Ciena Gets Piece of Comcast's MetroE

Comcast deploys Ciena for metro Ethernet services

June 20, 2011

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LINTHICUM, Md. -- Ciena® Corporation (NASDAQ: CIEN), the network specialist, today announced that its Carrier Ethernet Service Delivery (CESD) platforms are being deployed by Comcast as customer premise equipment for business services and wireless backhaul. Comcast’s recently announced Metro Ethernet services are now available in more than 20 major U.S. markets, with expansion into new markets planned in the months ahead.

As one of the nation’s leading providers of entertainment, information and communications products and services, Comcast offers a portfolio of Metro Ethernet services targeted at addressing the needs of larger businesses. Serving customers from an IP network featuring more than 147,000 miles of fiber optic cable, Comcast now offers companies with 20-500 employees, multiple sites and high-bandwidth needs Ethernet Private Line, Ethernet Virtual Private Line, Ethernet Network and Ethernet Dedicated Internet Access services. The services range from 1 Mbps to 10 Gbps and come with three different classes of service backed by service level agreements and continuous monitoring from Comcast’s dedicated NOCs.

“As a part of our MEF-certified, multi-vendor infrastructure for delivering Metro Ethernet services, Ciena provides flexible and reliable Ethernet access platforms so we can deploy quickly in a wide range of environments, whether a wiring closet in an office building, an outside wall of a school or at a cell site,” said Kevin O’Toole, senior vice president of product management and strategy, Comcast Business Services. “In addition, the ability to remotely increase a customer’s bandwidth via software without rolling a truck or manually touching the box simplifies our operations and improves the customer experience.”

Ciena Corp. (NYSE: CIEN)

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