CIENA'S Lightworks Solutions to Support Qwest Communications' All-Optical Nationwide Network.Business Editors/Hi-Tech Writers
LINTHICUM, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 9, 2000
for CIENA LightWorks Optical Networking Communications between computers, telephones and other electronic devices using light. An optical network is far more reliable and has far greater potential transmission capacity than networking in the electrical domain. See optical fiber. Solutions
CIENA Corporation Ciena Corporation NASDAQ: CIEN develops and markets communications network platforms and software, and offers professional services. The Company's broadband access, data and optical networking platforms, software tools, and global network services support worldwide telecom (Nasdaq:CIEN CIEN Ciena Corporation (stock symbol) ) today announced that Qwest Communications, the broadband Internet See broadband. communications company Communications Company is a communications unit of the United States Marine Corps. They are part of Combat Logistics Regiment 37 , 3rd Marine Logistics Group (3MLG) and III Marine Expeditionary Force (III MEF). The unit is based out of the Marine Corps Base Camp Smedley D. , has signed a comprehensive supply agreement to purchase systems from the CIENA LightWorks(TM) suite of optical networking solutions. The multi-year agreement enables Qwest to purchase CIENA's MultiWave CoreStream(TM) and MultiWave Metro(TM) intelligent optical transport systems as well as CIENA's MultiWave CoreDirector(TM) intelligent optical core switch.
Qwest has satisfactorily tested, ordered and deployed CIENA's CoreStream solutions for long-haul optical transport in its core network and CIENA's Metro solutions for optical transport as part of its Qwest Link metropolitan network buildout The construction and implementation of a system. For example, "network buildout" implies constructing the network and going online. .
"We're turning to CIENA for a set of optical networking solutions that helps add strategic value to our broadband network and services," said Augie Cruciotti, senior vice president of Qwest Link. "As we build our local broadband access See broadband and wireless broadband. networks and the industry's first all-optical, coast-to-coast network, real-world solutions from industry innovators like CIENA will enable us to deliver the advanced optical services that give Qwest customers a competitive edge."
CIENA's LightWorks architecture is a comprehensive blueprint for building intelligent optical networks. It extends integrated capabilities in optical transport, core switching and multi-service access technologies through software-driven intelligence embedded throughout the optical layer. CIENA's recently unveiled LightWorks Toolkit(TM) leverages intellectual property in optics, software and ASICs (Application Specific Integrated Circuits Integrated circuits
Miniature electronic circuits produced within and upon a single semiconductor crystal, usually silicon. Integrated circuits range in complexity from simple logic circuits and amplifiers, about 1/20 in. (1. ) to enable carriers like Qwest to offer dynamic broadband services and handle real-time service provisioning and prioritization.
"The role of CIENA's LightWorks architecture is not only to supply network capacity, but more importantly, to build intelligence into the network to turn additional bandwidth into new revenue-producing services," said Gary Smith Gary Smith may refer to:
The officer of a firm responsible for day-to-day management, usually the president or an executive vice-president. . "LightWorks solutions offer Qwest important operational and economic advantages. With CIENA's full suite of intelligent optical products as part of its solution, Qwest will be able to deliver and manage the leading-edge broadband services that define its leadership in the marketplace."
Long-Haul Optical Transport
CIENA's MultiWave CoreStream intelligent optical transport systems will provide Qwest with an OC-192 (10Gbps) long-haul optical platform that offers built-in networking intelligence through CIENA's SmartSpan(TM) software for automatic provisioning See automated provisioning. . The scalability and density of the CoreStream system further Qwest's all-optical strategy by eliminating SONET/SDH equipment in the network core and by providing the market's highest capacity optical connections. In turn, the simplified intelligent network will also speed time-to-market for Qwest's broadband Internet applications and services by simplifying and automating bandwidth provisioning.
MultiWave Metro offers built-in carrier-class, ring-based protection with the ability to support SONET/SDH, IP, ATM, Gigabit Ethernet An Ethernet standard that transmits at 1 Gbps. Used mostly to connect high-end workstations and servers as well as for network backbones, Gigabit Ethernet transmits full duplex from point to point using switches and half duplex in a shared environment (CSMA/CD) using a hub. and private line high-bandwidth services. Utilizing all-optical protection and transport for metropolitan networks without any intervening SONET gear, MultiWave Metro is a key step in the migration to simpler, more cost-effective, end-to-end networks.
By bringing the scalability and survivability sur·viv·a·ble
1. Capable of surviving: survivable organisms in a hostile environment.
2. That can be survived: a survivable, but very serious, illness. of the optical layer to metropolitan networks, CIENA's MultiWave Metro supports delivery of Qwest's broadband access services. Metro's ability to drop any wavelength at any location enables the system to support a variety of virtual networks efficiently on a single fiber pair. Qwest is deploying CIENA's Metro solution as part of its local broadband access networks currently being built in 25 major metropolitan markets in the U.S.
Core Switching Features
CIENA's MultiWave CoreDirector is the industry's first intelligent optical core switch. CoreDirector's market-leading density, scalability, range of optical interfaces, and software-definable switching granularity, eliminate the need for additional SONET/SDH add/drop multiplexers, digital cross-connects, and optical cross-connects in next-generation network architectures. Embedded, distributed software serves as the intelligent optical network core enabling automated protection and restoration schemes and dynamic information exchange between networked CoreDirectors. In real time, each CoreDirector is able to evaluate the state of the network and select the best path for traffic to travel across the network to its destination.
CIENA Corporation's market-leading optical networking systems form the core for the new era of networks and services worldwide. CIENA's LightWorks(TM) architecture enables next-generation optical services and changes the fundamental economics of service-provider networks by simplifying the network and reducing the cost to operate it. Additional information about CIENA can be found at http://www.ciena.com.
NOTE TO INVESTORS
Forward-looking statements in this release, including, but not limited to, the expected sale and deployment of equipment in Qwest's network, the cost savings, deployment timing and network management benefits of the Company's products, are based on information available to the Company as of the date hereof. The Company's actual results could differ materially from those stated or implied in such forward-looking statements, due to risks and uncertainties associated with the Company's business, which include the risk factors disclosed in the Company's Report on Form 10-Q Form 10-Q
See 10-Q. filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 17, 2000.