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Ciena Corporation


Ciena Corporation

Ciena Corporation
Traded as CIEN
Industry Telecommunications equipment
Founded 1992
Headquarters Hanover, Maryland, United States
Key people Patrick Nettles
(Executive chairman)
Gary Smith
(President and CEO)
Products Networking systems and products
Revenue Increase$1.83 Billion Net income Decrease-$144 Million FY 2012)
Employees 4000

Ciena Corporation is a United States-based global supplier of telecommunications networking equipment, software and services that support the delivery and transport of voice, video and data services. Its products are used in telecommunications networks operated by telecommunications service providers, cable operators, governments and enterprises.[1] The company was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in Hanover, Maryland.[2]

Ciena sells products and services across four segments: Converged Packet Optical, Packet Networking, Optical Transport, and Software & Services.[3] Ciena’s product portfolio consists of Packet-Optical Transport, Packet-Optical Switching and Carrier Ethernet Solutions products. Key current platforms include the 6500 Packet-Optical Platform, 5430 Reconfigurable Switching System, CoreDirector Multiservice Optical Switch, 3000 family of service delivery switches, and the 4200 Advanced Services Platform. It also offers the Ciena One integrated network and service management software suite, consulting and support services, deployment services, maintenance and support services, spares and logistics management.[4]


In March 2010, Ciena completed the acquisition of Nortel's Metro Ethernet Networks (MEN) division for $773.8 million after bidding against Nokia Siemens Networks and winning the auction. The company inherited transport and switch products including the Ciena Optical Multiservice Edge 6500 (OME 6500), Optical Metro 5000 (OM 5000), Common Photonic Layer (CPL), Metro Ethernet Routing Switch 8600 (MERS 8600) and Nortel's coherent 40G/100G Adaptive Optical Engine with Dual Polarization Quadrature Phase Shift Keying (DP-QPSK) modulation.

In 2008 Ciena acquired World Wide Packets that developed carrier Ethernet technology.[5]

In 2004, Ciena acquired Internet Photonics and Catena Networks.[6]

Ciena acquired Akara in 2003 which created disaster recovery technology that lets enterprises send data across telco networks for safe keeping.[7] Also in 2003 Ciena acquired WaveSmith Networks Inc.[8]

In 2002, Ciena acquired San Jose, California-based ONI Systems Corporation for $900 million.[9]

In the 1990s Ciena made a variety of acquisitions that included Omnia Communications Inc, Lightera Networks,[10] Terabit Technology Inc.,[11] ATI Telecom International Ltd.,[12] and AstraCom.


External links

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