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Infonet Picks Ciena Solutions

Ciena's CoreDirector, MetroDirector K2 help global managed network service provider Infonet reduce network operating expenses

September 4, 2003

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LINTHICUM, Md. -- CIENA® Corporation (NASDAQ: CIEN) today announced that Infonet Services Corporation (NYSE: IN), a leading provider of global communications services for multinationals, has selected CIENA solutions for use on Infonet's wholly-owned The World Network®, accessible from more than 3,000 cities in 180 countries around the world. Specifically, Infonet has selected CIENA's CoreDirector® intelligent core switch and MetroDirector K2(tm) multiservice platform for deployment across multiple U.S. and European network sites.

Infonet's deployment plans call for more than 30 CoreDirector systems across the network, in addition to MetroDirector K2 switches in more than 40 cities. Deployment is already underway.

Infonet selected CIENA based on its experience with cost-effective, dynamic mesh networks, as well as the ability of CIENA's LightWorks(tm) solutions to enhance the efficiency of the existing global backbone and local metropolitan networks. In addition, CIENA's professional services offering met Infonet's criteria to manage the engineering and implementation of the solution.

"The economic benefits of CIENA's next-generation architecture support our objectives of increasing network efficiency and lowering overall costs while at the same time expanding our network reach into additional markets," said Paul Hibbert, chief technology officer at Infonet. "With intelligent mesh networking capabilities, the CIENA solution also provides a platform to migrate innovative service offerings to a dynamic next-generation architecture while leveraging our existing infrastructure."

Implementing an intelligent, mesh-based architecture will help Infonet migrate to a "self-aware" infrastructure with automated bandwidth provisioning and management across the network, while also providing extensive protection capabilities. CIENA's switching systems are designed to enable a unified and scalable network for delivering converged services to new and existing customers - without the high operational costs associated with managing a static, manual infrastructure.

"We are pleased to be working with Infonet to provide key portions of The World Network's infrastructure," said Gary Smith, president and CEO at CIENA. "The cost-saving automation enabled by CIENA's software-based networking solutions is optimal for Infonet's innovative approach to serving customers around the world."

Ciena Corp.

Infonet Services Corp.

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