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Press Release -- October 5th, 2010
Source: Ciena
Tags: Equipment, Ethernet, Exchange

Ciena’s CN 5150 Service Aggregation Switch Honored by Broadband Gear Report’s Diamond Technology Reviews

Carrier Ethernet switch recognized by panel of MSO engineering experts as compelling product for supporting mobile backhaul and business services

Linthicum, MD — 10/05/2010

Ciena® Corporation (NASDAQ:CIEN, news, filings), the network specialist, today announced that its CN 5150™ Service Aggregation Switch received 3.5 out of 5 diamonds in Broadband Gear Report (BGR)’s 2010 Diamond Technology Reviews. Ciena’s CN 5150 is part of its Carrier Ethernet Service Delivery (CESD) portfolio, which has been deployed by more than 100 carriers, wireless service providers, cable operators and new entrants in 25 countries, primarily for mobile backhaul and business services. Based on these deployments, Heavy Reading recognized Ciena in its Q4 2009 and Q1 2010 Carrier Ethernet Access Platform (CEAP) Quarterly Market Tracker as the industry’s number one supplier of Ethernet-over-fiber access equipment.

Ciena's CN 5150 is a compact, high-density Ethernet aggregation switch that is specifically designed to address the service and cost requirements of metro aggregation networks. The platform includes key features such as the latest timing and synchronization protocols to enable migration to pure packet architectures and to support 4G mobile technologies such as Long-Term Evolution (LTE); a variety of Carrier Ethernet transport options to deliver a wide range of connectivity services with guaranteed QoS (Quality of Service) and multi-vendor switching and routing interoperability; a rich set of Operation, Administration and Maintenance (OAM) capabilities to monitor the status of system and network links; and the ability to operate across extended temperature ranges in a wide variety of physical environments.

Ciena’s CN 5150 also features a software architecture based on a common service-aware operating system used across the company’s CESD portfolio, providing a consistent deployment model and zero-touch device configuration and service provisioning. This automated approach delivers up to 60 percent faster service provisioning and as much as a 40 percent reduction in operational expense versus platforms that rely on manual configurations.

“In its sixth year, the Diamond Technology Reviews program continues to recognize some of the top products and solutions available to the cable industry, including this year’s recognition of Ciena’s CN 5150 Service Aggregation Switch,” said Tim Hermes, publisher of BGR. “The CN 5150 was recognized by our judges as a scalable and cost-effective Carrier Ethernet device, which ensures maximum network reliability with flexible network deployment options.”

The Diamond Technology Reviews are an annual product rating program in which a panel of MSO engineering experts organized by BGR’s editorial team analyzes product applications submitted by the broadband industry’s vendor community. This year the judges included technical executives from Bright House, Charter, Comcast, Cox, Suddenlink, Sunflower Broadband and Time Warner Cable. The full results of the judging will be announced in conjunction with SCTE’s Cable-Tec Expo, being held from October 20-22, 2010 in New Orleans, La. Ciena will be exhibiting at the event and showcasing its CN 5150 in booth #1507.

“Business services and mobile backhaul are key growth areas for MSOs and given the diversity of service requirements, operational environments and deployment architectures they require, this recognition by a panel of MSO engineering experts further underscores the industry’s need for intelligent and cost-effective Carrier Ethernet devices such as CN 5150,” said Steve Alexander, chief technology officer at Ciena.

This year’s recognition by BGR marks the fourth consecutive year that Ciena platforms have been recognized. Last year, Ciena received the highest possible ranking – 5 out of 5 diamonds – for its CN 5305™ Service Aggregation Switch, also a member of the CESD portfolio.

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.

About Broadband Gear Report (BGR)
Broadband Gear Report - www.broadbandgear.net - was launched in 2004 by Hermes Media & Research and has become the leading online product and deployment alert service for broadband engineering professionals. The Diamond Technology Reviews was launched in 2005 to answer the need for an unbiased technology review program within the broadband community. BGR is a twice-monthly emailed newsletter and website sent to over 8,000 cable broadband engineering managers in the Tier 1, Tier 2 and independent operators in the North America and Europe. Since its launch in 2004, BGR has grown by over 5,000 subscribers, and enjoys a roster of over 40 sponsors. BGR is a Hermes Media & Research publication. Tim Hermes, CEO & Publisher, and Laura Hamilton, Vice President & Editor-in-Chief, have a combined 30 years experience in broadband business-to-business publishing.

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 September 8, 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.

Press Contacts:
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Ciena Corporation
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Ciena Corporation
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