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Press Release -- August 22nd, 2012
Source: Ciena
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Vodafone and Ciena Deploy New Zealand’s First 100Gb/s Data Centre Network

New Zealand’s first 100 Gigabit per second (Gb/s) data network is now live, linking two of Vodafone’s Auckland data centres to feed New Zealanders’ growing hunger for data.

The upgrade, completed by network specialist Ciena® Corporation (NASDAQ:CIEN, news, filings), makes this network the fastest currently operating in New Zealand.

Vodafone’s Chief Network Officer Tony Baird says demand for network capacity is growing rapidly.

“Data use on Vodafone’s mobile network has grown by over 125 per cent year on year and on our fixed network we’ve seen a 90 per cent year on year increase. Now many customers have started using the internet, email and applications like Facebook on their smartphone, and their home network for content like TV and movies, it is rapidly becoming a way of life and this trend shows no sign of slowing.”

“Upgrading the network between our two Auckland data centres to the fastest in New Zealand means we can stay ahead of the curve for our customers with the ever increasing use of bandwidth intensive data services.”

Baird says Ciena’s coherent optical technology, which adds wavelengths of light for additional network capacity,  is industry-leading and provides the backbone network Vodafone needs.

“Ciena’s technology allows us to deliver the performance and reliability our customers need while allowing us to scale our systems up in the future in an easy and hassle free manner.”

The upgrade required no re-engineering or discontinuation of service due to the robust operation of Ciena’s 100Gb/s technology running alongside existing 10Gb/s and 40Gb/s channels.  This greatly improves the efficiencies of Vodafone’s high-speed network, opening the door to new applications and additional capacity as the network evolves and expands.

“Service providers across the globe are looking to improve their network efficiency and reliability while also expanding capacity to meet surging demand from a new breed of smartphone and tablet users,” says Anthony McLachlan, Vice President and General Manager, Asia Pacific, Ciena.

“Vodafone New Zealand is an excellent example of a company with the forward vision to deploy network technologies that suit their present-day requirements and also lay the groundwork to support future expansion and network services at speeds that reach 100Gb/s and beyond.”

The upgraded network is powered by Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform equipped with WaveLogic™ coherent optical processors to enable 100Gb/s transport between Vodafone’s data centres in Auckland. This allows Vodafone to improve intra-city fibre utilisation, lowering the cost of transmission and laying the groundwork for additional capacity and speed as the business requires.

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About Vodafone New Zealand

Vodafone New Zealand is a wholly owned subsidiary of Vodafone Group and the number one mobile operator in New Zealand with over 2.4 million customers.  The company also offers fixed line and broadband services to consumers and businesses. Since entering the market in 1998, Vodafone has maintained a history of investment and innovation, and was the first to bring TXT and the mobile internet to New Zealand.  For more information visit www.vodafone.co.nz  | www.facebook.com/vodafoneNZ | @vodafonenz

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 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 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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