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Press Release -- February 2nd, 2012
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Ciena Announces Internet Availability of 2012 Annual Meeting Proxy Materials

LINTHICUM, Md. — 02/02/2012

Ciena® Corporation (NASDAQ:CIEN, news, filings) today announced that the proxy materials for its 2012 Annual Meeting of Stockholders are now available via the Internet in accordance with the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Notice and Access rule. By implementing the Notice and Access rule, Ciena lowers the cost of producing and mailing its Annual Meeting materials and reduces the environmental impact of the Annual Meeting.

Ciena stockholders as of the January 24, 2012 record date for the Annual Meeting will be mailed a "Notice Regarding the Availability of Proxy Materials", which will provide the Internet web site address where the proxy materials can be viewed and shares can be voted. It will also include instructions for requesting a paper copy of the proxy materials via telephone, Internet website or email. For stockholders not entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting, Ciena’s annual report and proxy statement can also be viewed on the company’s website at: http://www.ciena.com/investors.

Ciena’s 2012 Annual Meeting of Stockholders will be held Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. (Eastern) at The Westin Baltimore Washington Airport - BWI, 1110 Old Elkridge Landing Road, Baltimore, Maryland. The proceedings of the meeting will be webcast live via a link on the company’s website at www.ciena.com.

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.

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

Investor Contacts:
Gregg Lampf
Ciena Corporation
(888) 243 6223
ir@ciena.com

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