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NTELOS Implements Ciena's FlexSelect Architecture to Enhance Service Delivery

Ciena® Corporation (NASDAQ:CIEN), the network specialist, today announced that NTELOS Holdings Corp., a Virginia-based integrated telecommunications provider, has selected the CN 4200® FlexSelect Advanced Services Platform family for its access and metro networks. The classic CN 4200 chassis has already been deployed in NTELOS network upgrade, with plans to add the CN 4200 MC and CN 4200 RS chassis to support growing customer demand for high-bandwidth, Ethernet-based services such as broadband data, IPTV and evolving on-demand services.

NTELOS is deploying fiber within the last mile of its network to support Video-on-Demand and High Definition television services as well as enhanced data services. Given the inevitable bandwidth constraints associated with delivering these higher speed applications while ensuring reliable quality of service (QoS), NTELOS chose to deploy Cienas CN 4200 family of products in its metro and access networks to support a more flexible, efficient and scalable network design that allows the company to layer new, advanced services onto a single, converged transport infrastructure with deterministic performance.

Recognizing the requirement to get greater bandwidth to the customers location to meet demand for new services, NTELOS has committed to a network upgrade strategy to ensure our customers get the wireless and wireline services they want, said Frank L. Berry, vice president for engineering and operations at NTELOS. Customer satisfaction is essential to our growth strategy and meeting those demands requires advanced network transport capabilities. The deployment of Cienas CN 4200 family is critical as we strive to deploy fiber deeper within our network and continue offering the highest level of service quality to our growing customer base.

The deployment of Cienas CN 4200 family allows NTELOS to offer enhanced IP-based services while protecting its installed base by leveraging a unified multiservice transport solution for the delivery of 10G TDM, 10G Ethernet and sub-wavelength services. By deploying the CN 4200, CN 4200 MC and CN 4200 RS in its fiber optic network, NTELOS is also able to leverage a common management platform for simplified provisioning and management of services from the metro core to the access edge and even to the customers doorsteps to increase service efficiency.

A central value proposition of our FlexSelect Architecture is the seamless migration path it affords our customers as they embrace the packet-centricity of todays networks and services, said Mike Aquino, senior vice president of worldwide sales at Ciena. The CN 4200 family enables NTELOS to deliver a palette of services while guaranteeing the QoS, reliability and scalability expected by an increasingly sophisticated customer base.

About the CN 4200 FlexSelect Advanced Services Platform Family

With its unique FlexiPort technology and advanced multiplexing capabilities, Cienas CN 4200 family goes far beyond the functionality of traditional metropolitan WDM systems and SONET/SDH Multiservice Provisioning Platforms (MSPPs). Designed to deliver performance-grade Ethernet services, the CN 4200 family includes the CN 4200 MC for edge-optimized optical services from the customer premises, the CN 4200 for aggregating services onto rings, and the CN 4200 RS for aggregation, grooming and routing of traffic at major network aggregation points. The platform offers the unique benefit of universal line cards with individual user-programmable ports to deliver TDM, Ethernet and storage services at any speed on any available port, and ITU G.709 OTN for service transparency.

About Ciena

Ciena specializes in network transition. We provide the flexible platforms, intelligent software and professional services to build converged networks for enhanced services and applications. With a growing global presence, Ciena leverages its heritage of practical innovation to deliver maximum performance and economic value in communications networks worldwide. For more information, visit


NTELOS Holdings Corp. is an integrated communications provider with headquarters in Waynesboro, VA. NTELOS provides products and services to customers in Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Maryland and North Carolina, including wireless phone service, local and long distance telephone services, IPTV-based video services, and data services for internet access and wide area networking. Detailed information about NTELOS is available at

Note to Ciena Investors

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements based on current expectations, forecasts and assumptions that involve risks and uncertainties. These statements are based on information available to the Company as of the date hereof; and Ciena's actual results could differ materially from those stated or implied, due to risks and uncertainties associated with its business, which include the risk factors disclosed in its Report on Form 10-K, which Ciena filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on December 27, 2007. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding Ciena's expectations, beliefs, intentions or strategies regarding the future and can be identified by forward-looking words such as "anticipate," "believe," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "should," "will," and "would" or similar words. Ciena assumes no obligation to update the information included in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.


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