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Press Release -- February 14th, 2018
Source: Ciena

Ciena Unveils New Capabilities to Help Network Operators Prepare for 5G

Introduces open and adaptive wireline network architecture to enable scale and automation  

HANOVER, Md.  February 14, 2018 — Current 4G and future 5G networks require massively agile and scalable wireline networks. To address these performance demands, Ciena (NASDAQ:CIEN, news, filings) has developed innovative 5G Solutions to help operators scale their current 4G networks, while simultaneously preparing for the impending evolution toward 5G.

Compared to 4G LTE, 5G is expected to offer 100x faster speeds, 100x more devices, 10x lower latency, and 1000x higher data volumes. This will enable the use of Fixed Wireless Access (FWA), mobile broadband, augmented/virtual reality, IoT and many more applications. In turn, it will generate an enormous amount of traffic that needs to be stored, accessed, and moved across the network.

Ciena’s 5G Solutions are designed to provide the scale and automation operators need to deliver a superior end-to-end user customer experience in this environment and usher in a new age of mobile connectivity.

Key Facts:

  • “With expected 5G performance gains ranging from 1,000 times the volume of data to ten times the reduction in latency, operators need to prepare their end-to-end wireline network now. As the industry leader in coherent optical, edge packet platforms, automation, and multi-domain service orchestration, Ciena is uniquely positioned to support operators through every step of their multi-year journey to a common wireline infrastructure that supports 4G and beyond.”

-        Steve Alexander, Chief Technology Officer, Ciena

  • “The move to 5G won’t happen overnight, but it is necessary for operators to prepare for these changes if they want to stay competitive. Picking the right partner will be key to a successful transition to high-performance 5G networks. Ciena’s 5G Solutions can help operators minimize risk and achieve a faster return on investment by supporting both 4G and 5G services on a shared infrastructure and incorporating field-proven wireline technology.”

-        Monica Paolini, Principal Analyst, Senza Fili Consulting

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About Ciena

Ciena (NYSE: CIEN) is a network strategy and technology company. We translate best-in-class technology into value through a high-touch, consultative business model – with a relentless drive to create exceptional experiences measured by outcomes. For updates on Ciena, follow us on Twitter @CienaLinkedIn, the Ciena Insights blog, or visit

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