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Reliance Globalcom Partners with Ciena for 100G Submarine Cable Network Upgrade

  Reliance Globalcom Partners with Ciena for 100G Submarine Cable Network
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   Industry leading coherent optical solution will enable massive capacity
           increases to subsea cable route between Egypt and Jordan

Business Wire

MUMBAI & HANOVER, Md. -- November 27, 2012

Ciena^® Corporation (NASDAQ: CIEN), the network specialist, today announced
that Reliance Globalcom, the leading global provider of managed network and
communication services for multinational enterprises and carriers, has
selected Ciena’s market-leading WaveLogic^™ coherent optical 100G networking
solutions to upgrade its FLAG Europe-Asia (FEA) submarine network. Based on
Ciena’s OP^n architecture, the 100G network will bring massive capacity
increases to a route that connects Egypt and Jordan to satisfy customer demand
for high-bandwidth services, while using its existing fiber infrastructure to
support growing bandwidth requirements.

As part of the network upgrade, Reliance Globalcom will deploy a 100G DWDM
system with Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform equipped with WaveLogic^™
coherent optical line interfaces. Using principles of Ciena’s OP^n network
architecture, the upgrade will allow Reliance Globalcom to support the surge
of high-bandwidth applications such as cloud computing, video conferencing,
business continuity/disaster recovery, data center connectivity, and storage
area networking, in addition to ever increasing Internet traffic.

The network upgrade with 100G technology allows Reliance Globalcom to increase
submarine bandwidth on this segment by 10 times, and enables the launch of
10GE and OTU-2 services. The upgrade also enables Reliance Globalcom to
provide 100GbE for their end customers as required.

Ciena is also providing Reliance Globalcom with its advanced network
management solution for streamlined service activation, robust fault
management and comprehensive performance monitoring. Additionally, the
deployment includes a wide range of professional services for this deployment
via Ciena’s Specialist Services portfolio, including engineering, furnishing
and installation (EF&I).

“Ciena’s proven coherent optical technology gives us the ability to upgrade
our existing submarine networks from 10G to 40G and 100G rates, and beyond, so
that we can keep pace with our customers’ changing bandwidth requirements
while leveraging our investments in fibre assets. We are already using Ciena
coherent solutions to deliver 40G services on multiple, critical submarine
routes, so when we decided to upgrade our FEA route to 100G, we knew Ciena was
the right choice to help strengthen our leadership position and differentiate
our network capabilities,” said Punit Garg, President and CEO, Reliance
Globalcom.

“Ciena’s submarine network solutions are designed to fit into existing wet
plants to significantly increase submarine network capacity without disrupting
existing customer traffic or adding cost and complexity to the network. Our
solutions are ideally suited for large submarine networks like Reliance
Globalcom that play an important role in ensuring continuous global broadband
connectivity, and thus cannot afford downtime for network build-out and
service turn-up,” said Anthony McLachlan, Vice President and General Manager,
Asia Pacific, Ciena.

This deployment builds on a long-standing relationship between Ciena and
Reliance Globalcom and its parent company Reliance Communications. Earlier
this year, Reliance announced it is using Ciena’s 100G solutions to power its
European network. In 2011, the companies announced two 40G deployments on the
Reliance Globalcom network – one to support a 5,000 kilometer submarine link
along two key routes connecting Japan, Taiwan, South Korea and Hong Kong, and
the other to support a 6,400 kilometer ultra-long haul submarine link
connecting the UK, Spain, Italy and Egypt.

About Reliance Globalcom

Reliance Communications Limited founded by the late Shri Dhirubhai H Ambani
(1932-2002) is the flagship company of the Reliance Group. The Reliance Group
currently has a net worth in excess of Rs. 90,000 crore (US$ 17.7 billion),
cash flows of Rs. 8,000 crore (US$ 1.6 billion), net profit of Rs. 3,200 crore
(US$ 0.6 billion).

Reliance Communications is India's foremost and truly integrated
telecommunications service provider. The company with a customer base of about
150 million including over 2.5 million individual overseas retail customers,
ranks among the Top 4 Telecom companies in the world by number of customers in
a single country. Reliance Communications corporate clientele includes over
35,000 Indian and multinational corporations including small and medium
enterprises and over 800 global, regional and domestic carriers.

Reliance Communications has established a pan-India, next generation,
integrated (wireless and wireline), convergent (voice, data and video) digital
network that is capable of supporting best-of-class services spanning the
entire communications value chain, covering over 24,000 towns and 600,000
villages. Reliance Communications owns and operates the world's largest next
generation IP enabled connectivity infrastructure, comprising over 277,000
kilometers of fibre optic cable systems in India, USA, Europe, Middle East and
the Asia Pacific region.

To find out more, please visit www.relianceglobalcom.com

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 OP^n, 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. 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 September 5, 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.

Contact:

Ciena Corporation
Press Contact:
Jamie Moody, 877-857–7377
pr@ciena.com
or
Investor Contact:
Gregg Lampf, 888-243–6223
ir@ciena.com
or
Reliance Communications Ltd
Rohit Khanna, +91 9320499499
rohit.k.khanna@relianceada.com
or
Bratin Roy, +91 9324868621
bratin.roy@relianceada.com
 
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