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Press Release -- May 12th, 2011
Source: Ciena
Tags: 100G, 40G, Ethernet, Exchange, Expansion, Wavelength

RASCOM Selects Ciena for Coherent 40G International Network

Network expansion provides connectivity for critical Moscow to Frankfurt route

LINTHICUM, Md. and MOSCOW, Russia — 05/12/2011

Ciena® Corporation (NASDAQ:CIEN, news, filings), the network specialist, today announced it has been selected by Russian carrier RASCOM for an extension of its next-generation network to connect Russia to Germany through the Nordic countries. Based on Ciena’s pioneering coherent optical technology, the next-generation network offers an initial capacity of up to 40G, with a seamless upgrade path to 100G as bandwidth requirements change over time.

One of the first privately-held carriers in Russia, RASCOM is the leading supplier of cross-border network capacity for Russian service providers and major enterprises. It owns and operates Russia's first fiber optic backbone communications network, transporting approximately 50 percent of Russia’s cross-border Internet traffic. RASCOM’s existing network, based on widespread deployment of Ciena’s coherent 40G technology, connects Moscow to Stockholm through sites in St. Petersburg and Helsinki. This new link extends that network to Frankfurt through Copenhagen – a key data traffic route.

“There is growing demand amongst Russian service providers for a high-speed network link to Frankfurt – an imperative route for business. With Ciena’s coherent solution, RASCOM can meet the growing bandwidth demands of our customers and easily scale as capacity requirements alter. Ciena offers unbeatable flexibility in network planning as well as simple commissioning and operation processes, enabling us to respond to changing customer needs in a timely manner,” said V. I. Kireev, general director of the closed joint-stock company RASCOM.

Based on Ciena’s ActivFlex 6500 Packet-Optical Platform – powered by its unique family of WaveLogic™ coherent optical processors – RASCOM’s new international network includes six 40G wavelengths connecting Moscow to Frankfurt. With expandability to 8.8 Tbps and support for both coherent 40G and 100G transmission, it allows RASCOM to gradually scale its network as requirements change.

“RASCOM’s high-capacity network acts as a key enabler for cross-border business by meeting the growing bandwidth demands of successful enterprises. A long-standing customer and early adopter of Ciena’s coherent optical technology, RASCOM will benefit even more from a highly scalable and flexible architecture on this key network route, allowing it to grow and adapt together with its customers,” commented François Docoh-Lonou, vice president and general manager, EMEA at Ciena.

RASCOM’s network encompasses a very large and diverse geography, including challenging terrain and underwater links. In addition to ActivFlex 6500,Ciena’s ActivSpan Common Photonic Layer supports ROADM functionality in RASCOM’s entire network – ensuring wavelength add/drops can be remotely configured at any node point in the network and providing system simplicity and full agility for the addition and routing of new services.

The pioneer in coherent technology for optical transmission, Ciena is also the market leader in this area benefiting from several years of deployment experience, with more than 7,000 coherent 40G/100G line interfaces shipped to more than 80 customers across the globe.

About RASCOM
CJSC “RASCOM” is a leading provider of international capacity for telecoms operators and possesses its own communications facilities and structures on the route Moscow – Saint-Petersburg – Russian-Finnish Border – Helsinki – Stockholm - Frankfurt. The company offers services in telecoms circuits providing and Internet access as well as various integrated solutions in Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, Tver, Novgorod and other cities of Central and North-West regions of Russia.

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 10, 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.

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