PLDT Partners with Ciena for International Intelligent Optical Mesh Network

  PLDT Partners with Ciena for International Intelligent Optical Mesh Network

  Philippines' largest telecommunications provider enhances global points of
     presence with highly resilient multiservice networking capabilities

Business Wire

HANOVER, Md. & MANILA, Philippines -- July 11, 2013

Ciena^® Corporation (NASDAQ: CIEN), the network specialist, announced today
that PLDT, a leading telecoms provider in the Philippines, has deployed
Ciena’s 5410 Packet-Optical Reconfigurable Switch System (RSS) and OneConnect
Intelligent Control Plane software across its global network footprint. With
these Ciena platforms, both critical components of the company’s OP^n
architecture, PLDT will create a global mesh network that interconnects points
of presence worldwide into a highly resilient, intelligent mesh switching
network to provide greater network performance, efficiency and resiliency to
meet stringent Service Level Agreement (SLA) requirements.

“As the largest telecommunications provider in the Philippines and a rapidly
growing international carrier, it is critical that our infrastructure is
highly reliable and capable of delivering robust broadband service and
applications,” said Napoleon L. Nazareno, President and CEO, PLDT. “With the
implementation of Ciena’s intelligent optical mesh network solutions across
our international network, we are able to give our enterprise and wholesale
customers a variety of low-latency, high-capacity services with the utmost
assurance, putting us on par with large global carriers,” he adds.

“With our packet-optical technology and intelligent optical control plane
software, PLDT will be able to offer its customers high-availability,
high-capacity SONET/SDH, OTN and Ethernet dedicated services over a global
intelligent mesh network. Additionally, our control plane software allows
service providers like PLDT to fine tune their networks to be more intelligent
and to quickly respond to changing network demands – without manual
intervention,” said Anthony McLachlan, vice president and general manager,
Asia Pacific, Ciena.

To support PLDT’s network modernization effort, Ciena’s 5410 RSS will link
PLDT’s global points of presence to provide efficient aggregation, grooming
and intelligent switching of SONET/SDH, OTN and Ethernet services with
flexible tiered service-levels and differentiated service offerings. Customer
traffic traversing PLDT’s existing and future submarine capacity network will
be carried over a highly resilient mesh network design.

Ciena’s OneConnect technology will allow PLDT to quickly detect faults and
automatically switch data traffic to backup routes as needed in the event of a
network outage. This allows PLDT’s business customers to minimize the impact
of breakages due to cable cuts, earthquakes and network outages by staying
connected to their worldwide offices without any connectivity disruption, thus
providing PLDT a competitive edge in the enterprise services landscape.

Additionally, PLDT will leverage Ciena’s OneControl Unified Management System,
which provides comprehensive unified management, visualization and control of
the network. Ciena is also providing a range of professional services for this
deployment via Ciena’s Specialist Services portfolio, including installation,
commissioning and project management.

In July 2012, PLDTstarted to deployCiena’s industry-leading 6500
Packet-Optical PlatformwithWaveLogiccoherent optical technology, integrated
ROADM, andOTNswitching across its backbone Domestic Fiber Optic Network
(DFON) to deliver the country’s first network with 40G, 100G and OTN switching
capabilities. The 5410 RSS upgrade leverages Ciena's innovative GeoMesh
solutions, which allows PLDT toefficientlyconnect its submarine and
terrestrial networks into a single seamless network that is simpler, more
cost-effective and forecast-tolerant as market conditions continue to change.
PLDT’s new mesh network services are now commercially available and premium
clients are opting to migrate to the new highly resilient intelligent optical
mesh network.

About PLDT

Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) is the leading
telecommunications provider in the Philippines. Through its principal business
segments – fixed line, wireless, and others – PLDT offers the largest and most
diversified range of telecommunications services across the Philippines’ most
extensive fiber optic backbone and fixed line, wireless, broadband, and
satellite networks.

PLDT is listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE:TEL) and its American
Depositary Shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:PHI). PLDT
has one of the largest market capitalizations among Philippine-listed
companies. For more information, visitwww.pldt.com.ph.

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. Investors are encouraged to review the Investors section of our
website at www.ciena.com/investors, where we routinely post press releases,
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Contact:

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