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Press Release -- August 16th, 2011
Source: Ciena
Tags: 40G, Content Delivery, Ethernet, Exchange, Video

GlobalNet Selects Ciena for 40G Metro Optical Network Upgrade

Future-proof network enables high-capacity Ethernet connectivity for enterprises in West Russia; marks next phase of long-standing partnership

LINTHICUM, Md., U.S.A. and ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — 08/16/2011

Ciena® Corporation (NASDAQ:CIEN, news, filings), the network specialist, today announced it has been selected by Russian carrier GlobalNet for the upgrade of its metro optical network, based on Ciena’s 4200 Advanced Services Platform. The newly evolved architecture will include Ciena’s 40G technology and WaveLogicTM coherent optical processors, supporting the cost-effective, flexible and scalable delivery of highly-reliable services to GlobalNet’s customer base.

A long-standing Ciena customer, GlobalNet offers connectivity services to enterprises in high-bandwidth sectors, including content delivery, media and storage. Based in St. Petersburg, the operator serves West Russia with a privately-owned optical network of more than 7,000 km. Its long-haul coherent 40G network is based on Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform, a highly scalable architecture that includes Ciena’s WaveLogic coherent optical processors. These benefits are now being extended to the metro network using Ciena’s 4200 platform, providing additional capacity and flexibility to GlobalNet’s enterprise connectivity offerings.

“With the advent of media-rich content and cloud-based services, there is a growing demand for available bandwidth from companies in the St. Petersburg area, which is only going to increase in years to come. This represents a great opportunity for GlobalNet – and with the flexible and scalable network infrastructure enabled by Ciena, we can continue supporting our customers as their communications services needs evolve, while maintaining economical network operations,” said Valery Ostapenko, general director at GlobalNet.

Ciena’s coherent technology enables GlobalNet to protect past investments and transmit four times as much information as across existing 10G networks. By upgrading its metro network to support a total capacity of 1 terabit per second (1Tb/s), GlobalNet can meet the growing bandwidth needs of its customers and support the requirements of mission-critical applications.

“Russian enterprises rely on GlobalNet to offer them reliable connectivity as and when they need it. Ciena’s optical network architecture enables GlobalNet to scale and meet their growing capacity needs in a simple and cost-efficient manner, empowering these ambitious companies to better compete in today’s dynamic market environment,” added Sergei Fishkin, regional managing director, Russia, CIS and the Baltic states at Ciena.

Ciena’s 4200 Advanced Services Platform is a multiservice aggregation and transport platform that can support a wide range of services (including Ethernet, SONET/SDH, storage and video), meeting all business application transport requirements over a single network with carrier-grade reliability. The inclusion of WaveLogic processors enables the platform to provide cost-effective ways to mitigate optical impairments, take advantage of existing fibre plants and scale network capacity quickly and easily.

About GlobalNet
Headquartered in St. Petersburg (Russia), GlobalNet is a young and dynamic telecommunications carrier offering telecommunications services to Russian businesses since 2008. GlobalNet is primarily focused on leasing data transmission and fiber optic lines with various capacities to large operators, ISPs and enterprise customers. GlobalNet expands to new regions every year and currently has offices in many major cities worldwide including New York, London, Paris, Moscow, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Stockholm, Helsinki and St. Petersburg. GlobalNet operates some 7000 km of backbone lines and owns a 350 km fiber optic network in St. Petersburg. A strong expert team and state-of-the-art technologies help GlobalNet ensure high availability and quality of its telecommunications services.

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 June 9, 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.

Press Contacts:
Nicole Anderson
Ciena Corporation
(877) 857 -7377
pr@ciena.com
Artur Kwiatkowski
Ciena Limited
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akwiatko@ciena.com

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