Menara Networks Awarded Contract to Build New DWDM Network in Iraq

Dallas, Texas, and Sulaymania, Iraq- March 15, 2013- Menara Networks, a vertically integrated provider of IP/Ethernet DWDM transport solutions that greatly simplify optical networking, today announces that IQ Networks, a leading facility-based fiber Internet Service Provider in Iraq, has selected Menara Networks transponder-less DWDM solution to build a state-of-the-art national 10 Gbps IP over DWDM network in Iraq.

IQ Networks will use Menara Networks award winning and patented "System-in-a-Module" Tunable OTN XFP transceivers for complete DWDM transponder replacement thus saving cost, space, and power consumption. Menara's small form factor MSA compliant pluggable modules offer complete high performance optical networking functions including integrated ITU-T G.709 OTU-2 framing, OTN alarms and performance monitoring processing, Forward Error Correction for OSNR gain, automatic receiver threshold adaptation and SBS suppression for up to 2,000 km transmission.

"IQ Networks is building a state of the art, purpose-built IP/MPLS network in Iraq and the region. We were looking for an architecture that not only simplifies our operations but also one that places our IP/MPLS nodes at the center of the network rather than a client to the transmission layer," observes Martin, IQ Networks CEO. "We have diligently evaluated all the DWDM options available in the market place today and concluded that Menara's innovative OTN "System-in-a-Module" provide all the necessary performance and management capabilities without burdening our network with the high cost, foot-print and power consumption that plague the transponder based architecture."

"We are happy to work with IQ Networks to bring high performance broadband services to the Iraqi people," comments Siraj ElAhmadi, CEO and Co-Founder of Menara Networks. "Menara continues to help service providers everywhere to take significant cost out of their DWDM network and bridge the gap between the exploding network capital expenditures and the eroding revenue margins."

About Menara Networks

Menara Networks develops innovative products and solutions that greatly simplify today's layered optical transport networks. Leveraging the company's proprietary high speed ICs and its extensive expertise in optical networking and system design, Menara portfolio of OTN XFP, SFP+ and CFP modules provide optical networks with superior performance and improved service velocity while drastically reducing floor space, power consumption and overall network cost. The company's unique solutions continue to save carriers millions of CapEx dollars and eliminate the need for foot-print, heat, and power associated with DWDM transponders in central offices and data centers around the world. For more information, visit

About IQ Networks

IQ networks provide local, national and international communication services to operators, service providers and enterprise customers. Our mission is to provide state of art services - empowering individuals, businesses and societies. By working close to our customers and vendors we make big ideas happens at the speed of light.