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Press Release -- January 18th, 2016
Source: Ciena

AAG Taps Ciena to Add More Capacity to Trans-Pacific Network

Route connecting Southeast Asia to the United States upgrading to meet growing capacity demands


The Asia America Gateway (AAG) consortium recently upgraded its Asia and trans-Pacific cable network leveraging Ciena’s® (CIEN) GeoMesh submarine solutions. This will allow AAG to meet growing demand for international capacity. According to TeleGeography private networks share of total used trans-Pacific bandwidth is forecasted to grow by more than 50 percent in 2016.

Key Facts:

  • AAG is a 20,000 km submarine communications cable system, connecting Southeast Asia with the U.S. mainland, across the Pacific Ocean via Guam and Hawaii. It provides connectivity between Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei Darussalam, Vietnam, Hong Kong SAR, Philippines, Guam, Hawaii and the U.S. West Coast.
  • With Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform, powered by WaveLogic coherent optics and Flexible Grid technology, AAG can seamlessly add capacity and cost-effectively extend the useful lifetime of its network. Additionally, Ciena’s unified management capability is providing AAG with simple point-and-click service provisioning to enable faster service turn-up and end-to-end visibility of network performance.
  • Ciena is also providing installation and commissioning via its Specialist Services portfolio as part of this turnkey project. These services expedited the launch of the new network capacity, providing AAG with accelerated revenue potential.

Executive Comments:

  • “Over the last year and a half we have seen an immense growth in the demand for capacity from the AAG owners. By working with Ciena and using their converged packet-optical solutions we have been able to quickly and seamlessly upgrade our network.”
    Michael Costin, Chairman of the AAG Management Committee
  • “Submarine operators across the globe are experiencing surging demand for bandwidth thanks to the increasing pressure from web-scale providers and bandwidth-hungry services like cloud computing, mobile connectivity and HD video. Ciena’s GeoMesh submarine solutions and WaveLogic technology help leading providers like AAG to quickly and cost-effectively boost network capacities on existing and new cables.”
    Anthony McLachlan, Vice President and General Manager, Asia Pacific, Ciena

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About Asia America Gateway (AAG)

AAG is a 20,000 km submarine cable network providing connectivity from South East Asia to the USA West Coast and is owned and operated by a consortium of telecommunications companies.

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 at 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-K, which Ciena filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on December 21, 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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