In September outstanding shares will double to more than 283 million.

August 15, 2000

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LINTHICUM, Md. -- CIENA Corporation announced today that its Board of Directors has approved and declared a two-for-one stock split of the Company's common shares. Shareholders of record at the close of business on August 28, 2000 will receive a distribution of one new share for each share held. The distribution date for the split, being effected by way of a stock dividend, is September 18, 2000.

"CIENA continues to demonstrate its leadership in intelligent optical networking," said Patrick Nettles, CIENA's president and chief executive officer. "With six consecutive quarters of revenue growth and a share price which has increased more than four-fold in a year, a stock split will allow a broader base of investors to participate in this strong business momentum."

As of July 31, 2000, CIENA had 141,907,933 common shares outstanding. Upon completion of the split, the number will increase to 283,815,866 common shares outstanding.

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