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Press Release -- February 14th, 2014
Source: Ciena, Ericsson

Ericsson and Ciena announce strategic global agreement

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Feb. 14, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

  -- Ericsson and Ciena sign strategic global agreement for joint development
     of IP-optical convergence
  -- Ericsson and Ciena are committed to accelerating the availability of
     open, programmable, software-defined networks
  -- Ericsson will offer Ciena's Converged Packet Optical portfolio, including
     the 6500 Packet-Optical Platform and 5400 family

Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC, news, filings) and Ciena (NASDAQ:CIEN, news, filings) today announce a strategic
global agreement to develop joint transport solutions for IP-optical
convergence and service provider software-defined networking (SDN). As
part of this agreement, Ericsson offers Ciena's Converged Packet
Optical portfolio, including the 6500 Packet-Optical Platform and 5400

Ericsson will benefit from Ciena's best-in-class optical technology
leadership, including its WaveLogic coherent optical processors and
global market presence. Combined with Ericsson's strong IP portfolio
and Global Services organization, service providers will be able to
deploy IPoWDM technology and to evolve their transport network into a
SDN-enabled infrastructure. This will result in lower total cost of
ownership and faster deployment of new services.

"This strategic global agreement brings together two companies uniquely
positioned to drive the adoption of more open, programmable networks.
The integration of our industry-leading packet-optical technologies
into Ericsson's portfolio, combined with our global distribution
agreement, allows us to address a wider market with a combined
offering," said Gary Smith, President and CEO, Ciena. "As our industry
moves toward a more open networking environment, collaboration within
an ecosystem of specialists will be critical for innovation. Our
SDN-focused joint development activities will enable us to deliver on
network transformation strategies that dynamically support changing
demands for network-level applications and services."

"The convergence between IP and Optical network layers in an Open SDN
controlled architecture will enable more flexible and cost efficient
networks for Service Providers" said Johan Wibergh, Executive Vice
President and Ericsson's Head of Business Unit Networks." This
agreement allows us to offer Ciena's industry-leading Packet-Optical
products. This is a great complement to our portfolio of 4th Generation
IP products and will enable more complete and competitive solutions to
our customers."

The strategic agreement is effective immediately, and go-to-market
activities and solution integration efforts are underway.

Ericsson Telebriefing

Ericsson will host a telebriefing today, Friday, February 14, 2014 at
6pm CET (12noon EST, 9am PST), for investors, analysts and media to
discuss this strategic global agreement.

For details of the briefing, please refer to Ericsson investor page


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. Ciena leverages
its deep expertise in packet and optical networking and distributed
software automation to deliver solutions in alignment with OPn, its
approach for building open next-generation networks. We enable a
high-scale, programmable infrastructure that can be controlled and
adapted by network-level applications, and provide open interfaces to
coordinate computing, storage and network resources in a unified,
virtualized environment. For updates on Ciena news, follow us on
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Ericsson and Ciena announce strategic global agreement

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