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Interoute Grows With Ciena

LINTHICUM, Md. and LONDON -- Ciena® Corporation (NASDAQ: CIEN), the network specialist, today announced an expansion of its relationship with Interoute, owner of Europe's most advanced next-generation voice and data network, to upgrade and expand the operator's Eastern European network. The Ciena deployment will position Interoute as the first service provider to offer carrier-class 10-Gigabit wavelength and 10-Gigabit Ethernet services on-demand to enterprise customers in emerging European Union countries. The deployment has already commenced and is scheduled for completion in early 2007.

The upgrade includes Ciena's CoreStream® Agility Optical Transport System and ON-Center® Network and Service Management Suite to dramatically improve Interoute's cost of delivering voice, video and data services to its growing customer base across Central and Eastern Europe. With the unique ability to automate wavelength activation and select services on demand without the need for manual intervention via Ciena's FlexiPort technology, the CoreStream and ON-Center combination enables Interoute to more efficiently manage bandwidth, reduce provisioning times and accelerate service deployment to speed both time to market and revenue.

The rapidly growing Eastern European telecommunications market is predicted to reach $20.6 billion (USD) in fixed network service revenue by 20101, according to global IT research analyst firm Gartner. Interoute's pan-European next-generation network covers 35,000 kilometers, spanning 77 cities in 21 countries and includes every major European business center. Interoute's network is used by all major incumbents and governments around the world, as well as more than 14,000 corporate customers. In addition, more than EUR1 billion of e-commerce is handled by Interoute's data centers every day, making it a key part of Europe's digital supply chain. Interoute's network extends east to cover the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Romania. Bulgaria also was added this year, when Interoute acquired Bulgarian telecommunication company Telecom Partners Network (TPN) as part of its strategy of continued eastward expansion.

"Interoute is at the forefront of network innovation, and Ciena's optical transport and network management technology plays a critical part in enhancing our portfolio of services across the rapidly growing Eastern European market," said Matthew Finnie, Interoute's CTO. "Leveraging the flexibility of Ethernet and the reliability of SDH, we will be able to support the next generation of services while improving the efficiency of our existing offerings."

Finnie continued, "In places like Eastern Europe, our customer base is both dynamic and extremely sensitive to service impacts, so we looked to implement a flexible, carrier-class platform with a proven track record of next-generation service delivery and reliability. We found Ciena's CoreStream Agility platform - and FlexSelect Architecture - not only meets our needs today, but will allow us to adapt to the future needs of our customers and network."

Interoute Communications Ltd.

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