RETN, the international network service provider, announced today the expansion of its pan-European network into the Balkans. The three recently announced PoPs in Bucharest, Belgrade and Sofia are interlinked and directly connected to the PoPs in Budapest and Vienna by 10G routes forming a ring. The new routes enable direct connection of the three largest countries on the Balkan peninsula with the rest of Europe where RETN operates.
How does this affect Infinera? Infinera provides their long-haul backbone:
Infinera, provider of Intelligent Transport Networks™, and RETN, an international network service provider, announced the deployment of the Infinera DTN-X packet optical transport networking platform across RETN’s Pan-European network. The Infinera Intelligent Transport Network, featuring the DTN-X platform, enables RETN to differentiate its service offerings and increase network efficiency as it scales network capacity across its extensive Pan-European backbone.
RETN operates a backbone that stretches over 30,000 kilometers of fiber and connects 26 countries across Europe, Asia and North America. RETN has selected the Infinera DTN-X to power its network core and its crucial points of presence that are located in Europe. RETN’s homogeneous Pan-European network infrastructure along with associated Internet Protocol circuits is capable of providing 100 gigabit per second (Gb/s) services on multiple routes in Europe.
If I would gander a guess, RETN would have added a few more blades to their backbone as they expanded their reach.