Retelit Deploys High-Performance Network in Italy with Ciena

  Retelit Deploys High-Performance Network in Italy with Ciena

Creates scalable, flexible 100G and OTN powered network to meet customer needs
for high-capacity, low-latency services

Business Wire

MILAN & HANOVER, Md. -- August 29, 2013

Ciena® Corporation (NASDAQ: CIEN), the network specialist, and Retelit Spa, a
leading Italian provider of data services and infrastructure, have announced
the deployment of Ciena’s converged packet optical solutions to modernize
Retelit’s network and improve efficiency, latency and scalability. By
deploying this high-performance, low-latency network in its backbone and
throughout metropolitan locations, Retelit can offer a range of new services
and support key applications like high-frequency trading, e-healthcare and
replication of real-time data.

With high-performance capacity scalable to 100G per wavelength serving heavily
utilized backbone routes and eight metropolitan networks in major Italian
cities, Retelit can provide its wholesale, enterprise and public sector
customers with the increased network capacity and flexibility needed to meet
subscribers’ needs. The initial phase of the project, upgrading the backbone
from Milan to Rome, is expected to be implemented by the end of October; the
remaining network upgrades will be completed in future phases.

Powered by Ciena’s industry-leading 6500 Packet-Optical Platform, equipped
with third generation WaveLogic Coherent Optical Processors and the unique
feature of integrated packet switching and traffic management alongside
Optical Transport Network (OTN) transport solutions, Retelit will be able to
tailor service level agreements to meet each customer’s specific requirements.
With the improved efficiencies of the new network, Retelit will be able to
expand to reach more customers, and offer data transport speeds up to 10 times
faster than what is available on the network today.

Additionally, Ciena’s One Control Unified Management System will provide
comprehensive unified management, visualization and end-to-end control of the
network. This will allow Retelit to rapidly deploy new service offerings, and
coordinate across network protocol layers to ensure efficient use of critical
network assets and bandwidth optimization.

“Ciena’s converged packet optical solutions will enable us to reduce the
complexities in our network, while exponentially increasing the capacity to
meet the growing market demand caused by the dramatically rising use of
high-capacity broadband services and technologies. We selected Ciena because
of its proven track record and expertise in equipping service providers to
modernize their networks and accommodate user’s demands for high-bandwidth
services and applications like high-frequency trading and e-healthcare
applications,” states Enrico Mondo, General Manager at Retelit.

“Demand for bandwidth is continuing to increase at a rapid pace, and service
providers need a flexible, scalable infrastructure in place to help their
customers meet this demand. We are very pleased to be working with Retelit to
deploy our OP^n architecture and industry-leading packet-optical solutions to
modernize its network to not only meet current and future capacity demands,
but also provide customers with a low-latency network for mission-critical,
time-sensitive data transmission,” said Virginie Hollebecque, Regional
Managing Director, South Europe, Mediterranean Countries and Africa at Ciena.

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
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About Retelit

With over 7,600 kilometres of fibre optics, 8 Metropolitan Networks and 18
Data Centers, Retelit is one of the leading Italian providers of data services
and infrastructure for the telecommunications market. From 2011, Retelit has
extended its services into complementary markets, such as ICT, thanks to the
more than 16,000 square metres it has equipped to house cloud computing
solutions. The Group holds the frequency usage rights for the 3.5 GHz
frequency in central-northern Italy, in the WiMAX services' sector. Since 2000
Retelit has been listed on the electronic share market (MTA) of the Milan
Stock Exchange.

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 June 12, 2013. Forward-looking
statements include statements regarding Ciena's expectations, beliefs,
intentions or strategies regarding the future and can be identified by
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"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:

Investor Relations
Ciena Corporation
Gregg Lampf, +1 410-694–5700
ir@ciena.com
or
Media Relations
Ciena Corporation
Kacie Levy, +1 410-694-5700
klevy@ciena.com
or
Retelit
Investor Relations
Ivano Barzago
Tel. 022020451
inv.relations@retelit.it
or
Media Relations
Valeria Penati - Key4media
Tel. 02 430019156
Cell. 335 7746127
v.penati@key4media.it