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Press Release -- August 26th, 2015
Source: Ciena

Ciena Advances Terabit Switch to Support Surging Web-Scale Demands

5430 Represents Highest Capacity Packet Optical Platform; Provides Massive Scale with Integrated WaveLogic 3 Extreme Optics


Ciena ® (CIEN) added several new powerful hardware and software capabilities to its 5430Packet-Optical Platform. Designed to improve service velocity for high-bandwidth, on-demand applications and to enhance service economics, the new capabilities to the 5430 make hybrid packet OTN switching networks highly scalable, efficient and agile, paving the way toward virtualized, SDN-based architectures.

Generally available today, the upgraded 5430 provides up to 15 Terabits (Tb/s) of capacity to service provider, submarine and cable networks – a key capability in today’s dynamic, web-scale world where traffic growth is driven by on-demand video streaming, enterprise cloud adoption and virtualized network functions.

Key Facts:

  • According to leading optical research firm Dell’Oro, Ciena has maintained the number one global share for the past two consecutive years in Optical Packet, a market which is expected to grow to $12.4B by 2019.
  • Powered by Ciena’s next-generation family of silicon chips, the latest additions to Ciena’s 5430 provide up to five times more port density, four times switching capacity and 60 percent reduction of power consumption per switched Gb/s than the current platform – all in the same footprint and with in-service upgrades to mitigate service interruption. The enhanced 5430 significantly lowers OPEX, space requirements and simplifies network complexity.
  • Leveraging Ciena’s WaveLogic 3 Extreme chipset, the 5430 also quadruples the 100G DWDM port density within the same footprint and adds extra modulation flexibility. Each port can be individually programmable to operate in QPSK or 16QAM modulation, enabling providers to maximize capacity for any reach with a single card.
  • In addition, a new set of packet networking features has been introduced on the 5430 to offer rich Metro-Ethernet-Forum (MEF) based services for consistent service delivery, faster turn-up and provisioning, and seamless evolution from circuit to packet.
  • Utilizing Ciena’s field-proven OneConnect Intelligent Control plane, the 5430 also provides greater network agility and automation by offering intelligent software to optimize operations and reduce costs, accelerate service turn-up and set the foundation of a more dynamic network infrastructure.
  • The enhanced platform is currently being deployed by a number of leading service providers globally, including SK Telecom, Korea’s largest telecommunications company, to support mobile and next generation business and consumer broadband offerings.

Executive Comments:

  • “To succeed in today’s on-demand world, providers need networks that are agile, scalable and highly-resilient not only in the core, where traffic is concentrated, but at submarine landing stations and wireless aggregation points as well. Our next-generation family of silicon chips powers the 5430 platform to deliver the highest protocol agnostic switching capacity on the market, ensuring a path for growth without adding operational complexity or service disruption.”
    Francois Locoh-Donou, Senior Vice President, Global Products Group, Ciena
  • “As bandwidth needs continue to march ever higher, service providers need packet-optical transport platforms that can easily be upgraded to meet that demand. The future-forward design of Ciena’s 5430 platform addresses this need. Unlike many competing platforms, the 5430 seamlessly supported the capacity increase required by 100 Gbps connections, and now upgrades to a class-leading 15 Tbps of switching capacity.”
    Rick Talbot, Principal Analyst, Optical Infrastructure, Current Analysis

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About Ciena

Ciena (CIEN) 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 its OPn architecture for 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 Twitter @Ciena or on LinkedIn. Investors are encouraged to review the Investors section of our website at, where we routinely post press releases, SEC filings, recent news, financial results, and other announcements. From time to time we exclusively post material information to this website along with other disclosure channels that we use.

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 10, 2015. 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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