Cablevision Argentina Upgrades National Network with Ciena

  Cablevision Argentina Upgrades National Network with Ciena

 High-capacity, adaptable network delivers increased capacity and flexibility
                    for cable, Internet and video services

Business Wire

HANOVER, Md. -- October 22, 2013

Ciena^®Corporation (NASDAQ: CIEN), the network specialist, today announced
that Cablevision Argentina, one of the largest Cable TV and Internet service
providers in Argentina, is deploying Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform to
upgrade its inter-urban broadband backbone across Argentina. The network
enhancements will enable Cablevision Argentina to provide high-speed Internet
service, expanded cable offerings and uncompressed HD video transport to its
growing subscriber base.

Key Facts:

  *Cablevision Argentina is deploying the 6500 Packet-Optical Platform, a
    critical component of Ciena’s OP^n architecture, to upgrade its network to
    a ROADM-based 100G agile optical foundation. The deployment will provide
    the flexibility needed to re-route wavelengths across the network, reduce
    latency and help the provider efficiently connect regional nodes across
    long distances. This network upgrade involves 30 nodes across Cablevision
    Argentina’s footprint, upgrading connections from Buenos Aires to other
    regional centers.
  *Ciena’s 6500 will deliver Cablevision Argentina immediate bandwidth gains,
    ensuring that it has the capacity to quickly and reliably deliver a mix of
    new and existing services and protocols—including OTN, SDH and Ethernet—at
    speeds of 1G to 10G, 100G, and beyond. This upgrade is adding new capacity
    over existing infrastructure, ensuring that Cablevision Argentina can
    maximize the value of its assets.
  *Cablevision Argentina will also benefit from new packet networking
    capabilities on the 6500, which will give the option to integrate packet
    switching and traffic management alongside OTN transport to
    cost-effectively address surging demand for Ethernet services and
    connectivity. Designed for easy customization, the packet networking
    functions on the 6500 will also give Cablevision Argentina the ability to
    dial packet services up or down depending on customer demand.
  *Ciena’s OneControl Unified Management System will provide point-and-click
    service provisioning for faster service turn-up and end-to-end visibility
    to ensure that Cablevision Argentina can effectively meet all end-customer
    service level agreements (SLAs). The advanced management software also
    improves troubleshooting in the event of a network outage or alarm.
  *A team of in-region experts from Ciena is supporting this upgrade from
    start to finish. Ciena offers a full range of professional services via
    its Ciena Specialist Services portfolio, including network management,
    migration and maintenance.

Executive Comments:

  *“Ciena’s solution gives us the flexibility to gradually scale our network
    and expand capacity across a huge geography. This will allow us to offer
    high-speed Internet, cable and business services to our growing customer
    base. Moving forward, Ciena’s 6500 will help us reduce the complexity of
    transporting and managing our optical infrastructure.”
    -Guillermo Fiorenza, head of transport network architecture at
    Cablevision Argentina

  *“Our packet optical portfolio allows carriers like Cablevision Argentina
    to not only scale networks gradually to meet subscriber demands, but also
    to address the growing demand for Ethernet services and connectivity with
    integrated packet switching capabilities. Building on our long-standing
    relationship with Cablevision Argentina, we look forward to supporting
    this next phase of their network modernization efforts and making them
    even more competitive in the marketplace.”
    -Fabio Medina, vice president of sales and general manager, Latin
    America at Ciena

Technology Background:

  *OP^n is Ciena’s approach for building open, programmable next-generation
    networks that scale and automatically adapt to satisfy subscriber’s
    demands for high-bandwidth services like HD video, cloud computing and
    mobile broadband.
  *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.

Ciena at Futurecom 2013:

  *Ciena is showcasing its converged packet optical and packet networking
    portfolios at Futurecom (booth B 14) October 21-24 in Rio de Janeiro,
    Brazil. Steve Alexander, senior vice president and CTO is speaking the
    panel: “Technology Trends Driving the Future of Society” on Tuesday,
    October 22 at 2:40 pm. John Hawkins, advisor, product & technology
    marketing and Patricia Vello, senior sales director will participate in
    the breakout session: “Network Service Opportunities in the New Cloud
    World” on October 23 at 2:40 pm.

Supporting Resources:

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

About Cablevision Argentina

Cablevisión is one of the largest Cable TV and Internet service providers in
Argentina. It began its operations in 1981. With more than 3,500,000
customers, it provides pay TV services in 12 provinces (Buenos Aires, La
Pampa, Santa Fe, Córdoba, Neuquén, Río Negro, Entre Ríos, Corrientes,
Misiones, Chaco, Formosa and Salta), as well as in Buenos Aires city and
Uruguay. The company offers a basic programming service which includes 75
channels and a Digital Pack with an on-screen interactive guide, more than 40
different channels which are added to the current ones and 50 channels of the
most varied music. Cablevisión also incorporated High Definition Service, with
30 HD channels and PPV Service (Pay Per View). In 2012,Cablevisión launched
On Demand, a service that allows customers to access content at the decided
time, through the remote control. In September 1997, Cablevisión launched
Fibertel, its internet service provider. Fibertel has 1,500,000 customers and
offers3, 6, 12 y 30 Mbps services.

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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