Farice Upgrades the FARICE-1 Submarine Cable Network with Ciena GeoMesh

  Farice Upgrades the FARICE-1 Submarine Cable Network with Ciena GeoMesh

New scalable, programmable 100G network expands capacity to support Iceland’s
                      growing green data center industry

Business Wire

HANOVER, Md. -- September 10, 2013

Ciena^® Corporation (NASDAQ: CIEN), the network specialist, today announced
that Farice, the main provider of international capacity from Iceland to
mainland Europe, has deployed Ciena’s 100G coherent optical transport
technology to upgrade its submarine cable system that connects Iceland and
Scotland. With Ciena’s converged packet optical and GeoMesh solutions, Farice
will be able to satisfy the growing and unpredictable bandwidth demands of
both its traditional telecommunications carrier customers, as well as the
rapidly growing Icelandic data center industry being driven by Iceland’s low
cost and green energy sources.

Key Facts:

  *Farice operates submarine cables between Iceland and both Scotland and
    Denmark. The company is the main provider of wholesale capacity in and out
    of Iceland and operates a city-to-city network in five European countries.
    The network is optimized for delivery of wholesale capacity to service
    providers, content providers, cloud service providers, and data center
    customers.
  *Farice selected Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform, powered by 100G
    WaveLogic 3 Coherent Optical Processors, and GeoMesh optical bypass for
    deployment on its 1,200 km submarine cable system, FARICE-1, and almost
    800 km of terrestrial backhaul network where Ciena is the alien
    wavelength. This will provide high-bandwidth connectivity between
    Reykjavik and Keflavik, Iceland to Dunnet Bay, Scotland. It will also
    enable Farice to provide high-speed, reliable and flexible on-demand
    service delivery.
  *Ciena’s GeoMesh solution incorporates an all-optical network design to
    connect submarine and terrestrial segments into a single seamless link,
    with high-capacity optical signals carried as foreign wavelengths over the
    existing terrestrial backhaul network, reducing capital and operational
    expenses – savings that allow Farice to offer its customers higher
    capacity at more competitive prices. By allowing Farice to use the same
    technologies over land and undersea, it can efficiently interconnect its
    points of presence and service switching centers, with end-to-end service
    provisioning to make the global network operate as a single, unified
    network.
  *Additionally, GeoMesh’s simplified all-optical design delivers lower power
    consumption, therefore supporting Iceland’s green data center goals, while
    also supporting lower latency to improve connectivity between Iceland’s
    data centers and the rest of the world.
  *Farice will also leverage Ciena’s advanced management solution for
    simplified low-touch service activation, which provides rapid service
    delivery, comprehensive service visualization and network monitoring.
  *This deployment builds on an earlier agreement between the two companies
    to enhance Farice’s submarine cable system DANICE, which connects Iceland
    with Denmark. The DANICE upgrade was completed in January 2013.

Executive Comments:

  *“To serve the needs of our growing data center and traditional
    telecommunications customers, we need to be able to offer maximum
    bandwidth, lower latencies and seamless scalability, while maintaining our
    higher uptimes. After extensive lab and field testing, it was clear that
    Ciena’s coherent optical technology and GeoMesh solution is the best
    option to meet our requirements because we can leverage our existing
    assets.”
    - Örn Orrason, vice president of sales and business development at Farice

  *“Ciena’s 100G-based GeoMesh solution allows Farice to create a seamless
    network of terrestrial and submarine links that is more responsive,
    resilient and scalable, with less incurred network latency. In addition,
    by applying Ciena’s OP^n architecture approach, we are showing how network
    operators can enjoy the benefits of a flexible network that has the
    ability to automatically adapt to changing conditions, making it possible
    to safely and easily add 100G services to its existing cables.”
    - Ed McCormack, vice president and general manager, Submarine Systems at
    Ciena

Ciena at Submarine Networks World:

  *Ciena is exhibiting at Submarine Networks World 2013 in Singapore this
    week in booth A7. Karl Horne, Ciena’s chief technology officer for the
    Asia Pacific region, will give a presentation on “Global Network Evolution
    from Land to Sea” on Wednesday, September 11 at 1:40 p.m. Horne will also
    participate in a panel entitled “100G Technology, What’s Next” on
    Thursday, September 12 at 9:20 a.m.

Technology Background:

  *Ciena's latest generation of WaveLogic Coherent Optical Processors allow
    network operators to maximize reach, capacity, flexibility, and
    reliability of their submarine networks with an operational focus on
    ease-of-deployment, cost efficiency, and protection of network
    investments. WaveLogic leverages industry-leading optical networking
    technology advancements that together offer network operators several key
    benefits, over and above simply moving to 100G line rates.
  *Ciena’s OP^n network architecture for building next-gen networks combines
    optical and packet networking with software programmability and open
    interfaces.
  *Ciena is the pioneer and market leader of coherent optical technology with
    27,000 coherent 40G/100G line interfaces shipped to over 150 customers
    across the globe, with more than 25 million coherent kilometers deployed.

Supporting Resources:

  *Application Note: Enabling a Bigger and Smarter Network with Ciena's
    WaveLogic 3
  *Product Overview: 6500 Packet-Optical Platform
  *White Paper:GeoMesh: Uniting Submarine and Terrestrial Networks
  *White Paper: GeoMesh Integrated Test Set Capabilities
  *Video: Take-10 GeoMesh Overview

About Farice

Farice operates a city to city network in five European countries. The network
is optimized for delivery wholesale capacity to service providers, content
providers, cloud service providers and data center customers. Further
information about Farice and its services can be found by visiting
www.farice.is.

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
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