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October 06, 2015 11:42 PM ET

Communications Equipment

Company Overview of Ciena Corporation

Company Overview

Ciena Corporation provides equipment, software, and services that support the transport, switching, aggregation, service delivery, and management of voice, video, and data traffic on communications networks worldwide. The company’s Converged Packet Optical segment offers networking solutions optimized for the convergence of coherent optical transport, OTN switching, and packet switching. Its products comprise the 6500 Packet-Optical Platform, 5430 Reconfigurable Switching System, CoreDirector Multiservice Optical Switches, and OTN configuration for the 5410 Reconfigurable Switching System. This segment also sells operating system software and enhanced software features embedded in each of th...

7035 Ridge Road

Hanover, MD 21076

United States

Founded in 1992

5,196 Employees





Key Executives for Ciena Corporation

Chief Executive Officer, President and Director
Age: 54
Total Annual Compensation: $788.1K
Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Finance
Age: 64
Total Annual Compensation: $450.6K
Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales & Field Operations
Age: 49
Total Annual Compensation: $463.7K
Senior Vice President of Global Products Group
Age: 44
Total Annual Compensation: $420.5K
Chief Technology Officer, Senior Vice President and Member of Technology Advisory Council
Age: 56
Total Annual Compensation: $400.5K
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

Ciena Corporation Key Developments

Ciena Unveils Stackable Long-Haul DCI System with Enhancements to Waveserver

Ciena has extended the value and benefits of its Waveserver data center interconnect (DCI) platform into long-haul applications with a richer set of reach and capacity options. The stackable DCI system for any distance, Waveserver leverages Ciena’s WaveLogic 3 Extreme chipset to maximize transport capacity on the fly and meet surging demand for cloud and content-on-demand requirements. The new technology inside Waveserver can equip today’s networks to provide 200 Gb/s wavelengths at greater than 1,000 km distances and 100 Gb/s wavelengths in excess of 10,000 km. The web-scale effect is driving network providers to invest heavily in interconnecting data centers not only within metropolitan areas, but across long distances between cities as well. According to Ovum’s global long-haul network DCI forecast, the market is growing at 7% CAGR and is expected to reach $1.5 billion by 2019. Waveserver’s new long-haul capabilities allow Ciena customers to build long-haul DCI networks with a web-scale operational paradigm. Waveserver is in customer trials and will be generally available in October 2015. Long-haul optics capabilities on the platform are expected to be available in the first quarter of 2016. Key Facts: Waveserver brings an open, programmable and scalable approach to “any-haul’ networks, leveraging Ciena’s intelligent software and analytics tools to allow network providers to read system data in real-time and determine how bandwidth can be maximized. Waveserver easily integrates into data center environments, because it takes an open standards approach to software APIs and interoperates with third-party line systems, helping data center operators and network providers get the most out of existing assets. The platform supports 400G in one rack unit with 16QAM now for extended distances with flexible modulation formats available, including QPSK and now, the latest 8QAM capability available via WaveLogic 3 Extreme, for the longest hauls needed. Powered by Ciena’s WaveLogic 3 Extreme chipset, Waveserver enables real-time monitoring of network parameters, best-in-class soft-decision forward error correction, signal shaping and recovery techniques to overcome distance challenges when operating across long spans and ROADM sites. With a view into margin levels, channel counts, and grid utilization, Waveserver will have the ability to determine if capacity can be maximized by changing modulation formats and dynamically assigning 100G, 150G and 200G wavelengths on flexible grid networks. This will give network operators the option to automatically gain more capacity while leveraging existing network assets. These enhancements further cement Ciena’s established DCI market leadership based revenues from Ovum’s last published market share analysis. As the pioneer in coherent technology for commercial optical systems, Ciena has deployed more than 70 million coherent kilometers across the world, the equivalent to more than 90 round trips to the moon.

Gulf Bridge International Signs Agreement with Ciena for Deploying Converged Packet-Optical Networking System

Gulf Bridge International (GBI) has entered into an agreement with Ciena for installing its Converged Packet-Optical Networking systems. Ciena's technology deployment will bolster GBI's portfolio of enterprise and wholesale Ethernet services, and will allow network flexibility and scalability. The deployment of upgrades of 100G and 200G wavelengths on GBI's submarine segments would be the first deployment of such technology in the region. This will boost GBI's network capacity twenty-fold. Through this capacity enhancement, GBI will be able to provide differentiated, premium business and wholesale services across the region, connecting the world to the Middle East. Ciena's 6500 Packet-Optical platform is supplied with the new WaveLogic 3 Extreme chipset, integrated with GeoMesh submarine technology and E-Suite integrated packet switching. This will add more intelligence to the GBI network, along with enhanced ease of operations, maintenance and expansion, including an option to perform upgrades.

Ciena Appoints François Locoh-Donou as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Effective November 1, 2015

Ciena announced that François Locoh-Donou has been appointed as senior vice president and chief operating officer, effective November 1, 2015, reporting directly to President and CEO Gary B. Smith. Locoh-Donou has served as senior vice president of Ciena’s Global Products Group since August 2011. In this new position, Locoh-Donou will assume responsibility for Ciena’s Global Field Organization, including the global sales and services functions, while retaining his existing responsibility for research and development, product line management, supply chain and network integration functions. Prior to his current role, Locoh-Donou served as Ciena’s vice president and general manager, EMEA, from June 2005 to August 2011, with responsibility for growing Ciena’s business in that region.

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