The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2013-10-22T23:11:00Z Comcast Conducts Industry’s First Live 1Terabit Network Trial with Ciena’s 6500 Converged Packet Optical Solution 2013-10-22T23:11:00Z comcast-conducts-industry-s-first-live-1terabit-network-trial-with-ciena-s-6500-converged-packet-optical-solution HANOVER, Md. and PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — 10/22/2013 - Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) and Ciena® Corporation (Nasdaq: CIEN), the network specialist, successfully completed a live field trial of a 1Terabit/sec (Tb/s) optical transmission spanning nearly 1,000 km. By demonstrating the ability to increase the traffic carrying capacity by 2.5 times, this trial showed how Comcast’s existing fiber network can scale to keep pace with the bandwidth demands of cloud computing, video, and multimedia applications, as well as data center connectivity. The companies made the announcement today at the SCTE Tec-Expo taking place at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. The 1Tb/s trial took place during the first week of October over Comcast’s existing long-haul fiber infrastructure connecting Ashburn, Va. to Charlotte, N.C. This is believed to be the first trial in which live data traffic was carried over a 1Tb/s 16QAM super-channel on an existing, commercial network. At the same time, that network was also carrying customer traffic over 10G, 40G and 100G wavelengths, all coexisting on a mix of flexible and 50GHz-spacedfixed grid channels. The 1Tb/s trial used Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform solution that combined flexible grid Reconfigurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexers (ROADM) with 16QAM coherent modulation to achieve 5b/s/Hz of spectral efficiency over a distance of nearly 1,000 km of uncompensated ELEAF fiber. Ciena’s next generation Raman and programmable gain amplifiers, the newest addition to the WaveLogic intelligent coherent portfolio, provided optimized performance and system reach. The trial ran in parallel over the same optical infrastructure that supports a combination of HD video, Internet and voice traffic on Comcast’s existing 100G national backbone. “We continue to work with Ciena to leverage our already installed Ciena 6500 platforms to deliver more content, faster Internet speeds and enable new cloud-based applications for our customers,” said Steve Surdam executive director, Network Engineering at Comcast Cable. “As we look to continuously evolve our network infrastructure, Ciena’s high-capacity Terabit optical technology will give us the flexibility and scalability required to future proof our network to deliver next-generation products and services for our customers.” The success of this trial was made possible via the joint collaboration of Ciena and Comcast throughout the entire process – from strategy and engineering to configuration and execution. “Innovative service providers like Comcast know that they can rely on Ciena’s field-proven, industry-leading converged packet optical technology to keep pace with today’s surging bandwidth requirements. Our technology goes beyond scaling bandwidth to make the network more intelligent and responsive to service and application needs, which is the basis of Ciena’s OPn architecture approach and increasingly critical in today’s highly competitive environment,” said Francois Locoh-Donou, senior vice president, Global Products Group at Ciena. “This trial is a significant accomplishment because it took place across a production network and demonstrated our ability to extend the scalability benefits of new coherent modulation techniques beyond metro and regional distances.” At the SCTE event, Ciena (booth #1326) will showcase advanced packet optical solutions, including the 6500 shelf equipped with the Terabit super-channel technology used in the trial with Comcast. Comcast has been leveraging Ciena’s coherent 40G and 100G technologies across its national fiber network since 2009. Ciena’s packet networking solutions also support Comcast’s Metro Ethernet services offering. About Comcast CableComcast Cable is the nation's largest video, high-speed Internet and phone provider to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses. Comcast has invested in technology to build an advanced network that delivers among the fastest broadband speeds, and brings customers personalized video, communications and home management offerings. Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is a global media and technology company. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information. About Ciena Ciena is the network specialist. We collaborate with customers worldwide to unlock the strategic potential of their networks and fundamentally change the way they perform and compete. Ciena leverages its deep expertise in packet and optical networking and distributed software automation to deliver solutions in alignment with OPn, its approach for building open next-generation networks. We enable a high-scale, programmable infrastructure that can be controlled and adapted by network-level applications, and provide open interfaces to coordinate computing, storage and network resources in a unified, virtualized environment. For updates on Ciena news, follow us on Twitter @Ciena or on LinkedIn http://www.linkedin.com/company/ciena. Investors are encouraged to review the Investors section of our website at www.ciena.com/investors, where we routinely post press releases, SEC filings, recent news, financial results, and other announcements. From time to time we exclusively post material information to this website along with other disclosure channels that we use. Note to Ciena Investors Forward-looking statements. This press release contains certain forward-looking statements based on current expectations, forecasts and assumptions that involve risks and uncertainties. These statements are based on information available to the Company as of the date hereof; and Ciena's actual results could differ materially from those stated or implied, due to risks and uncertainties associated with its business, which include the risk factors disclosed in its Report on Form 10-Q, which Ciena filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on September 11, 2013. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding Ciena's expectations, beliefs, intentions or strategies regarding the future and can be identified by forward-looking words such as "anticipate," "believe," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "should," "will," and "would" or similar words. Ciena assumes no obligation to update the information included in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Ciena Teams with R&E Networking Leaders to Build International Software-Defined WAN to Accelerate SDN Ecosystem 2013-08-07T22:36:00Z ciena-teams-with-r-amp-e-networking-leaders-to-build-international-software-defined-wan-to-accelerate-sdn-ecosystem HANOVER, Md. – August 7, 2013 – Ciena® Corporation (NASDAQ: CIEN), the network specialist, today announced that it is collaborating with CANARIE, Internet2 and StarLight to build the industry’s first network that unites all of the key packet, optical and software building blocks required to demonstrate and prove the benefits of software-defined, multi-layer wide area networks (WANs). The collaboration leverages Ciena’s OPn network approach to create the industry’s first fully operational end-to-end WAN that leverages OpenFlow across both the packet and transport layers, is supported by an open architecture carrier-scale controller and intrinsic multi-layer operation, and incorporates real-time analytics software applications. The research network is designed to help spur innovation in the telecommunications industry by giving research and education (R&E) institutions and other network operators a platform to experiment with Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and other advanced technologies like agile photonics and real-time analytics software applications. Ciena believes that SDN is key to the next wave of value creation for service providers as it brings network programmability together with powerful new software intelligence capabilities to help monetize and optimize network assets in dynamic service environments. This new network platform will help speed SDN development for carriers and enable Ciena and its partners to explore and refine practical paths to SDN adoption and realization of its benefits. Key Facts: · Purpose: Accelerate the formation of an SDN ecosystem for the WAN, and enable industry and private SDN technology research, development, and demonstrations. · Unique technology: The network is the first to broadly deploy multi-layer SDN technologies, providing OpenFlow-enabled SDN at both the optical transport layer as well as the packet networking layer. It also offers a modular carrier-scale software control system that leverages open source components, and features high-impact, real-time analytics software that improves optimization and monetization in dynamic service environments. With this platform, researchers can trial new technologies on a fully operational network without having to build a unique infrastructure for every use case. · Participants: The network includes hardware, software and bandwidth provided by Ciena and commercial and R&E community partners CANARIE, Internet2 and StarLight. · Topology: A multi-path infrastructure, featuring significant topology richness,initially connectsCiena’s corporate headquarters in Hanover, Maryland, USA with Ciena’s largest R&D center in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. International connectivity is achieved with Internet2 through the StarLight International/National Communications Exchange in Chicago and CANARIE, Canada's national optical fiber based advanced R&E network. This research network has the potential to cross connect data flows from Ciena R&D labs to virtually any National Research Network (NREN) or university research facility across the globe. This is the first time a network vendor, like Ciena, has been connected to an international span of NRENs. · Size: The network architecture currently spans 2500 km. The network footprint is expected to grow in 2014. · Ciena solutionsincluded in the testbed: o OpenFlow v1.3-enabled 4Tb/s core switches, featuring 400G packet blades; o Transport – Layer 0 and Layer 1 OTN – network elements from Ciena’s industry-leading 6500 and 5400 converged packet-optical product families, configurable under extended OpenFlow protocol control; o A prototype open, modular and modifiable control software system that leverages open source components and is suitable for large-scale and geographically-distributed network control; o Multi-layer provisioning and control, driven by an abstracted northbound API; o Real-time analytics software designed to enable multi-layer resource optimization and dynamic network service pricing for revenue optimization. Executive Comments: · “Going above and beyond a simple testbed, this live, fully functional network will drive continued innovation and demonstrate how a truly OPn network architecture can unleash the full power of SDN in the WAN. By building the industry’s first fully-featured, fully-open and fully-operational, end-to-end and multi-layer SDN-powered WAN, we can offer a real-world experience for customers and researchers to trial, refine and prove SDN concepts and technologies in both the network and the back office – without having to build a unique infrastructure for every use case.” ­ Steve Alexander, senior vice president and chief technology officer at Ciena · “SDN promises to change networking fundamentally for the better – lowering costs while expanding flexibility, programmability, and monetizability for service providers. However, it also represents a significant transformation in how networks are built and operated. Plotting the forward course from the status quo is not a simple matter, especially for service providers who operate large networks and operate many revenue-bearing services managed by complex back office environments. By working with R&E partners to create a real and largely fully-featured operating model of a “future” software-defined WAN, Ciena is providing a place and opportunity for relevant industry experiential learning. Such activities are critical to bringing SDN reality closer.” ­ Guru Parulkar, executive director at Open Networking Laboratory(ON.lab) · “Network operators today are enthusiastic about the cost savings and revenue potential of SDN. But many pieces and parts must fall into place for them to prove the reality of those benefits and put them into practice. Ciena and its partners are stepping up to deliver a workable critical mass of those components, and to prove, study, and evaluate the full potential of SDN in the service provider WAN environment. This is critical to the advancement of the industry as a whole, as the provider WAN environment is a much more complex one than most of the other environments targeted by SDN efforts and focus so far – like the data center.” ­ Michael Howard, co-founder and principal analyst, carrier networks at Infonetics Research Supporting Resources: Overview: Ciena and SDN SDN/NFV Webinar: Register to join Ciena’s Mitch Auster on August 8th at 11 a.m. EDT White Paper: The Power of Software in Ciena’s OPn Network Architecture White Paper: Openness from the Top Down: Unleashing the Full Power of SDN for Service Providers ### About Ciena Ciena is the network specialist. We collaborate with customers worldwide to unlock the strategic potential of their networks and fundamentally change the way they perform and compete. Ciena leverages its deep expertise in packet and optical networking and distributed software automation to deliver solutions in alignment with OPn, its approach for building open next-generation networks. We enable a high-scale, programmable infrastructure that can be controlled and adapted by network-level applications, and provide open interfaces to coordinate computing, storage and network resources in a unified, virtualized environment. For updates on Ciena news, follow us on Twitter @Ciena or on LinkedIn http://www.linkedin.com/company/ciena. Investors are encouraged to review the Investors section of our website at www.ciena.com/investors, where we routinely post press releases, SEC filings, recent news, financial results, and other announcements. From time to time we exclusively post material information to this website along with other disclosure channels that we use. Note to Ciena Investors Forward-looking statements. This press release contains certain forward-looking statements based on current expectations, forecasts and assumptions that involve risks and uncertainties. These statements are based on information available to the Company as of the date hereof; and Ciena's actual results could differ materially from those stated or implied, due to risks and uncertainties associated with its business, which include the risk factors disclosed in its Report on Form 10-Q, which Ciena filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 12, 2013. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding Ciena's expectations, beliefs, intentions or strategies regarding the future and can be identified by forward-looking words such as "anticipate," "believe," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "should," "will," and "would" or similar words. Ciena assumes no obligation to update the information included in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Ciena Boosts its Australia and New Zealand Team with Appointment of New Managing Director 2012-10-31T22:15:00Z ciena-boosts-its-australia-and-new-zealand-team-with-appointment-of-new-managing-director Sydney, Australia and Linthicum, Maryland, USA – November 1, 2012 –Ciena® Corporation, the network specialist, has appointed Wayne Moulton to the role of Managing Director, Ciena Australia and New Zealand. An industry veteran of more than 20 years, Mr. Moulton will be responsible for driving the strategic direction of the company in local markets, as well as developing new business and building on existing relationships with customers such as AAPT, Australia-Japan Cable, Southern Cross Cable, Telstra Clear, VERN and Vodafone NZ. “Wayne will help to strengthen our focus on the Australian and New Zealand markets,” says Anthony McLachlan, Vice President for Ciena Asia-Pacific. “Wayne joined us earlier in the year in a pan-APAC role working on numerous projects, and I am pleased to have Wayne on the team and now leading the ANZ business. His leadership and customer focus will be well-appreciated as we build on the strong momentum we’ve established over a highly successful year locally.” Mr. Moulton joined Ciena in April this year from Alcatel-Lucent, where he was Vice President for Global Customers, Marketing and Strategy Communications. He spent three years at Alcatel-Lucent in several senior management roles defining and meeting business requirements for carriers across Europe, USA, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, India, Hong Kong, and Japan. Prior to that, Mr. Moulton was employed by Nortel for 17 years, where he focused on the Australian market and key initiatives in Asia. His roles included commercial management, product management and international sales across multiple regions. Mr. Moulton holds a Bachelor Degree with Distinction in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and has been awarded the Institute of Engineers, Australia Medal. “Australia and New Zealand are on the verge of leading the world when it comes to broadband speed with the National Broadband Network and Ultra-Fast Broadband networks just around the corner,” says Mr. Moulton. “Combine this with the uptake in 4G mobile technologies by local operators, the continued investment in submarine cables, and Ciena’s ongoing development of network architectures and technologies such as OPn and WaveLogic 3, the market will take advantage of this new advanced technological environment which increases network performance, capacity, lowers costs and enhance the customer experience.”Press Contact:Cameron WellsWatterson Marketing Communications (+61) 2 9929 7533 cameron.wells@watterson.com.au About Ciena Ciena is the network specialist. We collaborate with customers worldwide to unlock the strategic potential of their networks and fundamentally change the way they perform and compete. Ciena leverages its deep expertise in packet and optical networking and distributed software automation to deliver solutions in alignment with OPn, its approach for building open next-generation networks. We enable a high-scale, programmable infrastructure that can be controlled and adapted by network-level applications, and provide open interfaces to coordinate computing, storage and network resources in a unified, virtualized environment. We routinely post recent news, financial results and other important announcements and information about Ciena on our website. For more information, visit www.ciena.com. Note to Ciena Investors Forward-looking statements. This press release contains certain forward-looking statements based on current expectations, forecasts and assumptions that involve risks and uncertainties. These statements are based on information available to the Company as of the date hereof; and Ciena's actual results could differ materially from those stated or implied, due to risks and uncertainties associated with its business, which include the risk factors disclosed in its Report on Form 10-Q, which Ciena filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on September 5, 2012. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding Ciena's expectations, beliefs, intentions or strategies regarding the future and can be identified by forward-looking words such as "anticipate," "believe," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "should," "will," and "would" or similar words. Ciena assumes no obligation to update the information included in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Spirit Selects Ciena for Network Upgrade 2012-08-09T00:59:00Z spirit-selects-ciena-for-network-upgrade Ciena Corporation (NASDAQ: CIEN), the network specialist, today announced that Spirit Communications, a leader in North and South Carolina business telecommunication services, will use Ciena technology, including the 5430 Packet-Optical Reconfigurable Switching System (RSS) and OneConnect Intelligent Control Plane software, to modernize and further enhance its transport network. Spirit Communications, the first in the Carolinas to deploy the 5430 RSS, will use Ciena’s technology to differentiate its service offerings and increase the programmability, flexibility and resiliency of its network to better serve its customers’ increasing demand for bandwidth capacity. Key Facts: Spirit is a Competitive Local Exchange Carrier (CLEC) and Carrier Services provider in North and South Carolina that operates its own network to provide innovative communication solutions to commercial businesses, state and federal government agencies, healthcare organizations and telecommunications providers throughout the Carolinas. Additionally, its partnerships with major telecommunications carriers allow Spirit to provide worldwide connectivity. Ciena’s 5430 RSS will link Spirit’s major point-of-presence (POP) locations across the Carolinas. The upgraded network will support an increase in switching capacity at each location to serve existing TDM traffic migrated from legacy systems, as well as advanced Optical Transport Network (OTN) and Carrier Ethernet protocols, for increasing demands today and in the future. Additionally, by combining Ciena’s 5430 switching system with OneConnect, both key elements of the Ciena’s OPn architecture for programmable networks, Spirit is able to differentiate its service offering with mesh restoration, improved network resiliency and service availability, beyond what would be possible with a competitive platform. Spirit will now have the opportunity to differentiate its optical and private line service offerings and increase revenue by providing: Fast turn-up of services; High-resiliency services based on mesh restoration, ensuring protection against multiple failures in a cost-effective manner;Low-latency services that guarantee latency measures to the end-customers; and,Optical VPN services that interconnect multiple customer locations at high capacity. Combined with Ciena’s 4200 Advanced Services Platform and 6500 Packet-Optical Platform, which are both already deployed in the network, the 5430 will help Spirit carry additional traffic without the need to build an entirely new network. Spirit will also use Ciena’s advanced network management solution, which provides simple, cost-effective and integrated management capabilities. Executive Comments: “By deploying Ciena’s optical switching and control plane technology, we are able to establish a high-availability mesh network between the major POP locations within our footprint across the Carolinas. Additionally, the network enhancements will allow us to scale our network, both now and in the future, to support our customers’ increasing demand for Carrier Ethernet services, wireless backhaul and data center interconnectivity.”- Greg Guerra, EVP business development and product management at Spirit “Our OPn programmable network architecture is ideal for network operators like Spirit to improve their competitive advantage by providing enhanced service resiliency, improved service-turn up time, low-latency and guaranteed latency services, which will help them to better monetize their networks. With Ciena’s 5430 and OneConnect Intelligent Control Plane software, this network upgrade will allow Spirit to cost-effectively scale and enhance its transport network to efficiently create and deliver high-capacity, premium services.”- Chad Whalen, vice president and general manager, North America field organization at Ciena Technology Background: Ciena’s 5430 platform is optimized for cost-effective, scalable and intelligent bandwidth management, enabling efficient aggregation, grooming, and tiered protection of SONET/SDH and OTN traffic types. The platform is powered by Ciena’s market-leading OneConnect Intelligent Control Plane software, which allows operators to automate labor-intensive operations including planning, provisioning, and inventory management, while dramatically increasing network resiliency and availability. Ciena’s leadership in control plane software stems from a 12-year history of innovation and live field deployments in some of the world’s largest, most mission-critical and most performance-demanding networks, representing thousands of nodes and hundreds of thousands of circuits. More than 90 percent of field-deployed Ciena Packet-Optical Switching systems run Ciena’s control plane for automated service creation, mesh restoration and service differentiation with some customers reporting unprecedented 99.9999 percent (six-9s) reliability due to the performance and robustness of Ciena’s control plane software. Ciena’s 4200 Family optimizes WDM transport with integrated switching and services management while addressing performance and cost requirements for telecom infrastructure and enterprise services. Supporting Resources: Product Overview: 5430 Reconfigurable Service Switch Product Overview: OneConnect Intelligent Control Plane Product Overview: ON-Center Network and Service Management Suite Whitepaper:Intelligent Optical Control Plane Architecture About Spirit CommunicationsSpirit Communications is the premier provider of telecommunication services in North and South Carolina. It operates its own cutting-edge MPLS network and provides innovative voice, data and Internet solutions to a cross section of businesses, government agencies and healthcare organizations throughout the Southeast. It provides world-class carrier services to telecommunications providers throughout the southeast utilizing the most advanced technologies and network speeds available today. About CienaCiena is the network specialist. We collaborate with customers worldwide to unlock the strategic potential of their networks and fundamentally change the way they perform and compete. With focused innovation, Ciena brings together the reliability and capacity of optical networking with the flexibility and economics of Ethernet, unified by services and software that delivers the industry’s leading network automation. We routinely post recent news, financial results and other important announcements and information about Ciena on our website. For more information, visit www.ciena.com. Note to Ciena InvestorsForward-looking statements. This press release contains certain forward-looking statements based on current expectations, forecasts and assumptions that involve risks and uncertainties. These statements are based on information available to the Company as of the date hereof; and Ciena's actual results could differ materially from those stated or implied, due to risks and uncertainties associated with its business, which include the risk factors disclosed in its Report on Form 10-Q, which Ciena filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 6, 2012. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding Ciena's expectations, beliefs, intentions or strategies regarding the future and can be identified by forward-looking words such as "anticipate," "believe," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "should," "will," and "would" or similar words. Ciena assumes no obligation to update the information included in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. AAPT and Ciena launch Australian-first 100G inter-capital network 2012-04-02T22:56:00Z aapt-and-ciena-launch-australian-first-100g-inter-capital-network-1 Sydney, Australia and Linthicum, Maryland, USA – April 2, 2012 – AAPT, one of Australia’s largest telecommunications carriers, and Ciena Corporation (NASDAQ: CIEN), the network specialist, today announced the first commercially-available 100 Gigabits per second (100G) inter-capital network, operating between Melbourne and Sydney. The 100G service, which launched on April 1, is powered by Ciena’s market-leading 6500 Packet-Optical Platform equipped with WaveLogic™ coherent optical processors to enable delivery of 100G wavelength services. AAPT's internet, Ethernet and IP VPN customers can now connect at speeds up to 100G, satisfying the increasing demand for high-bandwidth capacity throughout Australia. AAPT CEO David Yuile said AAPT was the first telecommunications infrastructure company to market this service in Australia, providing such high capacity between inter-capital cities. "AAPT is responding to customers’ requirements for increased bandwidth mainly driven by cloud, storage and Internet usage. Three years ago, 1G was the usual customer requirement and now it is being replaced with 10G bandwidth orders. "The added attraction of this network upgrade is that it is on our shortest path, taking less than 5 milliseconds between Melbourne and Sydney. When you couple AAPT’s network capacity to this speed, it is a very attractive proposition for banks and financial institutions," he said. Ciena Vice President and General Manager, Asia Pacific, Anthony McLachlan said Ciena’s solution had allowed AAPT to enhance its network for additional capacity and at a lower cost. “This will give AAPT an opportunity to introduce new revenue-generating services, further differentiating it in a competitive market. “It is a key plank in AAPTs NBN aggregation strategy and will continue to support even faster, more resilient products and services to the enterprise market," he said. Ciena and AAPT have a long-standing relationship. In 2011, AAPT upgraded its network with Ciena’s next-generation Carrier Ethernet Service 5410 and 5150 Service Aggregation Switches. About AAPT AAPT is one of Australia's leading telecommunications companies, offering local and long distance voice, mobile, data and Internet services for business, government and wholesale customers, via its extensive national fibre network. AAPT is 100% owned by Telecom New Zealand, New Zealand's largest listed company and one of the top 20 largest listed companies on the Australian Stock Exchange. AAPT is one of only three Australian telecommunications providers to own and operate a national voice and data network. With one of Australia’s most extensive and highest-quality IP networks, AAPT’s dedicated focus is on creating a position for customers to experience a telecommunications partnership unmatched by others. For more information, visit www.aapt.com.au. About Ciena Ciena is the network specialist. We collaborate with customers worldwide to unlock the strategic potential of their networks and fundamentally change the way they perform and compete. With focused innovation, Ciena brings together the reliability and capacity of optical networking with the flexibility and economics of Ethernet, unified by a software suite that delivers the industry’s leading network automation. We routinely post recent news, financial results and other important announcements and information about Ciena on our website. For more information, visit www.ciena.com. Note to Ciena Investors Forward-looking statements. This press release contains certain forward-looking statements based on current expectations, forecasts and assumptions that involve risks and uncertainties. These statements are based on information available to the Company as of the date hereof; and Ciena's actual results could differ materially from those stated or implied, due to risks and uncertainties associated with its business, which include the risk factors disclosed in its Report on Form 10-Q, which Ciena filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 8, 2012. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding Ciena's expectations, beliefs, intentions or strategies regarding the future and can be identified by forward-looking words such as "anticipate," "believe," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "should," "will," and "would" or similar words. Ciena assumes no obligation to update the information included in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Australia Japan Cable Upgrades Submarine Link with Ciena 40G Coherent WaveLogic Technology 2012-03-14T01:37:00Z australia-japan-cable-upgrades-submarine-link-with-ciena-40g-coherent-wavelogic-technology LINTHICUM, Md. – March 14, 2012 – Ciena Corporation (NASDAQ: CIEN), the network specialist, today announced it was selected by Australia Japan Cable (AJC) to expand its subsea cable route spanning approximately 12,700 kilometers between Sydney, Guam and Japan. Ciena’s market-leading coherent 40 Gigabits per second (40G) optical networking solutions will equip AJC to address exponential growth in demand being fueled by high-bandwidth services and applications in the Asia-Pacific region. The upgraded network will also play an important role supporting Australia’s international connectivity benefiting businesses and consumers across Australia. Key Facts: AJC is a submarine cable directly connecting Australia and Japan, via Guam. To enable onward connectivity, the AJC network provides access to high-capacity, high-volume, and low unit cost trans-Pacific and intra-Asia cables via Guam and Japan. AJC will deploy Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform with 40G technology that will allow AJC to cost-effectively and expeditiously address surging bandwidth demands on routes supported by AJC. Leveraging Ciena’s industry-leading WaveLogic™ coherent optical processors, the upgraded submarine cable network will add a total of 560 Gigabits per second (Gbps) of capacity. The deployment will also give AJC the ability to scale to 100G wavelengths as bandwidth demands evolve. The 6500 platform’s OTN capabilities also allow AJC to accommodate new OTN-based wholesale services into the market. AJC is also deploying Ciena’s OneControl Unified Management System which will provide a comprehensive solution to manage mission operations for rapid service turn-up, unsurpassed visibility through protocol layers for troubleshooting, and efficient use of assets and bandwidth. Executive Quotes: “We selected Ciena after a stringent selection and trial process because of their demonstrable track record in deploying 40G Coherent solution for segments over 7,000 kilometers in reach. The ability to expeditiously augment AJC’s existing capacity plus support OTN services from day one also played a key role noting the continually increasing data volumes carried by AJC.” - David Crofts, CEO, AJC “Submarine networks carry the majority of all international traffic between continents, so they play a key role in addressing the global demand for bandwidth. Further, while Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN) will certainly offer high bandwidth within Australia’s borders, the majority of traffic will come from overseas and it is for this reason that submarine networks are crucial to a country aiming to maximize the potential of the NBN. Ciena’s 40G/100G technology enables submarine operators to increase existing undersea cable capacities without having to install new undersea cables, which are costly, risky, and time-consuming to deploy.” - Anthony McLachlan, Vice President and General Manager, Asia Pacific, Ciena Technology Leadership and Product Background: Ciena's WaveLogic coherent receiver technology enables unobtrusive 40G/100G upgrades to existing submarine networks with only the addition of new terminal equipment, significantly extending the life of existing cable plants and further lengthening its lifespan. Ciena is the pioneer and market leader of coherent optical technology with more than 10,000 coherent 40G/100G line interfaces shipped to more than 100 customer deployments over land and undersea across the globe, including deployments in eight countries across the Asia Pacific region. Ciena is also the pioneer in intelligent switching, with more than 2,000 control plane-enabled nodes deployed worldwide with several mesh networks that circle the globe. Supporting Resources and Multimedia: Submarine Application Note: Submarine Solutions for an Increasingly Competitive Market Coherent Application Note: Coherent Optical Processing for High-Capacity Networks Data Sheet: 6500 Packet-Optical Platform Video: What is Coherent Optical Networking? Video: Ciena Intelligent Infrastructure Solutions # # # About Ciena Ciena is the network specialist. We collaborate with customers worldwide to unlock the strategic potential of their networks and fundamentally change the way they perform and compete. With focused innovation, Ciena brings together the reliability and capacity of optical networking with the flexibility and economics of Ethernet, unified by a software suite that delivers the industry’s leading network automation. We routinely post recent news, financial results and other important announcements and information about Ciena on our website. For more information, visit www.ciena.com. Note to Ciena Investors Forward-looking statements. This press release contains certain forward-looking statements based on current expectations, forecasts and assumptions that involve risks and uncertainties. These statements are based on information available to the Company as of the date hereof; and Ciena's actual results could differ materially from those stated or implied, due to risks and uncertainties associated with its business, which include the risk factors disclosed in its Report on Form 10-Q, which Ciena filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 8, 2012. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding Ciena's expectations, beliefs, intentions or strategies regarding the future and can be identified by forward-looking words such as "anticipate," "believe," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "should," "will," and "would" or similar words. Ciena assumes no obligation to update the information included in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. About Australia Japan Cable Australia-Japan Cable is a 12,700km optical fibre ring submarine cable telecommunications network, directly connecting Australia and Japan, via Guam. AJC is equipped with Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) technology initially equipped with 10Gbit/s wavelengths with an original design capacity of up to 32 waves per fibre pair on each of two fibre pairs. A collapsed ring configuration is used, where the fibre pairs share a common sheath on a historically safe route between branching units in 4000m plus water depths and the fibre pairs separate for diverse landings into each of Australia, Guam and Japan. The use of two separate cable stations in each of Australia, Guam and Japan provides security against shallow water risks and increases telecommunication routing options. For more information, visit www.ajcable.com Untitled ReleaseCiena Widens Leadership in High Speed Optics with Innovative WaveLogic 3 Technology 2012-03-05T05:22:00Z untitled-releaseciena-widens-leadership-in-high-speed-optics-with-innovative-wavelogic-3-technology LINTHICUM, Md. – March 1, 2012 – Ciena Corporation (NASDAQ: CIEN), the network specialist, today announced WaveLogic™ 3, the industry’s first software-programmable coherent technology that scales to 400 Gb/s. This new generation of the company’s family of silicon chips will enable service providers to accelerate the move to dynamic, software-defined Terabit networking while improving network economics. Beyond scaling bandwidth and lowering costs, WaveLogic-powered networks can be programmed to quickly respond and adapt to changing requirements for capacity, reach and latency. The new technology that underpins Ciena’s WaveLogic 3 changes the game in optical networking by making the optical layer more intelligent and responsive to application needs—an increasingly critical requirement in today’s dynamic and cloud-centric networks. Key Facts: WaveLogic 3 adds unprecedented intelligence to networks with software-programmable technology that enables network operators to constantly monitor optical transmission performance, and rapidly respond to network demands. WaveLogic 3 will help optimize existing optical networks for a wide range of applications—including low latency—over metro, ultra-long haul or trans-Pacific submarine distances, at speeds that scale from 100 Gb/s to 400 Gb/s. Ciena’s new coherent optical processors help service providers extract more capacity out of existing fiber optic cables to facilitate transport of today’s increasingly bandwidth-hungry applications, improving network economics. WaveLogic 3 can carry multiple 100G payloads in metro and regional environments, doubling the capacity of current 100G networks. Using sophisticated transmitter processing, it can also deliver up to 30 percent capacity improvements in new flexible grid environments, providing customers with an efficient migration path to Terabit networking. Network operators can quickly turn up services as needs change, or even pre-deploy equipment powered by WaveLogic 3, to achieve optimized performance for different reach, capacity and latency requirements with minimal network disruption. This flexibility gives service providers a way to differentiate themselves to customers, and allows them to accelerate time to revenue while lowering the cost of transport. The capacity and reach of Ciena’s WaveLogic 3, which will be deployed in the second half of 2012, is such that a single chipset could carry live Skype video chats from every household in San Francisco all the way to Tokyo, simultaneously. Technology Enhancements: Specific WaveLogic 3 design improvements include: Industry-first transmit DSP—Ciena has integrated digital signal processing in the transmitter (Tx DSP) to deliver unprecedented service flexibility with sophisticated programmable modulation, including the industry’s first 16QAM,which is essential to delivering greater than 100 Gb/s speeds, and allows operators to adjust network settings to meet varying reach and capacity demands. Spectral shaping reduces network cost by improving system margin in metro environments, and pre-compensation allows service providers to run higher capacity services over older fiber links, maximizing network investment. Soft FEC—Ciena’s new intelligent soft-decision forward error correction (soft FEC) algorithm significantly extends maximum service reach and enables practical deployment of higher capacity (>100G) systems. The Soft FEC in WaveLogic 3 is software-programmable, allowing operators to adjust for latency and reach, depending on application needs. Next-generation DSP receiver—Ciena’s completely redesigned DSP receiver achieves 75 trillion operations per second—six times the processing power of WaveLogic 2. An advanced 32 nm CMOS process is used to provide the highest level of integration with lower power consumption Additional enhancements in PMD compensation ensure better performance in existing networks with non-optimal fiber conditions, allowing customers to extract more capacity out of their existing infrastructure rather than incurring the cost and complexity of laying new fiber. Industry Comments: “Ciena's WaveLogic 3 specifications raise the bar in the industry for performance and spectral efficiency. Allowing customers the ability to program the spectral efficiency of 100G coherent optics is a unique feature achieved through unique R&D and not easily duplicated. The ability to double the single carrier capacity of today’s 100G solutions with 16-QAM creates new opportunities for coherent networking in metro and regional applications.” - Andrew Schmitt, directing analyst for optical at Infonetics Research Verizon “As an industry leader in optical innovation, Verizon applauds the technology advancements in the WaveLogic 3 from Ciena, which will lay the foundation for accelerating 100G deployment with longer reach, higher spectral efficiencies and improved performance for global networks like Verizon’s.” - Glenn Wellbrock, director of optical transport, network architecture and design, Verizon BT “When BT announced 21CN, we committed to our customers that we will deliver the fastest, most reliable network that will flexibly adapt to new and yet unimagined application and service demands. Ciena’s network vision, commitment to partnership and coherent optical innovation is helping BT to deliver on this promise ahead of the market, whilst supporting BT’s ability to offer industry-leading services for many years to come. The next step in this evolution is the deployment of Ciena’s newest WDM transmission equipment in the UK. With WaveLogic3, BT can provide our customers with the ability to scale their network services from speeds of 100G to 400G as needed, with the lowest-latency and the highest quality available.” - Robert Feuerstein, principal architect for transmission and synchronisation, BT Southern Cross “For carriers, performance and reliability are everything, so building a trans-Pacific 100G transport network is one of the ways we’re staying ahead of the curve for our customers. With the surge of bandwidth-intensive video and enterprise cloud computing, the complexity of our 28,500 km submarine transport network continues to grow while international carriers demand higher SLAs at lower costs. Ciena’s Packet-Optical technology and WaveLogic 3 coherent optical processors allow us to meet these demands by quickly upgrading channel capacity on existing wet plant and adding new levels of network intelligence. Beyond capacity and speed, Ciena’s programmable coherent optical architecture will help us respond to network demands without manual intervention—increasing network resilience and lowering operating costs, while providing a platform for new high-capacity products with assured performance.” - Dean Veverka, director of networks and vice president of operations, Southern Cross Cable Network Ex AAPT Selects Ciena for Nationwide Business Ethernet Services Build 2011-11-30T22:25:00Z aapt-selects-ciena-for-nationwide-business-ethernet-services-build LINTHICUM, Md. – November 30, 2011 – Ciena Corporation (NASDAQ: CIEN), the network specialist, today announced it has been selected by AAPT, one of Australia’s three largest telecommunications carriers, to upgrade its nationwide network with next-generation Carrier Ethernet service delivery capabilities. The upgrade will position AAPT for greater success in anticipation of Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN). To meet growing demand from top businesses across Australia for high-quality Ethernet business services, AAPT’s new infrastructure will be scalable to terabit-level capacities, providing reliable Ethernet private line and wide area LAN services to retail service providers. This will allow providers to deliver high-bandwidth, low-latency applications such as streaming video, cloud networking, business-to-business commerce, wireless backhaul and wholesale connectivity. Key Facts: With construction of Australia’s NBN underway, AAPT’s upgraded network will address both pent-up demand for ultrafast broadband services and competitively position AAPT as a market leader in Ethernet business service delivery when the NBN becomes generally available. The network will be built on Ciena’s 5410 and 5150 Service Aggregation Switches, augmenting AAPT’s existing IP/MPLS core network. The new carrier Ethernet network will deliver transport-class Ethernet services that far exceed the quality-of-service associated with traditional Ethernet while improving the service flexibility and speed to market delivered via traditional TDM networks. With Ciena’s Carrier Ethernet Service Delivery (CESD) solutions, AAPT’s network will boast one of the market’s most scalable and flexible terabit-scale Layer 2 infrastructures. Capable of delivering services via connection-oriented Ethernet protocols, the network will be able to meet end-customers’ strict service level agreements. With bandwidth capacity to offer protected end-to-end 10 Gb/s Ethernet services, AAPT can address the high-bandwidth transport requirements across its data centers as well as Point-of-Interconnect backhaul traffic for Australia’s NBN, which will become increasingly important as the NBN gets rolled out and bandwidth from retail service providers increases. As part of the Ciena Specialist Services portfolio, AAPT will also utilize Ciena’s Consult and Design Services Suite to ensure the network is deployed and commissioned accurately and on time. Ciena’s team of specialists will provide AAPT with local technical resources to implement back-office integration of Ciena’s OneControl ESM to AAPT’s OSS and provide technical and project leadership to ensure that solutions are designed and delivered to meet AAPT’s key technical and business requirements. Executive Quotes:“AAPT is focused on meeting our customer demands and expectations for the highest-quality Ethernet services in the Australian market. With this network build, we’re able to meet those goals and even offer customers strict Service Level Agreements, while maintaining low network operations costs. With a network scalable to the terabit-level, we can virtually meet any future demand for high-performance applications that may be enabled in the era of NBN.” - David Yuile, CEO, AAPT “The Australian market is on the verge of explosive growth, in part due to the NBN, and we believe AAPT is now even better positioned to leverage this growth with this new network infrastructure. Next-generation Carrier Ethernet technology is a key asset to service providers as they push the limits of current networks and face the prospect of a level playing field with the rollout of the NBN. The race to modernization has truly begun.” - Anthony McLachlan, Vice President and General Manager, Asia Pacific, Ciena Technology Leadership and Product Background: Ciena's CESD portfolio combines intelligent devices and software to create low-touch, high-velocity Carrier Ethernet access and metro networks, creating a common, consistent way to deliver a full range of Ethernet services that significantly accelerates and automates service creation and activation. Ciena’s 5150 and 5410 platforms are optimized for cost-effective, scalable and resilient packet services that enable service providers to keep pace with the ever-growing demand for bandwidth capacity. Ciena’s CESD portfolio is powered by a common operating system, which maintains a common interface across platforms, allowing significant automation of service provisioning and turn-up tasks that dramatically reduce time-to-market and ongoing operating costs. Supporting Resources and Multimedia: Product Overview: Carrier Ethernet Service Delivery Portfolio Data Sheet: 5410 Service Aggregation Switch Data Sheet: 5150 Service Aggregation Switch Whitepaper: Packet Transport Evolution Whitepaper: Carrier Ethernet: Taking Bandwidth to the Edge # # #About AAPT AAPT is one of Australia's leading telecommunications companies, offering local and long distance voice, mobile, data and Internet services for business, government and wholesale customers, via its extensive national fiber network. AAPT is 100% owned by Telecom New Zealand, New Zealand's largest listed company and one of the top 20 largest listed companies on the Australian Stock Exchange. AAPT is one of only three Australian telecommunications providers to own and operate a national voice and data network. With one of Australia’s most extensive and highest-quality IP networks, AAPT’s dedicated focus is on creating a position for customers to experience a telecommunications partnership unmatched by others. For more information, visit www.aapt.com.au. About Ciena Ciena is the network specialist. We collaborate with customers worldwide to unlock the strategic potential of their networks and fundamentally change the way they perform and compete. With focused innovation, Ciena brings together the reliability and capacity of optical networking with the flexibility and economics of Ethernet, unified by a software suite that delivers the industry’s leading network automation. We routinely post recent news, financial results and other important announcements and information about Ciena on our website. For more information, visit www.ciena.com. Note to Ciena Investors Forward-looking statements. This press release contains certain forward-looking statements based on current expectations, forecasts and assumptions that involve risks and uncertainties. These statements are based on information available to the Company as of the date hereof; and Ciena's actual results could differ materially from those stated or implied, due to risks and uncertainties associated with its business, which include the risk factors disclosed in its Report on Form 10-K, which Ciena filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on September 8, 2011. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding Ciena's expectations, beliefs, intentions or strategies regarding the future and can be identified by forward-looking words such as "anticipate," "believe," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "should," "will," and "would" or similar words. Ciena assumes no obligation to update the information included in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Southern Cross Cable Future Proofs Network with Ciena Upgrade 2011-11-01T00:13:00Z southern-cross-cable-future-proofs-network-with-ciena-upgrade LINTHICUM, Md. – October 31, 2011 – Ciena Corporation (NASDAQ: CIEN), the network specialist, today announced it was selected by Southern Cross Cables, an independent Australasian bandwidth wholesaler that owns and maintains a trans-Pacific network, to expand its subsea cable network. To meet growing demand for high-bandwidth services and applications like video and cloud computing, which is now pushing its needs beyond 10 Gb/s wavelengths, Southern Cross Cables will increase capacity on all of its network segments between Australia, New Zealand and the United States, including one that spans more than 8,000 kilometers, with Ciena’s industry-leading 40/100G coherent optical solutions. Southern Cross Cable will also enhance its network’s survivability, efficiency, and intelligence with advanced bandwidth management and operations afforded by Ciena’s multi-protocol switching platform to future proof the network.Key Facts:• Building on its existing coherent 40G terrestrial deployments with Ciena’ s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform, Southern Cross will augment its existing network with additional 6500 platforms equipped with 40G and 100G submarine-grade coherent line interfaces, which are designed to significantly and cost-effectively increase submarine network capacity without disrupting existing customer traffic or adding cost and complexity to the network.• With Ciena’s WaveLogic coherent technology, the network expansion will involve a 400G capacity upgrade on each of the operator’s seven segments, taking lit capacity on each cable to 1 Tb/s and total capacity on the network to 2 Tb/s.• This in turn will allow Southern Cross to continue offering fast, direct, and secure international bandwidth from Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii to the continental United States. Theimplementation of the Ciena technology also provides the base platform on which Southern Cross’ new generation of products, such as 40GbE and OTN services, can be developed.• Southern Cross will also leverage Ciena’s 5430 and 5410 Reconfigurable Switching Systems, which offer 3.6 Terabits per second (Tb/s) and 1.2 Tb/s of OTN-based intelligent control plane-enabled switching capacity for bandwidth aggregation and management. In addition to automating operations and simplifying management, the 5400 platforms will allow Southern Cross to create a survivable mesh-enabled submarine network architecture, which will significantly minimize the risk of natural and manmade network disruptions, even under multi-failure conditions.• In addition, Southern Cross is deploying Ciena’s OneControl Unified Management System for end-to-end management across Layers 0 and 1 on both the 6500 and 5400 platforms. This will provide Southern Cross Cable with a comprehensive solution to manage their mission critical networks including multi-layer intelligence for rapid service turn-up, unsurpassed visibility through protocol layers for troubleshooting and efficient use of assets and bandwidth.• As part of the Ciena Specialist Services portfolio, Southern Cross will also utilize Ciena’s Implementation Services to ensure the network is deployed and commissioned accurately and on time. Ciena’s team of specialists will provide Southern Cross local technical resources to install, test and turn-up the network in the most efficient and cost-effective way possible.• Deploying WaveLogic for greater capacity over long-reach terrestrial and submarine routes, 5400 with multi-layer control plane intelligence to monetize that capacity, OneControl for common management and Specialist Services for dedicated support, Southern Cross is able to extract full value from its existing network assets while advancing its time-to-market advantage and position as the preferred Asia Pacific submarine cable network.Executive Quotes:• “Southern Cross continues to invest and build ahead of subscriber demand to advance innovation and broadband growth. This upgrade takes our network total capacity to 2 Tb/s, but with Ciena’s current technology our total capacity can quickly expand to at least 7.2 Tb/s, highlighting our ability to support demand from Australia’s NBN and New Zealand’s UFB initiatives. Ciena’s industry-leading technology and customer-first approach ensures we can provide even higher capacity wholesale offerings with more advanced capacity management solutions both cost-effectively and with simple upgrade paths as demand continues to rise.”- Ross Pfeffer, Director Sales & Marketing, Southern Cross• “This extension of our partnership with Southern Cross cable networks for coherent technology and intelligent switching will enable significant capacity and time-to-market advantage for this leading submarine network operator. In addition, this deployment illustrates our successful cross-portfolio product integration and our unmatched ability to provide a complete, turn-key solution that allows our customers to build more intelligent infrastructures with greater network efficiency, resiliency and service differentiation.”- Anthony McLachlan, Vice President and General Manager, Asia Pacific, CienaTechnology Leadership and Product Background:• Ciena's WaveLogic coherent receiver technology enables unobtrusive 40G/100G upgrades to existing submarine networks with only the addition of new terminal equipment, significantly extending the life of existing cable plants and further lengthening its lifespan.• Ciena’s 5430 and 5410 platforms are optimized for cost-effective, scalable and intelligent bandwidth management, enabling efficient aggregation, grooming, and tiered protection of SONET/SDH and OTN traffic types. Both platforms are powered by Ciena’s market-leading multi-layer optical Control Plane, which allows operators to automate labor-intensive operations including planning, provisioning, and inventory management, while dramatically increasing network resiliency and availability.• Ciena is the pioneer and market leader of coherent optical technology with more than 10,000 coherent 40G/100G line interfaces shipped to more than 80 customers across the globe, including deployments in eight countries across the Asia Pacific region.• Ciena is also the pioneer in intelligent switching, with more than 2,000 control plane-enabled nodes deployed worldwide with several mesh networks that circle the globe.Supporting Resources and Multimedia:• Submarine Application Note: Submarine Solutions for an Increasingly Competitive Market• Coherent Application Note: Coherent Optical Processing for High-Capacity Networks• Data Sheet: 6500 Packet-Optical Platform• Data Sheet: 5430 Reconfigurable Service Switch• Data Sheet: 5410 Reconfigurable Service Switch• White paper: Survivable Submarine Optical Networks• Video: Ciena’s 100G Technology Increases the Capacity of Major Submarine Networks• Video: What is Coherent Optical Networking?• Video: Ciena Intelligent Infrastructure Solutions# # #About CienaCiena is the network specialist. We collaborate with customers worldwide to unlock the strategic potential of their networks and fundamentally change the way they perform and compete. With focused innovation, Ciena brings together the reliability and capacity of optical networking with the flexibility and economics of Ethernet, unified by a software suite that delivers the industry’s leading network automation. We routinely post recent news, financial results and other important announcements and information about Ciena on our website. For more information, visit www.ciena.com.About Southern CrossSouthern Cross Cable Network provides the fast, direct, and secure international bandwidth from Austral VERNet Upgrading Fibre Optic Research and Education Network With Ciena 2011-06-15T05:54:00Z vernet-upgrading-fibre-optic-research-and-education-network-with-ciena Melbourne, June 15, 2011 – VERNet, the owner and operator of the high-speed Victorian Education and Research Network (VERN), has selected technology from Ciena for a multi-million dollar network upgrade across Victoria. The project, currently in its deployment phase, will upgrade the VERN with 40G optical transmission capacity, scalable to 100G and beyond, without requiring a forklift upgrade of its existing transmission equipment. Key Facts The VERN spans 1872 km across Victoria, covering metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria including Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo, Shepparton, Wodonga, Churchill, and Lakes Entrance. It is a DWDM-based optical network that works by combining and transmitting multiple signals simultaneously on separate wavelengths over the same fibre pair. VERNet’s network upgrade will leverage the benefits of coherent optics to upgrade its existing 10G wavelengths to 40G. The additional bandwidth enables VERNet to improve the speed of delivery and expand upon the services it already provides to its members. As bandwidth demands continue to increase, Ciena’s high-capacity coherent optical technology allows VERNet to simply upgrade service capacity to 100G across the same infrastructure by merely changing interface cards at the source and endpoints of the network. The network will also form the backbone for the Victorian Research Network (VRN), which VERNet is building as part of the Commonwealth Government’s Super Science (Future Industries) Initiative. The VRN will provide researchers in Melbourne and Geelong with a high-capacity, any-to-any network that will act as a strong enabler for research in Victoria. In April 2010, VERNet completed a successful trial of Ciena’s coherent 40G and 100G technology on the ActivFlex 6500 with WaveLogic™ coherent optical processors and ActivSpan Common Photonic Layer platforms. Those same platforms from Ciena’s Packet-Optical Transport portfolio will be deployed in this network upgrade.Executive Comments “This network expansion is part of our long-term strategic investment plan that has already delivered measureable returns for VERNet over the past five years,” said Roger Tanton, Chief Executive Officer of VERNet. “VERNet absolutely must have scalable capacity to support the level of data transmission, rapid computation and collaboration required by the local research community,” says Tanton. “Collection, collation, analysis and dissemination of large quantities of data will enable researchers to conduct research as part of the global research community. It is incumbent on us to provide our users with the services they need to keep Australia at the forefront of this community.” “We decided early on to deploy pioneering optical technology as the foundation of our network infrastructure, which laid the groundwork for an architecture that can be easily upgraded with additional capacity, without requiring expensive and time-consuming forklift upgrades.” he added. “Ciena is actively advancing this coherent optical technology to further improve network economics and enable more flexible architectures, which gives us great confidence in what the future holds for our network and what it enables us to deliver to our customers.” “Australia’s world-class research and education sector is one of the biggest catalysts driving the expansion of high-speed optical networks in the region, and connects Australia to some of the world’s foremost research networks such as Internet2 and SURFnet,” said Dave McDermott, Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand, Ciena. “Achieving speed parity with these global networks and delivering a more robust, resilient network for the local research community are two key goals of this project. Ciena’s global experience with large-scale deployments for Internet2, SURFnet, CANARIE and other research networks – combined with our local resources and expertise – gives our local customers the tools they need to manage and deploy strategically important networks such as the VERN.” Supporting Resources Video: Next-Generation Optical Transport Data Sheet: ActivFlex 6500 Packet-Optical Platform Data Sheet:ActivSpan Common Photonic Layer Application Note:Coherent Optical Processing for High-Capacity Networks Podcast:Roger Tanton discusses the main business drivers for the network upgrade Podcast:Roger Tanton discusses the benefits that Ciena’s technology provides Podcast:Roger Tanton discusses the ease of upgrading the network to 100G in the future About Ciena Ciena specializes in practical network transition. We offer leading network infrastructure solutions, intelligent software and a comprehensive services practice to help our customers use their networks to fundamentally change the way they compete. With a global presence, Ciena leverages its heritage of practical innovation to deliver maximum performance and economic value in communications networks worldwide. We routinely post recent news, financial results and other important announcements and information about Ciena on our website. For more information, visit www.ciena.com. Note to Ciena Investors Forward-looking statements. This press release contains certain forward-looking statements based on current expectations, forecasts and assumptions that involve risks and uncertainties. These statements are based on information available to the Company as of the date hereof; and Ciena's actual results could differ materially from those stated or implied, due to risks and uncertainties associated with its business, which include the risk factors disclosed in its Report on Form 10-Q, which Ciena filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 10, 2010. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding Ciena's expectations, beliefs, intentions or strategies regarding the future and can be identified by forward-looking words such as "anticipate," "believe," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "should," "will," and "would" or similar words. Ciena assumes no obligation to update the information included in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise Ciena Honored with Broadband InfoVision Award 2010-10-28T23:30:00Z ciena-honored-with-broadband-infovision-award Ciena Corporation (NASDAQ: CIEN), the network specialist, today announced that its 100G coherent optical solution was awarded top honors at the Broadband InfoVision Awards. During a special gala dinner at the Broadband World Forum in Paris, Ciena’s market-leading technology led the awards category of Core & Metro Network Innovation and Advances. Ciena's 100G coherent optical solution, singled out from five nominees in its category, enables operators to increase the bandwidth of existing 10G and 40G fiber infrastructure by 10 and 2.5 times, respectively, through simple plug-and-play technology components without the need to re-engineer the network or deploy new equipment. "With more and more people consuming services delivered via IP, the networks that power them are increasingly pushed to the limits," said Tom Mock, senior vice president of corporate marketing and communications at Ciena. "Ciena's 100G solution effectively enables the capacity of these networks to increase tremendously, helping to clear the network 'highways' of congestion even before the jams start. We are delighted to receive this prestigious recognition, which is a testament to the innovation and vision of our research and development teams.” Gavin Whitechurch, director at Broadband World Forum, commented: “The Broadband InfoVision Awards are a fantastic opportunity to celebrate excellence in the broadband industry. The standard of entries was very high with more than 145 entries and the judges had some tough choices to make to select this year’s winners. I’d like to congratulate Ciena on winning the Core & Metro Network Innovation and Advances Award.” To create the winning 100G coherent optical solution, Ciena's research and development teams built a world-leading set of technologies for high-speed, high-capacity networking. The advanced work leverages the world’s first optical coherent receiver, innovative use of wireless-inspired modulation schemes, the power of digital signal processing and advanced digital-to-analog and analog-to-digital converters, and high-performance forward error correction. Since the technology’s inception, Ciena has deployed the commercial solution in Verizon’s European network, where it has operated with solid performance for nearly a year, and completed more than 15 trials with network operators around the world. The Broadband InfoVision Awards are one of the industry's most renowned award programs with judges drawn from senior personnel at the world's leading operators, such as China Telecom, AT&T, Orange, PCCW, Etisalat, Telstra, Telus, Korea Telekom and Deutsche Telekom. # # # About Ciena Ciena is the network specialist. We collaborate with customers worldwide to unlock the strategic potential of their networks and fundamentally change the way they perform and compete. With focused innovation, Ciena brings together the reliability and capacity of optical networking with the flexibility and economics of Ethernet, unified by a software suite that delivers the industry’s leading network automation. We routinely post recent news, financial results and other important announcements and information about Ciena on our website. For more information, visit www.ciena.com. VTN Upgrades National Network with High-Capacity Transport Solutions from Ciena 2010-10-27T23:18:00Z vtn-upgrades-national-network-with-high-capacity-transport-solutions-from-ciena-1 Ciena Corporation (NASDAQ: CIEN), the network specialist, today announced Vietnam Telecoms National (VTN), a leading telecommunications operator in Vietnam, will deploy its market-leading coherent 40G optical networking solution to support growing capacity demands on its nationwide optical backbone. The network upgrade will enable the operator to seamlessly deliver an evolving portfolio of advanced service offerings and continue to grow its subscriber base across all market segments. VTN, an exclusive state-owned subsidiary of Vietnam Post and Telecommunication Group (VNPT), required a cost-effective and seamless upgrade to its existing core infrastructure, which currently relies on 10G links, in order to keep pace with the country’s dramatic rise in mobile and broadband traffic. VTN selected Ciena’s 40G solution because of its unique coherent and electronic dispersion compensation technology, which allows VTN to upgrade its existing 10G national backbone across country sites to 40G with the simple addition of transponder cards and no re-engineering of existing fiber routes or additional equipment required. The solution also provides investment protection as it can easily scale to 100G in the same manner as capacity demands increase. “As we look to implement a significant network upgrade, we needed a painless migration strategy from our existing 10G infrastructure to accommodate much higher demands on our network,” said Luong Manh Hoang, managing director of VTN. “Ciena’s solution met our immediate needs to achieve 40G capacity while offering a forward-looking evolution path to 100G with proven technology and field experience, allowing us to address the growing capacity requirements of our network today and preparing us to meet future needs.” “This win with VTN is a testament to the capabilities of our next-generation 40G/100G technology, and in the value we can offer by leveraging existing network assets for more cost-effective capacity upgrades and service delivery,” said Anthony McLachlan, Ciena’s vice president and general manager, Asia Pacific. “This is also a significant regional achievement as we look to expand our global footprint across Asia-Pacific, particularly in countries like Vietnam where subscriber growth rates are high and the need to aggressively expand network infrastructure is critical.” The VTN network is being upgraded with Ciena’s ActivSpan Common Photonic Layer and ActivFlex 6500 Packet-Optical Platform with integrated 40G/100G optics. Ciena’s 40G and 100G solutions are based on technologies such as coherent detection, Dual Polarization Quadrature Phase Shift Keying modulation, and advanced electronic digital signal processing techniques—all of which Ciena is the first vendor to successfully commercialize. With more than 60 customer deployments to date around the world, Ciena is leading the industry with 40G/100G coherent solutions, which provide significant performance as well as CAPEX and OPEX (or business) benefits for both terrestrial and submarine applications. # # # About Ciena Ciena is the network specialist. We collaborate with customers worldwide to unlock the strategic potential of their networks and fundamentally change the way they perform and compete. With focused innovation, Ciena brings together the reliability and capacity of optical networking with the flexibility and economics of Ethernet, unified by a software suite that delivers the industry’s leading network automation. We routinely post recent news, financial results and other important announcements and information about Ciena on our website. For more information, visit www.ciena.com. Ciena Introduces New Product Branding 2010-10-19T03:25:00Z ciena-introduces-new-product-branding Ciena Corporation (NASDAQ: CIEN), the network specialist, today introduced new product designations for select members of its product portfolio. The naming updates reflect the branding unification of the company’s newly transformed portfolio, and will begin to appear in product documentation and artwork, corporate collateral and company communications during the next several months. Specifically, Ciena has dropped alphabetical prefixes (i.e. “CN” 4200 and “OME” 6500) in favor of the ‘Activ’ nomenclature. The below list reflects the updated product names in their respective product groupings. NOTE: Products not appearing on this list were not included in the branding update, however they remain active members of the product portfolio. Packet-Optical Switching Old Name New Name 5430 Reconfigurable Switching System ActivFlex 5430 Reconfigurable Switching System 5410 Reconfigurable Switching System ActivFlex 5410 Reconfigurable Switching System Packet-Optical Transport Old Name New Name Optical Multiservice Edge 6500 ActivFlex 6500 Packet-Optical Platform Optical Metro 6110 ActivFlex 6110 Multiservice Optical Platform Optical Metro 6130 ActivFlex 6130 Multiservice Optical Platform Optical Metro 6150 ActivFlex 6150 Multiservice Optical Platform CN 4200 FlexSelect Advanced Services Platform ActivSpan 4200 Advanced Services Platform Optical Metro 565 ActivSpan 565 Optical Metro 5100 ActivSpan 5100 Optical Metro 5200 ActivSpan 5200 Common Photonic Layer ActivSpan Common Photonic Layer Carrier Ethernet Service Delivery Old Name New Name CN 3180 Multiservice Delivery Switch ActivEdge 3180 Multiservice Delivery Switch CN 3181 Multiservice Delivery Switch ActivEdge 3181 Multiservice Delivery Switch CN 3190 Multiservice Delivery Switch ActivEdge 3190 Multiservice Delivery Switch CN 3911 Service Delivery Switch ActivEdge 3911 Service Delivery Switch CN 3920 Service Delivery Switch ActivEdge 3920 Service Delivery Switch CN 3940 Service Delivery Switch ActivEdge 3940 Service Delivery Switch CN 3960 Service Delivery Switch ActivEdge 3960 Service Delivery Switch CN 5140 Service Aggregation Switch ActivEdge 5140 Service Aggregation Switch CN 5150 Service Aggregation Switch ActivEdge 5150 Service Aggregation Switch CN 5305 Service Aggregation Switch ActivEdge 5305 Service Aggregation Switch 5410 Service Aggregation Switch ActivEdge 5410 Service Aggregation Switch Ciena Reports Unaudited Fiscal Third Quarter 2010 Results 2010-09-09T00:08:00Z ciena-reports-unaudited-fiscal-third-quarter-2010-results Ciena Corporation (NASDAQ: CIEN), the network specialist, today announced unaudited results for its fiscal third quarter ended July 31, 2010. Revenue for the fiscal third quarter 2010 totaled $389.7 million. Fiscal third quarter performance includes $221.8 million in revenue from the acquired assets of the Metro Ethernet Networks business of Nortel* (the “MEN Business”), reflecting the first full quarter of those operations since the close of the transaction on March 19, 2010. “We’re pleased with our progress and believe our financial performance this quarter is evidence of both the strategic value and market acceptance of the combined company. Our focus remains on the execution of our integration plan, and in the third quarter we were able to achieve certain integration milestones sooner than expected,” said Gary Smith, Ciena president and CEO. “We are confident in the strength of our market position and believe we are well-positioned to capitalise on future growth opportunities.” On the basis of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), Ciena’s net loss for the fiscal third quarter 2010 was $(109.9) million, or $(1.18) per common share, which compares to a GAAP net loss of $(26.5) million, or $(0.29) per common share, for the fiscal third quarter of 2009. The fiscal third quarter 2010 included $17.0 million in acquisition and integration-related costs associated with Ciena’s acquisition of the MEN Business. Ciena’s adjusted (non-GAAP) net loss for the fiscal third quarter 2010 was $(8.0) million, or $(0.09) per common share, which compares to an adjusted (non-GAAP) net loss of $(4.8) million, or $(0.05) per common share for the fiscal third quarter 2009. A reconciliation between the GAAP and adjusted (non-GAAP) measures contained in this release is provided in the table in Appendix A. Fiscal Third Quarter 2010 Performance Summary $389.7 million in revenue, reflecting approximately $221.8 million from the Nortel MEN Business. Non-U.S. customers contributed 41% of total revenue. Two customers each accounted for greater than 10% of revenue, and 34% of total revenue in the aggregate. As-adjusted operating expense of $178 million. GAAP gross margin of 37%. Adjusted (non-GAAP) gross margin of 45.2% excludes share-based compensation costs, amortisation of intangible assets, and fair value adjustment of acquired inventory. GAAP net loss of $(109.9) million or $(1.18) per common share. Adjusted (non-GAAP) net loss of $(8.0) million or $(0.09) per common share. Ended the quarter with cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments of $470.4 million. We used $130 million in cash for operations during the quarter, which reflects $109 million for changes in working capital and $21 million in net losses (adjusted for non-cash charges), which includes payments of $17 million for acquisition and integration costs. Incurred $17.0 million in acquisition and integration-related costs, and $2.2 million in restructuring costs. Business Outlook “We see increasing levels of customer activity and continued strength in the fundamental demand drivers of our business; however, we remain cautious in the face of continuing macroeconomic uncertainties,” stated Smith. “We currently expect a sequential increase in our fiscal fourth quarter revenue of up to 5%, and expect as-adjusted gross margin to be in the low 40s range.” Live Web Broadcast of Unaudited Fiscal Third Quarter 2010 Results Ciena will host a discussion of its unaudited fiscal third quarter 2010 results with investors and financial analysts today, Wednesday, September 8, 2010 at 8:30 a.m. (Eastern). The live broadcast of the discussion will be available via Ciena’s homepage at www.ciena.com. An archived version of the discussion will be available shortly following the conclusion of the live broadcast on the Investor Relations page of Ciena’s website at: www.ciena.com/investors. Note to Investors Forward-looking statements. This press release contains certain forward-looking statements based on current expectations, forecasts and assumptions that involve risks and uncertainties. These statements are based on information available to the Company as of the date hereof; and Ciena's actual results could differ materially from those stated or implied, due to risks and uncertainties associated with its business, which include the risk factors disclosed in its Report on Form 10-Q, which Ciena filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 10, 2010. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding Ciena's expectations, beliefs, intentions or strategies regarding the future and can be identified by forward-looking words such as "anticipate," "believe," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "should," "will," and "would" or similar words. Forward-looking statements in this release include: based on our direct conversations with customers and supported by trends we are seeing currently in the business, including recently improved order flow, we expect to deliver sequential revenue growth in our fiscal third quarter. Ciena assumes no obligation to update the information included in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Non-GAAP Presentation of Quarterly Results. This release includes non-GAAP measures of Ciena’s gross profit, operating expenses, income from operations, net income and net income per share. In evaluating the operating performance of Ciena’s business, management excludes certain charges and credits that are required by GAAP. These items, share one or more of the following characteristics: they are unusual and Ciena does not expect them to recur in the ordinary course of its business; they do not involve the expenditure of cash; they are unrelated to the ongoing operation of the business in the ordinary course; or their magnitude and timing is largely outside of Ciena’s control. Management believes that the non-GAAP measures below provide management and investors useful information and meaningful insight to the operating performance of the business. The presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to Ciena’s GAAP results and these measures are not intended to be a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. Ciena’s non-GAAP measures and the related adjustments may differ from non-GAAP measures used by other companies and should only be used to evaluate Ciena’s results of operations in conjunction with our corresponding GAAP results. For a complete GAAP to non-GAAP reconciliation of the non-GAAP measures contained in this release, see Appendix A. About Ciena Ciena is the network specialist. We collaborate with customers worldwide to unlock the strategic potential of their networks and fundamentally change the way they compete. With focused innovation, Ciena brings together the reliability and capacity of optical networking with the flexibility and economics of Ethernet, unified by a software suite that delivers the industry’s leading network automation. We routinely post recent news, financial results and other important announcements and information about Ciena on our website. For more information, visit www.ciena.com. Ciena adds Barnard to senior management team in Australia 2010-08-11T00:48:00Z ciena-adds-barnard-to-senior-management-team-in-australia Ciena Corporation (NASDAQ: CIEN), the network specialist, is continuing to grow its presence in Australia with the appointment of Simon Barnard as its new Account Director for Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania. Barnard will be immediately responsible for managing Ciena’s existing customer accounts south of the New South Wales border, including VERNet, which operates the major educational research network VERN, and Nextgen Networks, of which Barnard was among the original founders. “We’re in the midst of a global trend in the telecommunications industry to collapse the number of network layers in the quest for better performance, scalability and efficiency,” says Barnard. “Optical and Ethernet are the two critical technologies that enable the best mix of performance and cost-effectiveness for carrier and enterprise networks everywhere, including Australia, and the fact that Ciena is a global leader in these areas makes it an attractive and exciting time to join the company.” Barnard says the biggest challenge facing telecommunications carriers, service providers and large enterprises in Australia is managing the deluge of bandwidth demands driven from multimedia-hungry users. “Carriers are seeking different and better ways to manage growing volumes of network traffic, and this need will be magnified even further as data usage goes through the roof over the next few years,” he says. “Likewise, corporate customers are seeking cost-effective, high capacity, low-latency network connectivity without sacrificing reliability for mission-critical applications such as electronic trading, cloud computing, storage area networking and disaster recovery. “Converged optical Ethernet is a highly compelling solution in this scenario, primarily for its simplicity and scalability as well as its ubiquity. That’s why major infrastructure projects like the NBN are blue-printed on Ethernet and optical technologies, and this is where Ciena has both the expertise and global experience to take a leadership role in the local market.” Prior to joining Ciena, Barnard was a Regional Director at Extreme Networks, the US-based, NASDAQ-listed Ethernet switching technology developer. Previously, Barnard was the National Sales Manager for Nextgen Networks, where he started the company’s corporate and government business, and developed the channel business for the company’s system integrators. He was also a Business Development Manager for Cisco Australia, where he worked on carrier, corporate and government accounts, and an Account Director at Lucent. Together with Stephan Wagner, who was appointed last month to head up Ciena’s northern region operations, Barnard will focus on growing the company’s customer base in Australia by servicing and supporting existing customers and bidding for new business. Barnard holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree from the University of Reading, United Kingdom. He has worked in the Australian telecommunications industry for the past 17 years, and is based in Melbourne.