding their opportunities. Infinite Capacity Engine will allow Infinera to grow its revenue based on new 16QAM 200G upgrade opportunities. The new meshponder offers carriers and webscale companies the openness, support for existing infrastructure, and flexibility they need to grow their backbone or submarine networks.


Further reading

"Infinera announces Cloud Xpress 2, a purpose-built metro DCI solution," TE0006-001288 (September 2016)

Market Share Report: 2Q16 ON Global, TE0006-001289 (September 2016)

Market Share Spreadsheet: 3Q16 ON Global, TE0006-001307 (December 2016)

OFC 2016: More Innovation and Volume for Data Center Intra- and Interconnect, TE0017-000066 (April 2016)


Don Frey, Principal Analyst, Intelligent Networks

Recommended Articles

  • Enterprise Decision Maker, Enterprise IT Strategy and Select...

    2017 Trends to Watch: Big Data

    By Tony Baer 21 Nov 2016

    The breakout use case for big data will be fast data. The Internet of Things (IoT) is increasing the urgency for enterprises to embrace real-time streaming analytics, as use cases from mobile devices and sensors become compelling to a wide range of industry sectors.

    Topics Big data and analytics IoT

  • Service Provider Technology, Enterprise Decision Maker

    IT services required to smooth the path to automation

    By Kris Szaniawski 17 Jan 2018

    Ovum expects telecoms-specific IT services to be the fastest-growing segment of the telecoms vendor services market, not just this year but also over the next five years, with a CAGR of approximately 7% over the period.

  • Service Provider Technology

    5G – Deployment and Commercial Considerations

    By Daryl Schoolar 24 Nov 2017

    In a few years, operators will start rolling out commercial, standards-based 5G networks. In doing so, these operators will face a variety of deployment scenarios based on spectrum and other various factors. The deployment decisions they make will impact what the network looks like and the types of services offered.

    Topics 5G


Have any questions? Speak to a Specialist

Europe, Middle East & Africa team - +44 (0) 207 017 7700

Asia-Pacific team - +61 (0)3 960 16700

US team - +1 646 957 8878

+44 (0) 207 551 9047 - Operational from 09.00 - 17.00 UK time

You can also contact your named/allocated Client Services Executive using their direct dial.
PR enquiries - Call us at +44 7770704398 or email us at

Contact marketing -

Already an Ovum client? Login to the Knowledge Center now