RASCOM and Ciena Light First 100G Link from Russia to Western Europe

  RASCOM and Ciena Light First 100G Link from Russia to Western Europe

      8,600 km long network supports international low-latency and 100GE
                            connectivity services

Business Wire

HANOVER, Md. & MOSCOW -- May 21, 2013

Ciena^® Corporation (NASDAQ: CIEN), the network specialist, today announced
that the Russian carrier RASCOM is deploying its 6500 Packet-Optical Platform
to support the 100G upgrade and network expansion of a route connecting Russia
to Western Europe. This critical international network provides RASCOM’s
wholesale and enterprise customers with a fully redundant ring architecture
supporting cross-border traffic and the region’s first 100GE services.

Key Facts:

  *RASCOM is a leading telecommunications operator targeting service
    providers and large enterprises with a private 8,600 km next-generation
    international network covering key geographical areas for cross-border
    traffic. The recently expanded international network is based on Ciena’s
    6500 Packet-Optical Platform and includes WaveLogic 3 coherent processors.
    It connects Moscow in Russia to Western Europe through St. Petersburg and
    the Nordic countries and is fully redundant, including a ring topology
    linking the cities of Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Copenhagen.
  *The network is believed to be the first 100G route connecting Russia to
    Western Europe and provides carrier and enterprise customers with
    low-latency connectivity and the region’s first international 100GE
  *The Ciena-based infrastructure supports up to 8.8 Tb/s of traffic and
    enables RASCOM to run 10, 40, and 100G wavelengths simultaneously and
    easily scale (sections of) the network to 100G and beyond to support new
    services and increasing customer demand.
  *Ciena’s Common Photonic Layer supports ROADM functionality in RASCOM’s
    entire network, which covers a very large and diverse geography, including
    taxing terrain and underwater links. That means wavelength add/drops can
    be remotely configured at any node point in the network - providing system
    simplicity and full agility for the addition and routing of new services.

Executive Quotes:

  *“RASCOM’s extensive network covers the international routes demanded by
    Russian carriers and connects with key traffic exchange points in Russia
    and Western Europe. Our long-haul connectivity offerings are in high
    demand, putting pressure on RASCOM’s infrastructure as capacity
    requirements grow exponentially. That’s why we decided to scale the
    capacity on the network to 100G, which was successfully completed in
    April.RASCOM selected Ciena’s technology due to its flexibility and
    scalability, and the recent 100G upgrade confirms again that we have made
    the right choice. We increased the network’s capacity by a factor of 2.5
    without any interruption to existing services, allowing RASCOM to continue
    to meet our customers' changing bandwidth requirements.”
    -Vitaly Kireyev, general director, RASCOM

  *“Ciena’s WaveLogic 3 coherent technology enables RASCOM to rapidly respond
    to new service demands and differentiate from the competition with faster
    service turn-up, higher speeds and lower latency. The vast distances
    covered by its international network demonstrate the value of Ciena’s
    coherent technology, which allows the cost-effective deployment of
    ultra-long-haul distances without costly regeneration.”
    -Sergei Fishkin, managing director Russia, CIS and Baltics, Ciena

Technology Leadership:

  *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 technology with WaveLogic 3 Coherent
    Optical Processors 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
  *Video: Coherent Optical Processing
  *Data Sheet: 6500 Packet-Optical Platform
  *White Paper: OP^n Network Architecture


ZAO Rascom is the leading provider of international bandwidth services to
carriers and owns telecommunications infrastructure for the route Moscow – St
Petersburg – Helsinki – Stockholm – Frankfurt – Amsterdam. The company offers
wholesale communications services and Internet access as well as various
integrated solutions in Moscow, St Petersburg, Tver, Novgorod and other cities
in central and north-western regions of Russia.

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
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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
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Ciena Corporation
Press Contact:
Paula Muezerie
+44 20 7012 5640
Investor Contact:
Gregg Lampf
+1 410-694-5700
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