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Press Release -- April 2nd, 2012
Source: Ciena
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AAPT and Ciena launch Australian-first 100G inter-capital network

Ciena’s 100G solution equips AAPT with a bigger and smarter network for greater capacity, reach and lower latency

Sydney, Australia and Linthicum, Maryland, USA — 04/02/2012

AAPT, one of Australia’s largest telecommunications carriers, and Ciena® Corporation (NASDAQ:CIEN, news, filings), the network specialist, today announced the first commercially-available 100 Gigabits per second (100G) inter-capital network, operating between Melbourne and Sydney.

The 100G service, which launched on April 1, is powered by Ciena’s market-leading 6500 Packet-Optical Platform equipped with WaveLogic coherent optical processors to enable delivery of 100G wavelength services. AAPT's internet, Ethernet and IP VPN customers can now connect at speeds up to 100G, satisfying the increasing demand for high-bandwidth capacity throughout Australia.

AAPT CEO David Yuile said AAPT was the first telecommunications infrastructure company to market this service in Australia, providing such high capacity between inter-capital cities.

"AAPT is responding to customers’ requirements for increased bandwidth mainly driven by cloud, storage and Internet usage. Three years ago, 1G was the usual customer requirement and now it is being replaced with 10G bandwidth orders.

"The added attraction of this network upgrade is that it is on our shortest path, taking less than 5 milliseconds between Melbourne and Sydney. When you couple AAPT’s network capacity to this speed, it is a very attractive proposition for banks and financial institutions," he said.

Ciena Vice President and General Manager, Asia Pacific, Anthony McLachlan said Ciena’s solution had allowed AAPT to enhance its network for additional capacity and at a lower cost.

“This will give AAPT an opportunity to introduce new revenue-generating services, further differentiating it in a competitive market. It is a key plank in AAPTs NBN aggregation strategy and will continue to support even faster, more resilient products and services to the enterprise market," he said.

Ciena and AAPT have a long-standing relationship. In 2011, AAPT upgraded its network with Ciena’s next-generation Carrier Ethernet Service 5410 and 5150 Service Aggregation Switches.

About AAPT

AAPT is one of Australia's leading telecommunications companies, offering local and long distance voice, mobile, data and Internet services for business, government and wholesale customers, via its extensive national fibre network.  AAPT is 100% owned by Telecom New Zealand, New Zealand's largest listed company and one of the top 20 largest listed companies on the Australian Stock Exchange. AAPT is one of only three Australian telecommunications providers to own and operate a national voice and data network.

With one of Australia’s most extensive and highest-quality IP networks, AAPT’s dedicated focus is on creating a position for customers to experience a telecommunications partnership unmatched by others. For more information, visit www.aapt.com.au.

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 8, 2012. 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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Ciena Corporation
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