Ciena Corporation (ticker: CIEN, exchange: NASDAQ Global Select Market (.O))
News Release -
Ciena CN 5060 Multiservice Carrier Ethernet Platform Achieves Certification from Metro Ethernet Forum for Carrier Ethernet Services
MEF 9 and MEF 14 Certifications Add to Industry-Leading
Reliability and Pseudowire Support for High-Performance Business
Services, Wireless Backhaul and Broadband Aggregation
LINTHICUM, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 19, 2008--Ciena(R)
Corporation (NASDAQ:CIEN), the network specialist, today announced the
CN 5060(TM) Multiservice Carrier Ethernet Platform has secured Carrier
Ethernet certification from the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF). A
cornerstone of Ciena's FlexSelect(TM) Architecture, the CN 5060 is an
element of the Company's strategy to cost-effectively transition metro
and edge aggregation networks to converged and optimized IP/Ethernet
service delivery infrastructures.
The MEF's Carrier Ethernet Certification Program is designed to
accelerate the rollout of Carrier Ethernet services by reducing the
time and cost of equipment testing, providing end users with
consistent, reliable services across service providers and network
equipment. Ciena's CN 5060 was tested by Iometrix in accordance with
its MEF-approved "Test Plan for Ethernet Services at the UNI,"
receiving MEF 9 Service and MEF 14 Traffic Management certification.
"As a Charter Member of the MEF, we share the belief that
certification enables our customers to accelerate decision-making and
deployment considerations for Carrier Ethernet networks and services,"
said Steve Alexander, CTO of Ciena. "Service flexibility, high
reliability and delivery cost reductions are critical requirements for
network operators in their quests to differentiate services. This MEF
certification enhances the CN 5060's ability for delivering those
requirements and furthers the platform's reputation for reliability
and pseudowire support for high-performance business services,
wireless backhaul and broadband aggregation."
Multiple products in Ciena's portfolio, including the CN 4200(R)
FlexSelect Advanced Services Platform and CN 3000(TM) Ethernet Access
Series, have achieved certified compliance to MEF specifications,
further supporting Ciena's commitment to standards-based Carrier
About the CN 5060 Multiservice Carrier Ethernet Platform
Based on Ciena's field-proven, carrier-class packet switching
technology, the CN 5060 is the first offering in the CN 5000(TM)
Packet Services Series, and key element of Ciena's FlexSelect
Architecture. The platform provides unparalleled reliability with up
to six-nines (99.9999 percent) availability to improve customer
satisfaction and deliver voice-grade performance in packet networks.
The CN 5060 delivers MEF-compliant services, Advanced Ethernet
Interworking for Layer 2 services, MPLS functionality and support for
TDM-over-packet capabilities, allowing service providers to deliver
any service over a performance-grade converged Ethernet
About The Metro Ethernet Forum
The MEF is a global industry alliance comprised of 140+
organizations including telecommunications service providers, cable
MSOs, network equipment/software manufacturers, semiconductors vendors
and testing organizations. The MEF's mission is to accelerate the
worldwide adoption of Carrier-class Ethernet networks and services.
The MEF develops Carrier Ethernet technical specifications and
implementation agreements to promote interoperability and deployment
of Carrier Ethernet worldwide.
For more information about the Forum, including a complete listing
of all current MEF members, please visit the MEF web site at
Ciena specializes in network transition. We provide the flexible
platforms, intelligent software and professional services to
build converged networks for enhanced services and applications. With
a growing global presence, Ciena leverages its heritage of practical
innovation to deliver maximum performance and economic value in
communications networks worldwide. For more information, visit
Note to Ciena Investors
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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-K, which Ciena
filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on December 27,
2007. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding Ciena's
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CONTACT: Ciena Corporation
Nicole Anderson, 410-694-5786
Suzanne DuLong, 888-243-6223
SOURCE: Ciena Corporation