Cinia Selected Xtera’s Innovative Optical Networking Platform for Pan-European Data Center Network

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Increased and enhanced connectivity enables new innovations and provides new opportunities for global companies in industrial internet

HELSINKI, FINLAND and DALLAS, TEXAS, USA – (January 14, 2016) – Cinia, a Finland-based designer, builder and operator of intelligent connectivity and ICT solutions, today announced the selection of Xtera Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: XCOM), a leading provider of high-capacity, cost-effective optical transport solutions, as one of two partners to equip a pan-European network to connect data centers across Europe. This long-distance network involves advanced technologies like 200G optical channel rate and Raman optical amplification for ultra-high link capacity. The same optical networking platform is used over terrestrial and subsea portions of this pan-European network, enabling a unified, seamless network from an operational perspective.

Cinia’s strategic ambition is to build and expand the cloud backbone to fuel the modern economy in Finland and Europe. Connectivity wise, the objective of Cinia’s international long-haul optical transmission infrastructure is twofold: building a high-capacity optical backbone network to connect data centers in Scandinavia and Central Europe, and offering a low-latency route between Europe and Asia via the so called northern Silk Road route connecting Europe to China via Finland, Russia and Mongolia.

“The underlying rationale for Cinia and its main owners is that new investments in optical communication infrastructure create a growth path for the Finnish and European economies. Datacenters and IT connectivity is highly critical for enterprises and organizations. Increased and enhanced connectivity enables new innovations and provides new opportunities for global companies in industrial internet,” said Ari-Jussi Knaapila, CEO at Cinia Group. “Partnering with two innovative suppliers helps Cinia develop an efficient optical backbone network and offer cutting edge connectivity services. Cinia’s new optical transmission infrastructure will provide big data, corporate customers and operators with a fast, reliable and high-quality network all over Europe.”

Xtera’s Nu-Wave OptimaTM optical networking platform offers a single solution for multiple applications throughout the network of operators, turning into operational cost savings on spare units, training and management systems. Xtera’s patent-protected Wise RamanTM optical amplification technology maximizes both fiber capacity and all-optical reach over any fiber type and vintage, while our flexible interface card, using the latest coherent optical technology to deliver 100G, 200G, 300G or 400G channels, help service providers seamlessly face unplanned capacity demands with minimal time to market and without additional investment.

“The Cinia contract represents a further opportunity to showcase Xtera’s technical value proposition for Data Center Interconnect (DCI) applications: ultra-high capacity per fiber pair, long reach enabling site skipping for long-haul data center to data center networks, and operational simplicity offered by common management system, sparing and training throughout the network,” said Jon Hopper, President and Chief Executive Officer of Xtera. “Our disruptive Raman-based 200G/400G technology help service providers and operators of Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) face the inflection point where the optical communications industry needs both the fiber capacity and reach that Xtera can provide.”

About Cinia Group
Cinia Group creates intelligent connectivity solutions that make the world smaller and your business smarter. We have over 10.000 km of own backbone and we are building international connectivity and sea cable connecting East and West. With over 200 own professionals we design, build and operate nationally critical systems in open system environment serving many major traffic and energy distribution operators. We have a strategic ambition to build and expand Cloud Backbone to fuel Single Digital Market in Europe and offer system solutions created for private and public sector customers. More information: http://www.cinia.fi/en.

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About Xtera Communications, Inc.
Xtera Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: XCOM) is a leading provider of high-capacity, cost-effective optical transport solutions, supporting the high growth in global demand for bandwidth. Xtera sells solutions to telecommunications service providers, content service providers, enterprises and government entities worldwide. Xtera’s proprietary Wise RamanTM optical amplification technology leads to capacity and reach performance advantages over competitive products. Xtera’s solutions enable cost-effective capacity to meet customers’ bandwidth requirements of today and to support their increasing bandwidth demand fueled by the development of data centers and related cloud-based services. For more information, visit http://www.xtera.com, contact info@xtera.com or connect via LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

Cinia Contacts:

Taneli Vuorinen, SVP Digital Infrastructure Services, Cinia Group
+358 50 2163 | taneli.vuorinen@cinia.fi

Juha Frey, Netprofile for Cinia Group
+358 40 572 4674 | juha@netprofile.fi

Xtera Contacts:

Marketing & Sales Contact:
Bertrand Clesca | +33 1 45 48 15 67 | marketing@xtera.com

Investor Contact:
David H. Allen | +1 408 427 4463 | IR@xtera.com

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