Fibertech Introduces Metro 100G Ethernet Service to the Enterprise using Ciena

  Fibertech Introduces Metro 100G Ethernet Service to the Enterprise using

Scalable and programmable OP^n network architecture helps to cost-effectively
                       deliver broadband to the desktop

Business Wire

HANOVER, Md. -- September 17, 2013

Ciena® Corporation (NASDAQ:CIEN), the network specialist, announced today that
Fibertech Networks, a provider of metro-based fiber optic network services to
customers in the eastern and central United States, has deployed Ciena’s 6500
Packet-Optical Platform and Service Delivery Switches. This has allowed
Fibertech to provide high-capacity 100GbE Ethernet-based services and
applications to service provider customers, large enterprises, and facilities
in the higher education, healthcare, and government verticals.

Key Facts:

  *Fibertech Networks, a leading provider in fiber-optic based network
    services, has built metro-area fiber networks in 29 mid-size markets in
    the Eastern and Central regions of the United States. The company
    currently owns and operates a fiber optic network of over 9,000 route
    miles and more than 8,000 on-net buildings.
  *With Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform powered by WaveLogic 3 Coherent
    Optical Processors, Fibertech has implemented 100G metro Ethernet services
    to the enterprise. This provides enterprises the necessary bandwidth to
    meet all of their critical business needs, including high-speed data
    center connectivity, digital media transmission and on-demand video
    retrieval, HD and 3D video for telemedicine/telesurgery applications and
    ultra-low latency networking solutions.
  *Fibertech is also leveraging Ciena’s OneControl Unified Management
    solution for comprehensive unified management, visualization and control
    of the network, as well as Ciena 3930 and 3916 Service Delivery Switches,
    which equip Fibertech to reliably scale its packet-based services.
  *In addition, as a Managed Service Provider within Ciena’s BizConnect
    partner program, Fibertech can leverage proven sales strategies and
    innovative marketing programs to introduce Ciena’s portfolio to
    enterprises and other prospects in the market.

Executive Comments:

  *“Providing this large amount of data to the end user demonstrates our
    ability to implement and support the ever-growing bandwidth needs of our
    customers. By deploying Ciena’s packet-optical and packet networking
    solutions we can continue to leverage our fiber infrastructure and expand
    out to cost-effectively reach more businesses.”

       *Earl Ipsaro, vice president of engineering at Fibertech

  *“We are seeing an increasing need for high-capacity, programmable networks
    to serve our joint customers. Network convergence and service velocity are
    also both top-of-mind. Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform and OneControl
    management solution, both key elements of our OP^nnetwork architecture
    approach, help Fibertech to unlock the full potential of its fiber assets.
    Additionally, our collaboration with Fibertech – also a BizConnect Partner
    – has resulted in a number of strategic enterprise and public sector wins,
    and the expanding addressable markets within these segments create
    opportunity for accelerated growth.”

       *Jason Phipps, general manager of global enterprise and government
         market verticals at Ciena

Technology Background:

  *Ciena is the pioneer and market leader of coherent optical technology with
    27,000 coherent 40G/100G line interfaces shipped to more than 150
    customers across the globe, with more than 25 million coherent kilometers
  *Ciena’s converged packet-optical solutions not only scale networks to 100G
    and beyond, but also offer integrated packet switching for efficient
    Ethernet aggregation and transport over an optical infrastructure to help
    operators quickly and cost-effectively manage the surging demand for
    Ethernet services connectivity – from the network access to the metro
    core. Ciena’s packet networking portfolio and OneControl Unified
    Management System enable rapid and efficient service turn-up, monitoring
    and troubleshooting across packet and optical domains.

Supporting Resources:

  *Application Note: Enabling a Bigger and Smarter Network with Ciena's
    WaveLogic 3
  *Product Overview: 6500 Packet-Optical Platform
  *Product Overview: OneControl Unified Management System

About Fibertech Networks

Headquartered in Rochester, N.Y., Fibertech Networks is a leader in providing
fiber-optic based network services throughout mid-size cities in the Eastern
and Central regions of the United States. Fibertech was founded in May of
2000, has built metro-area fiber networks in 29 mid-size markets in the
Eastern U.S., and is led by Court Square Capital Partners of New York, N.Y.
Further information about the company can be found at

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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