Ciena® (NYSE: CIEN), the network specialist, opened its first advanced technology lab in Brazil. The new facility, located in Sao Paulo, will serve as a testing and training hub for Ciena customers, partners and employees across the country and region. 

“This lab will allow our customers, partners and employees to experience and test our latest packet-optical, Carrier Ethernet and software platforms,” said Fabio Medina, Ciena’s general manager and vice president of sales for CALA. “With this new regional facility, we are building on our technology leadership and reinforcing our growing commitment to the Brazilian market and Latin American region.” 

Brazil is home to Ciena’s largest Latin America office, and the new lab will be open to all local and international Ciena customers in the region. The lab will also play an important role in Ciena’s work with Brazil’s leading universities by offering special training opportunities to future engineers in important technologies such as software-defined networking, network functions virtualization and next-generation packet-optical convergence. 

Ciena’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Field Operations, Philippe Morin, joined Medina for the lab opening, where several customers and partners were in attendance. 

Ciena currently serves more than 100 customers and operates in more than 20 countries and territories across the CALA region. Ciena serves a number of leading operators in the region, including Cablevision Argentina, Cable & Wireless Panamá, LANautilus, MetroRed, Telecom Argentina, Telefónica, Telesur, Telmex and VTR Chile.

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Ciena (NYSE: CIEN) is the network specialist. We collaborate with customers worldwide to unlock the strategic potential of their networks and fundamentally change the way they perform and compete. Ciena leverages its deep expertise in packet and optical networking and distributed software automation to deliver solutions in alignment with its OPn architecture for next-generation networks. We enable a high-scale, programmable infrastructure that can be controlled and adapted by network-level applications, and provide open interfaces to coordinate computing, storage and network resources in a unified, virtualized environment. For updates on Ciena news, follow us on Twitter @Ciena or on LinkedIn http://www.linkedin.com/company/ciena. Investors are encouraged to review the Investors section of our website at www.ciena.com/investors, where we routinely post press releases, SEC filings, recent news, financial results, and other announcements. From time to time we exclusively post material information to this website along with other disclosure channels that we use

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