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Press Release -- October 27th, 2010
Source: Ciena
Tags: 100G, 40G, Equipment, Ethernet, Exchange

VTN Upgrades National Network with High-Capacity Transport Solutions from Ciena

Selects Ciena’s ActivSpan Common Photonic Layer and ActivFlex 6500 with integrated 40G/100G optics

Linthicum, MD — 10/27/2010

Ciena® Corporation (NASDAQ:CIEN, news, filings), 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

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-K, 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.

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