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Press Release -- June 25th, 2012
Source: Ciena

Japan-U.S. Cable Selects Ciena for Trans-Pacific 100G Submarine Network

WaveLogic 3 Coherent Technology to Power the First Direct Coast-to-Coast 100G Trans-Pacific Submarine Network Adds Five Terabits of Capacity to Meet Escalating Bandwidth Demand Across Intercontinental Route LINTHICUM, Md. —  06/25/2012

Ciena® Corporation (NASDAQ:CIEN, news, filings), the network specialist, today announced that the Japan-U.S. Cable Network is upgrading its trans-Pacific submarine network, which spans close to 23,000 kilometers from the U.S. to Japan, with Ciena’s market-leading coherent 100 Gigabits per second (100G) technology. Expected to be in service in early 2013, the upgraded network will bring five terabits per second of additional capacity to a crucial global network route connecting North America and northern Asia. As the first direct coast-to-coast 100G trans-Pacific submarine network, this will allow Japan-U.S. Cable customers to enjoy the benefits of increased bandwidth and support rapidly increasing capacity demands.

Key Facts:

  • The      Japan-U.S. Cable is made up of more than 26 consortium members, including      leading global service providers such as: Verizon Business, AT&T, BT,      Sprint, CenturyLink, KDDI, NTT, Cable & Wireless Worldwide, Tata      Communications, SingTel, Softbank Telecom, France Telecom, Level(3),      AboveNet, KT, Starhub, PCCW, and Telstra.
  • Ready      for service in 2001, the Japan-U.S. Cable Network spans close to 23,000      kilometers and includes two landing stations in California, one in Hawaii,      and three in Japan. To provide the 100G service, Ciena’s 6500 Packet Optical      platform with  WaveLogic 3 coherent optical processors will replace existing 10G optical equipment      at each landing station.
  • WaveLogic      3 optimizes the Japan-U.S. submarine cable network to achieve capacity and      reduced latency over trans-Pacific submarine distances while improving the      overall economics of the network.

Executive Comment:

  • “Previously equipment and service      companies who installed and maintained these cables were the sole source      for submarine landing terminal equipment hardware. But now vendors      such as Ciena, who have made large investments in advanced coherent      technology for a wide range of carrier applications, are disrupting the      economics of the submarine networking industry. With their Packet-Optical      technology, they can retrofit existing plants, increasing capacity and      extending the life of submarine carriers’ large capital investments.      In return, submarine carriers get access to advanced technology and can      elicit true competitive bids for networking hardware.” –   Andrew Schmitt, Principal Analyst, Optical, Infonetics Research
  • “As bandwidth      consumption accelerates worldwide, submarine networks have emerged as a      potential bottleneck in global networks due to the cost, challenge, and      financial risks of deploying new submarine cables. Ciena’s WaveLogic 3      coherent technology has completely changed the economics of bandwidth and      time-to-market for submarine network operators, enabling dramatic      increases in capacity over existing cable systems.” –   Anthony McLachlan, Vice President and General Manager, Asia Pacific, Ciena

Technology Leadership and Product Background:

  • Ciena’s WaveLogic coherent technology enables unobtrusive 40G/100G upgrades to existing submarine networks with only the addition of new terminal equipment, significantly extending the life of existing cable plants and further lengthening its lifespan. Beyond scaling bandwidth and lowering costs, WaveLogic-powered networks can be programmed to quickly respond and adapt to changing requirements for capacity, reach, and latency.
  • Ciena is the pioneer and market leader of coherent optical technology with more than 14,000 coherent 40G/100G line interfaces shipped to more than 100 customer deployments over land and undersea across the globe, including deployments in eight countries across the Asia Pacific region.

Supporting Ciena Resources:

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 services and software 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 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 6, 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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