CenturyLink Deploys Ciena 100G Packet Optical Technology Across Global Network

  CenturyLink Deploys Ciena 100G Packet Optical Technology Across Global

 Ciena’s solutions increase capacity and provide a scalable and programmable
OP^n network architecture optimized for delivering high performance consumer,
                enterprise, data center and wholesale services

Business Wire

HANOVER, Md. -- March 18, 2013

Ciena^® Corporation (NASDAQ: CIEN), the network specialist, today announced
that CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) recently utilized its converged packet
optical platform with WaveLogic coherent optical technology to modernize and
upgrade its network that spans more than 50 metropolitan locations across the
United States. This deployment allows CenturyLink to offer a better range of
high-speed services including 1GE, 10GE, 100GE and equivalent wavelengths to
businesses in the United States and in select international cities.

Key Facts:

  *CenturyLink is the third largest telecommunications company in the U.S.
    and provides data, voice and managed services to businesses and consumers
    in local, national and select international markets and is a global leader
    in cloud infrastructure and hosted IT services for enterprises.
  *CenturyLink is utilizing Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform featuring
    WaveLogic coherent optical technology to support its in-region and
    national metro networks, and has deployed 6500-based 100G networks in
    select international cities.
  *The 6500 platform will also offer integrated packet switching which gives
    CenturyLink agility in the delivery of groomed Ethernet services to its
    enterprise customers.
  *CenturyLink is a Diamond partner in Ciena’s BizConnect partner program.

Executive Quotes:

  *“CenturyLink understands the increasing need for scalability, capacity and
    high-speed network services for today’s business requirements. Ciena’s
    converged packet and coherent optical technology allows us to provide
    speed and capacity improvements to our international and domestic regional
    networks, creating a true, end-to-end 100G network to deliver today’s
    bandwidth-intensive services and applications.”
    - Pieter Poll, senior vice president of national and international network
    planning, engineering and construction, CenturyLink

  *“Given CenturyLink’s position as a leader in business connectivity, cloud
    infrastructure and data center services, the deployment of our converged
    packet optical platform with 100G WaveLogic coherent optical processing,
    integrated packet switching and specialist services provides CenturyLink
    with a cost-optimized, programmable network. Additionally, we’re enabling
    CenturyLink to more efficiently scale and packetize its network to support
    the massive flood of traffic expected from cloud computing, video and
    other bandwidth hungry services.”
    - Philippe Morin, senior vice president, global field organization, Ciena

Technology Leadership:

  *Architected for network modernization, Ciena’s 6500 converges
    comprehensive Ethernet, TDM, and WDM capabilities into one platform to
    support cost-effective delivery of emerging and existing services—from the
    access edge to the backbone core.
  *Ciena is the pioneer and market leader of coherent optical technology with
    more than 20,000 coherent 40G/100G line interfaces shipped to over 100
    customers across the globe, for a total deployment of more than 20 million
    coherent kilometers.
  *Ciena’s converged packet optical with WaveLogic coherent optical
    technology gives service providers significant bandwidth scalability,
    reliability and network intelligence – all key building blocks of an OP^n
    network architecture.

Supporting Resources:

  *Coherent Application Note: Coherent Optical Processing for High-Capacity
  *Data Sheet: 6500 Packet-Optical Platform
  *Ciena Insights: Ciena Honors Top BizConnect Channel Partners
  *White Paper: The Case for Network Modernization
  *White Paper: OP^n Network Architecture

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 delivering 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
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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 March 13, 2013. Forward-looking
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Press Contacts:
Ciena Corporation
Jamie Moody, +1 214-995-8035
Stephanie Meisse, 419-755-8433
Investor Contact:
Ciena Corporation
Gregg Lampf, +1 410-694-5700
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