Agreement with Beijing-based CEC-IDN Telecom covers manufacturing and R&D to tailor Ciena's ON-Center NMS Software to the China Market

February 20, 2002

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HONG KONG -- CIENA® Corporation (Nasdaq: CIEN), a global leader in intelligent optical networking systems and software, and CEC-IDN Telecom Limited ("CEC-IDN"), a provider of optical networking solutions to Chinese operators, today announced that they have signed a memorandum of understanding for collaboration on manufacturing, and research and development activities in China.CIENA and CEC-IDN intend to collaborate on the joint manufacture of CIENA's CoreDirector(tm) and MetroDirector K2(tm) products in the People's Republic of China (PRC). This manufacturing collaboration will first involve the MetroDirector K2 and will be carried out in a sequence of phases that ensure the highest standards of product quality and availability. CIENA and CEC-IDN also plan to jointly establish a software research and development center in Shanghai for the development of a single, integrated and localized Network Management System ("NMS") for the CIENA/CEC-IDN solution. The Center will focus on tailoring CIENA's ON-Center(tm) NMS software to meet the unique requirements of the PRC market, including the development of a Chinese-language graphical user interface (GUI) and the integration of CEC-IDN's existing access products. "This agreement underscores our long-term commitment to the China market," said Gary Smith, CIENA's president and chief executive officer. "We continue to view Asia, and China in particular, as a key region for future growth. Together with CEC-IDN, we expect to bring China's telecom operators the ability to migrate their networks from legacy systems to next-generation optical networks, ultimately reducing capital expenditures and generating additional streams of revenue." Ciena Corp.

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