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Monday, May 16, 2022

Romania's GTS Telecom taps Ciena for network upgrade

GTS Telecom, an information technology and communications service provider in Romania and member of Deutsche Telekom AG, will deploy Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platforms and flexible grid ROADMs tp upgrade its national network from 10G to 100G. GTS will use WaveLogic Encryption for customers in the public sector who require enhanced security. GTS is also leveraging Ciena Services for remote service migration and commissioning.

“It was vital to us that our customers could benefit from high-performance connectivity across the country, and Ciena made it possible for us to make good on this aim,” said Răzvan Stoica, Managing Director at GTS Telecom. “The network provides improved scalability, security, capacity and low latency to support the growing high-bandwidth requirements of our customers. It’s also a real benefit to be able to increase capacity quickly going forward, to meet future demands.”

Virginie Hollebecque, Vice President and Leader of EMEA at Ciena, added: “GTS Telecom is seeing exponential growth in the demand for capacity across Romania. We designed a network that allows GTS to meet customers’ immediate and future needs, while also enhancing performance and security to support an increasing number of customers and use cases.”

Tuesday, April 12, 2022 Denmark deploys Ciena's Waveserver Ai Denmark has selected Ciena’s Waveserver Ai platform to serve as the foundation for its WAN-ring, providing point-to-point metro data center interconnect (DCI) network service between sites.

Ciena’s Waveserver Ai platform delivers high capacity – up to 2.4 Tb/s in a single rack unit. 

“We needed a solution to extend the capabilities of our current dark fiber infrastructure. It needed to be powerful, easy to use, and extremely stable while also being ultra-efficient in terms of power and size,” said Michael Munk Lassen, Principal Systems Architect & Head of Technology, Infrastructure, 

“Ciena’s Waveserver Ai platform meets this need and enables us to create a simple point-to-point network between sites currently providing up to 8x100G on a single dark fiber which can be scaled further if needed.”

“Cloud and content providers across the globe are investing in their DCI capabilities to increase network efficiency, reduce energy consumption and enable highly resilient connectivity at the edge of their network,” said Jean David Fabre, Director, Datacenter Connectivity Solutions, Ciena. “Rolling out Ciena’s Waverserver Ai platform allows Denmark to provide cutting-edge services.”

Monday, March 7, 2022

Ciena reports revenue of $844M

Ciena reported revenue of $844.4 million for its first fiscal quarter ended January 29, 2022 as compared to $757.1 million for the fiscal first quarter 2021.

Ciena's GAAP net income for the fiscal first quarter 2022 was $45.8 million, or $0.29 per diluted common share, which compares to a GAAP net income of $55.3 million, or $0.35 per diluted common share, for the fiscal first quarter 2021. Ciena's adjusted (non-GAAP) net income for the fiscal first quarter 2022 was $72.6 million, or $0.47 per diluted common share, which compares to an adjusted (non-GAAP) net income of $81.3 million, or $0.52 per diluted common share, for the fiscal first quarter 2021.

“First quarter revenue grew more than 10% year-over-year and continued broad-based demand drove very strong orders growth in the quarter, providing us additional visibility for the fiscal year," said Gary Smith, president and CEO of Ciena. "We expect our strategic investments to drive a significant increase in supply chain capacity in the second half, and therefore remain confident in our ability to address demand and achieve the strong revenue growth we expect for the fiscal year.”

On an investor call, Ciena executives announced a suspension of operations in Russia and cited specific supply chain disruptions that happened late in its first quarter and which occurred within an already challenged logistics environment that was worsened by the Omicron surge. Ciena said it has subsequently managed through those specific disruptions that occurred in Q1 and that long-term secular demand is very strong, driven by the acceleration of cloud adoption and traffic growth and the desire to get higher capacity and more bandwidth closer to the end user.

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Citing supply disruption and strong demand, Ciena updates outlook

 Citing supply chain issues, Ciena now expects revenue for its fiscal first quarter 2022, ended January 29th, to be in the range of $840 to $850 million, compared to the company’s previous expectation of $870 to $910 million. Ciena’s GAAP gross margin for the fiscal first quarter is expected to be approximately 44% to 45%. Adjusted (non-GAAP) gross margin for fiscal first quarter is expected to be approximately 45% to 46%, at the high end of the previous guidance of 43% to 46%. Ciena’s GAAP operating expense for the fiscal first quarter is expected to be approximately $324 million. Adjusted (non-GAAP) operating expense for the quarter is expected to be approximately $290 million, in line with the previous guidance. 

On a conference call, Ciena executives said the supply chain delays included semiconductors, ICs and memory devices -- low value, commercial parts, which were delivered too late in the quarter for manufacturing into finished products. Ciena reiterated that the production issues are resolved, and that many customers are giving visibility into their full year of demand, which remains strong.

“In our fiscal first quarter, we experienced several specific disruptions in the supply chain late in the quarter that exacerbated an already-challenging macro supply situation, which reduced our flexibility to fully mitigate these additional disruptions in the quarter. Nevertheless, we continue to see an unprecedented level of demand for our products and services, as evidenced by extraordinary orders growth and underpinned by an overall acceleration of cloud adoption and traffic growth,” said Gary Smith, president and CEO, Ciena.

Smith continued, “The combination of a very positive demand environment as well as expanding supply chain capacity aligned with increased visibility into the remainder of the year based on our order flow and backlog, provides us greater confidence in our ability to achieve our fiscal 2022 financial objectives. Accordingly, we continue to expect to achieve our revenue guidance of 11% to 13% annual growth for fiscal 2022.”

Ciena expects to announce full fiscal first quarter financial results on March 7, 2022.

Saturday, February 12, 2022

Summit Broadband deploys Ciena's 6500 ROADM with 400GbE

 Summit Broadband, an Orlando-based fiber-optics telecommunications provider, has deployed Ciena’s 6500 ROADM with 400GbE wave services to increase capacity and reach more users in major cities across Florida. Summit Broadband is also utilizing Ciena’s Adaptive IP Apps and Manage, Control and Plan (MCP) domain controller for real-time visibility and analysis of routing behaviors to optimize network performance and identify issues with greater ease for faster resolution.

In his first year as CEO, Kevin Coyne has transformed Summit Broadband’s network to create data superhighways encircling the Florida peninsula, serving customers in Central, West, and Southwest Florida. This recent network expansion gives Summit Broadband even greater flexibility and adaptability to respond to the increasing needs of its customers, including school districts and municipalities.

“The past year has shown us how having access to high-quality connectivity is a necessity for everyday life,” said Kevin Coyne, CEO of Summit Broadband.

Monday, February 7, 2022

Norway-UK cable achieves 800G line rate with Ciena

The NO-UK submarine cable system between Norway and the United Kingdom achieved a record-breaking 800 Gbps line rate using Ciena’s GeoMesh Extreme powered by its WaveLogic 5 Extreme coherent optical technology.

NO-UK’s open submarine cable system, featuring eight fiber pairs, runs for 700km between Stavanger (Norway) and Newcastle (UK) and is the shortest low-latency direct submarine route between the two nations. The system was developed by Altibox Carrier, which owns and operates fiber-optic cables, and supplied by Xtera, a turnkey provider of subsea systems. The project is managed by specialist consultants SubSea Networks Ltd.

Altibox selected Ciena’s GeoMesh Extreme, leveraging Ciena’s WaveLogic 5 Extreme technology and 6500 Packet-Optical Platforms, supporting up to 35Tb/s per fiber pair—the highest capacity achieved to date across a repeatered submarine network. The design and cable validation exercise was conducted according to the new International Telecoms Union (ITU) submarine cable standard for open cables, known as ITU-T G.977.1.

Svein Arild Ims, Director at Altibox Carrier, said: “NO-UK has been developed to support the evolving requirements of businesses in Norway. We wanted it to deliver the highest bandwidth and capacity available across a submarine network in a sustainable way, and Ciena’s GeoMesh Extreme, combined with Xtera’s unique wide-bandwidth and low-noise repeater design, has achieved exactly that. The network has exceeded our expectations in every way and sets the standard for future connectivity between Norway and the UK.”

Ian Clarke, Vice President of Global Submarine Solutions at Ciena, added: “Ciena continues to push the limits of submarine cable networks, achieving 800Gb/s line rate—another industry first. With more capacity and lower cost-per-bit, lower power consumption and lower ongoing operational costs, the solution provides a modern and environmentally friendly network for Altibox’s NO-UK customers.”

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Vodafone Idea picks Ciena to upgrade Indian backbone

Vodafone Idea Limited has selected Ciena's 5th generation coherent optical solutions from Ciena to upgrade its backbone network in India to 300G/400G.

Vi has deployed Ciena’s 6500 packet-optical platform powered by WaveLogic 5 Extreme for high speed 300G/400G services, upgradable to 800G.

“Escalating demand for data requires a high-capacity and resilient network that can thrive not only today but for years to come,” said Jagbir Singh, Chief Technology Officer, Vodafone Idea Ltd. “Preparing a future-fit network, through our partnership with Ciena, will enable Vi subscribers to experience world-class highly available, scalable connectivity and realize the benefits of cloud, IoT, and 5G in future.”

“Today’s competitive environment requires operators like Vi to operate a higher performing network with maximum agility at a lower cost per bit,” said Ryan Perera, Vice President and General Manager, Ciena India. “With the network playing an increasingly important role to support digital applications today, Vi’s transformed network is ready for prime time.”

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Gulf Bridge upgrades subsea performance with Ciena’s GeoMesh

Gulf Bridge International (GBI), which operates subsea cable systems between the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, Europe and India, is deploying Ciena’s GeoMesh Extreme.

GBI’s upgrade with Ciena uses the latest technologies to increase design capacity by 10 Tbps, enhance its capabilities, and provide increased flexibility in delivery times.

“Ciena’s WaveLogic 5 Extreme coherent optical technology will allow us to maximize the use of our fiber assets, ensuring a great quality of service for our customers,” said Cengiz Oztelcan, Chief Executive Officer, GBI. “We are excited to continue to expand our relationship with Ciena. GBI can now add significant capacity and intelligence to the network to meet requirements from customers including Internet Content Providers (ICPs).”

“Ciena’s WaveLogic technology and software will help GBI create a network that can adapt, self-optimize, and scale to meet customer demands,” said Jamie Jefferies, Vice President and General Manager, International, Ciena. “We understand the importance for GBI to have a programmable and reliable submarine network – especially as the region will soon be hosting the world’s biggest football tournament, which is expected to drive a great deal of video traffic.”,-enhanced-services-across-its-regional-and-global-network

Gulf Bridge signs on for ExpressRoute in Middle East

Gulf Bridge International (GBI), which is based in Qatar, and Microsoft have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will support regional cloud adoption in the Middle East.

GBI will serve as an ExpressRoute connectivity partner, enabling customers to benefit from low latency and private cloud connectivity.

 “We are continually exploring new ways to optimise digital experiences for enterprises, and our partnership with Microsoft represents one of the many milestones taken on GBI’s transformation journey,” said Abdulla Al Rwaili, Executive Director and Managing Director at GBI. “The partnership will enable organisations of all kinds to make the move to the cloud with confidence and provide a foundation for digital transformation. We look forward to enabling more organisations to benefit from the flexibility and agility of the cloud.”

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Ciena reports quarterly revenue of $1.04 billion, up 25.7% yoy

Ciena reported revenue of $1.04 billion for its fiscal fourth quarter ended October 30, 2021, an increase of 25.7% year over year. Q4 net income per share was $0.66 GAAP; $0.85 adjusted (non-GAAP), increasing 41.7% year over year.

“Our strong financial results exceeded our expectations in the fourth quarter and for the full fiscal year, driven by continued execution of our strategy and our demonstrated ability to manage supply chain challenges,” said Gary Smith, President and CEO, Ciena. “Looking ahead, we intend to continue driving growth in our business by leveraging our market leadership and investing to capitalize on robust demand dynamics. In addition, our strong balance sheet and cash generation expectations allow us to increase return of capital to our shareholders.”

For fiscal year 2021, Ciena reported revenue of $3.62 billion, as compared to $3.53 billion for fiscal year 2020.

On December 1, 2021, Ciena's Board of Directors authorized the repurchase of up to $1.0 billion of the company's stock, replacing the previous share repurchase authorization. In connection with this new authorization, the company intends to enter into an accelerated share repurchase (ASR) arrangement under which it will repurchase $250 million of its common stock. 

Some highlights:

  • WL5 Extreme (WL5e) total number of customers has reached 140 including 75 in 2021
  • 43 wins in the Routing and Switching portfolio
  • Blue Planet revenue grew 23% YoY
  • Commercially shipped its first 400 ZR pluggables, WL5 Nano
  • Non-telco represented 39% of total revenue
  • Direct web-scale contributed 18% of total revenue
  • APAC contributed 12% of total revenue

Monday, November 22, 2021

T-Mobile Polska to deploy Ciena for 500–800G wavelengths

 T-Mobile Polska will deploy a coherent optical solution from Ciena for its high-performance, flexible 800G network. 

Specifically,  T-Mobile Polska is deploying Ciena’s WaveLogic 5 Extreme coherent optics over a 6500 fully flexible colorless, directionless, and contentionless photonic system. The carrier plans offer a new long-distance 400 Gigabit Ethernet (400GbE) service to its enterprise, content provider, and wholesale customers.

Ciena said its solution will be used to provide high-capacity 500Gbps–800Gbps wavelength connectivity, low latency, and reliability, making it possible to transport services such as 5G, cloud, and data center interconnect (DCI) at a lower cost per bit. Additionally, encryption capabilities allow for secure transmission of sensitive financial and government data.The network is managed by Ciena’s Manage, Control and Plan (MCP) domain controller, allowing for operational efficiency and quick turnup of new services.

“There’s increasing demand for ‘big pipe’ connectivity throughout Poland, and our innovative coherent optical solution is helping T-Mobile Polska roll out the high-speed services that a digital economy requires,” states Virginie Hollebecque, Vice President and Leader of EMEA at Ciena.

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Digital Realty picks Ciena for cloud interconnectivity across Asia Pacific

Digital Realty selected Ciena to deliver an open, secure and dynamic cloud-based interconnectivity to customers across Asia Pacific. 

Digital Realty operates a network of industry-leading data centers in Asia Pacific, with locations in Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul, Melbourne, and Sydney. It is implementing Ciena’s 6500 Reconfigurable Line System, Waveserver Ai compact interconnect platform, and Manage, Control and Plan domain controller, enabling high capacity DCI and disaster recovery/backup between data centers.

Ciena said its DCI solution will allow Digital Realty’s customers to reach provider ecosystems beyond primary customer deployment, scale data center footprint and establish connectivity between deployments, and enable Digital Realty to be a one-stop shop for interconnectivity. Digital Realty’s customers will also have expanded data center options without compromising cloud and network connectivity needs by choosing facilities connected to premium Internet Gateways.

“Data gravity across Asia Pacific is reaching incredible new levels with increased digital workflows and massive bandwidth demands driven by 5G, gaming, digital entertainment and Internet of Things (IoT). Enhancing Digital Realty’s network with Ciena’s coherent optics enables us to not just sell space, power, and security management facilities but also bundle DCI capabilities for customers at the lowest operational cost,” says Robert Davidson, APAC Head of Network Strategy at Digital Realty.

Monday, November 8, 2021

Vodafone New Zealand installs Ciena for data center interconnect

Vodafone Infrastructure Partners has launched a data center interconnect service that uses Ciena’s WaveLogic Ai and WaveLogic 5 Extreme programmable coherent optics to deliver point-to-point connectivity between data centres in New Zealand and public clouds.

Based on new Colourless-Directionless-Contentionless (CDC) and flexible grid optical multiplexers, the network platforms provide the highest degree of agility and flexibility with the ability to send any service anywhere in the network, dynamically. 

Vodafone Infrastructure Partners (VIP) will offer its wholesale customers super high data transfer capabilities, including 100G, 200G and 400G Wavelength Services, underpinned by robust technical architecture and technology from the industry-leading optical vendor Ciena.

Murray Osborne, Head of Vodafone Infrastructure Partners, says: “Having secure, reliable and high-performing connectivity services is critical for large data centres, and Vodafone Data Centre Connect is a game-changer in New Zealand. We’ve designed this solution with built-in redundancy to secure network availability and result in a decreased failure risk along critical data paths.

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Ciena and Samsung partner on mobile solutions

Samsung Electronics will offer Ciena’s xHaul solutions with its own 5G solutions to support 5G networks.

The companies agreed to collaborate on hardware and software solutions to telecom operators.  The arrangement combines Samsung’s 5G RAN and Core, including vRAN solutions, baseband units and radios, with Ciena’s xHaul Routing and Switching portfolio and next-generation Manage, Control and Plan (MCP) domain controller.

“As 5G proliferates, immersive services like AR/VR and HD video streaming are becoming the center of our daily mobile lives. In order to deliver more powerful 5G services, the current network architecture needs to evolve,” said Wonil Roh, Senior Vice President and Head of Product Strategy, Networks Business at Samsung Electronics. “Samsung’s ability to couple our best-in-class 5G solutions with a leader in transport technologies like Ciena will give customers a solution to address this need, and do so with the confidence to scale and evolve their networks to support the future of 5G.”

“Together with Samsung, we’re fueling the next generation of mobile connectivity to unleash the full potential of 5G,” said Matt Cook, Vice President, Global Partner Organization, Ciena. “As both companies are leading innovators in our respective spaces with strong customer bases for these portfolios, this powerful collaboration leverages our collective leadership to create best-in-breed 5G networks that are open, scalable and adaptive.”

Monday, October 25, 2021

Omantel deploys Ciena's 800G coherent optical

Oman Telecommunications has deployed Ciena  WaveLogic 5 Extreme 800G coherent optical technology to connect data centres, submarine cable landing stations and telecom exchanges in various regions across the Sultanate.

Specifically, Omantel is using Ciena’s WaveLogic 5 Extreme (WL5e) programmable 800G technology over a 6500 reconfigurable line system leveraging optical control plane for improved resiliency. Ciena says WL5e provides a step-function improvement in network performance and economic benefits, doubling wavelength capacity and halving space/power requirements compared to previous technology generations. Additionally, Omantel is using Ciena’s Manage, Control and Plan (MCP) domain controller.

Samy Al Ghassany, Chief Operating Officer at Omantel, said: “Amidst the fast digital transformation in Oman, in line with the Sultanate’s Vision 2040 goals, we are witnessing a surge in bandwidth demand. Ciena’s 800G technology will help pave the way for enhanced high-speed network capabilities for our clients across the Sultanate on various domains like 5G, wholesale, cloud, ICT and IoT services. ”

Jamie Jefferies, Vice President and General Manager, International, Ciena, added: “As Omantel navigates its journey to implement 5G and other advanced technologies, there is a need for a network that can quickly adapt to fluctuating bandwidth demands. Ciena’s 800G technology not only helps Omantel prepare for the explosion of data that will come from 5G, but also drives greater network economics, reach and power efficiency.”

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Colt implements Ciena's Blue Planet for Service Assurance

Colt Technology Services' IQ Network is using Ciena's Blue Planet fault management software to proactively anticipate – and even act upon – potential network issues before they occur. Blue Planet Route Optimization and Analysis (ROA) provides visibility and control of Colt's multi-layer network to correct service delivery issues, accelerating time to market for new services. 

Colt's 100Gbps-optimised, high-bandwidth and low-latency IQ Network connects over 900 data centres and more than 29,000 on-net buildings globally. 

“Deploying UAA for fault management enables us to leverage automation and AI to rapidly analyse and resolve network issues, as well as to proactively identify opportunities to enhance the reliability of our network,” said Shane Sura, Colt’s Vice President of Network Operations. “This is a key enabler in providing the fastest detection and resolution of network issues for exceptional customer service.”

“Networks today are incredibly complex and require automation so network providers can deliver the best digital experiences possible,” said Rick Hamilton, Senior Vice President, Blue Planet. “With Blue Planet, Colt is creating a network that can adapt to support the next wave of connectivity demands while further reinforcing its goal of putting customers first.”

Monday, September 13, 2021

Crosslake Fibre picks Ciena for cable across the English Channel

Crosslake Fibre has selected Ciena for a new submarine cable and terrestrial network between Slough, UK, and Paris, France.  The network, called ‘CrossChannel Fibre,’ is the first fibre cable project of its kind to be built across the busy shipping lanes of the English Channel since 2001. 

Crosslake is deploying Ciena’s 6500 packet-optical platform powered by WaveLogic 5 Extreme. Crosslake is also using Ciena’s Manage, Control and Plan (MCP) with Liquid Spectrum's Channel Margin Gauge app to allocate and scale capacity in real-time, from 600Gbps to 800Gbps, to quickly adapt to changing customer requirements and maximize the value of deployed assets.

“There hasn’t been a new fibre network across the Channel in two decades,” said Mike Cunningham, CEO, Crosslake Fibre. “We saw the need for a modern network infrastructure—one that can handle the rigorous demands of today’s digital world, but also serve generations well into the future. And that’s the vision behind CrossChannel.”

“A lot of online activities, but especially gaming and streaming, call for blazing performance and minimal delays or lag,” said Ian Clarke, Vice President of Global Submarine Solutions, Ciena. “Crosslake’s submarine cable network, with its high reliability and speedy connectivity, plays a pivotal role in elevating experiences like eSports and videoconferencing.”

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Ciena acquires Vyatta routing/switching AT&T

Ciena will acquire AT&T's Vyatta virtual routing and switching technology. In addition, Ciena has agreed to support the Vyatta routing platform in AT&T’s wireless network across multiple 5G use cases, enterprise business services and virtual networks with cloud scalability. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Ciena said the acquisition reflects its continued investment in its Routing and Switching roadmap to address the growing market opportunity to transform the edge, including 5G networks and cloud environments. Ciena plans to integrate the team of engineering specialists into its Routing and Switching research and development (R&D) organization.

“The addition of the Vyatta talent and assets to our Routing and Switching business will extend Ciena’s success in helping customers create virtualized networks and deploy new features faster and cost effectively across 5G, enterprise and cloud use cases,” said Scott McFeely, Senior Vice President, Global Products and Services at Ciena.

“This agreement is a sign of the maturity of the ecosystem and encompasses years of innovation, collaboration and expertise,” said Andre Fuetsch, Chief Technology Officer of Network Services at AT&T. “Our acquisition of the Vyatta assets in 2017 helped us virtualize 75% of our network and led to the development of the first telco grade open-source network operating system. We’re looking forward to the continued use of Vyatta and the development of new use cases as a result of this transaction.”

AT&T to Acquire Vyatta from Brocade

AT&T agreed to acquire Vyatta network operating system and associated assets of Brocade Communications Systems. Financial terms were not disclosed. The deal is contingent on the completion of Broadcom's acquisition of Brocade.

The Vyatta network operating system, including its virtual network functions (VNFs) and distributed services platform, software under development as part of its unreleased roadmap, existing software licenses, and related patents and patent applications. AT&T plans to hire certain Brocade employees associated with that business, who are located mainly in California and the UK.

AT&T said the Vyatta software bolstera its ability to deliver cloud or premises-based VNFs, starting with its previously announced SD-WAN cloud service with VeloCloud.

“Our network transformation effort lets us add new features quicker than ever before at a much lower cost,” said Andre Fuetsch, chief technology officer and president of AT&T Labs. “Being able to design and build the tools we need to enable that transformation is a win for us and for our customers.”

Vyatta could also boost AT&T’s white box platform capabilities. In late March, AT&T completed a trial with a handful of companies and industry groups to design and build its own white box switches to manage data traffic more efficiently across our network.

  • Brocade acquired Vyatta in 2012.

AT&T to power its network with Microsoft Azure for Operators

AT&T will power its mobile network on Microsoft's Azure for Operators cloud starting with the 5G and migrating existing and future workloads over time. Microsoft will assume responsibility for both software development and deployment of AT&T’s Network Cloud immediately and bring AT&T’s existing network cloud to Azure over the next three years. Financial terms were not disclosed.Under an expanded strategic alliance between the firms, AT&T...

Ciena reports sales of $988.1 million, up 1.2%

 Ciena reported revenue of $988.1 million for its fiscal third quarter ended July 31, 2021, up 1.2% compared to same period last year. Ciena's GAAP net income for the fiscal third quarter 2021 was $238.2 million, or $1.52 per diluted common share, which compares to a GAAP net income of $142.3 million, or $0.91 per diluted common share, for the fiscal third quarter 2020. Ciena's GAAP net income for the third quarter of 2021 benefited from the recording of a $124.2 million tax benefit related to an internal transfer of non-U.S. intangible assets.

“We delivered outstanding fiscal third quarter results that reflect continued momentum in our business as well as our differentiated position in the market,” said Gary Smith, president and CEO of Ciena. “These results combined with a robust demand environment give us confidence that we will deliver our expected strong second half performance.”

Some highlights for the quarter:

  • Non-telco represented 42% of total revenue, with direct web-scale increased 24% sequentially, representing 25% of total revenue
  • EMEA revenue increased 16% YoY, representing 19% of total revenue
  • Blue Planet revenue increased 47%YoY
  • added 11 customers for WaveLogic 5 Extreme, bringing the total count to 106 customers. 
  • the 400 ZR WaveLogic 5 Nano product is now generally available

Monday, August 23, 2021

Djibouti Telecom doubles capacity of DARE1 cable with Ciena

Djibouti Telecom is deploying Ciena’s GeoMesh Extreme submarine network solution to upgrade its DARE1 (Djibouti Africa Regional Express1) network serving the East Africa region. The upgrade utilizes Ciena's 6500 Packet-Optical Platform powered by the WaveLogic family, allowing a doubling of line rates to 400 Gbps. Spectrum Sharing capabilities enable the partitioning of submarine optical spectrum to different end users for more efficient use of undersea assets. The network is managed via Ciena’s Manage, Control and Plan (MCP) domain controller.

Located on the northeast coast of the Horn of Africa, Djibouti is situated on the Bab el-Mandeb Strait—one of the world’s busiest shipping routes serving the Indian Ocean and Red Sea. The nation is a connectivity hub for East Africa, made possible by state-owned network provider Djibouti Telecom.

As part of a consortium of telecoms operators, Djibouti Telecom operates eight submarine cable systems, including DARE1, which crosses Djibouti, Kenya, and Somalia. The 5,000 km network, which connects the countries to data centers and content providers around the world, offers businesses and citizens access to internet, mobile, and global cloud services.

DARE-1 subsea cable enters service to East Africa

The Djibouti Africa Regional Express (DARE) submarine cable system has entered service in East Africa and the Horn of Africa. 

The 4,900 km cable links Djibouti, Somalia and Kenya. The project was funded by Djibouti Telecom, Somtel, Hormuud Telecom and Telkom Kenya. Total investment was US$81 million.

DARE-1 has a design capacity of 36 Tbps, making it the largest in the region.

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Lightpath deploys Ciena for services up to 800G

Ciena confirmed that Lightpath has deployed its WaveLogic 5 Extreme solution for delivering services at up to 800Gbps throughout the greater New York City metropolitan area and expanding into the greater Boston market. Lightpath is also deploying Ciena's Waveserver Ai compact interconnect platform over a 6500 RLS flexible grid reconfigurable optical layer for a more open, scalable and programmable network. Financial terms were not disclosed.

“As users consume more digital content, it is crucial for service providers to ensure their network can adapt to these surging and often unpredictable demands. With Ciena's technology, Lightpath is adding scalability to meet bandwidth demands and also gaining real-time visibility into the performance of its network.” said Kevin Sheehan, Chief Technology Officer, Americas, Ciena.