Hibernia Networks, a provider of global telecommunications services, and Ciena®, a leading networking and software provider announce that a team member from each company will run the UVU North Pole Marathon taking place on April 9, 2015 at the geographic North Pole. Gary Seery, IT Director at Hibernia Networks, and David van de Wetering, Account Manager of Ciena, will complete the 26.2-mile race to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity. 

The marathon takes place in one of the most remote locations on the planet, requiring runners to complete the race in temperatures as low as -25º C (-13º F). The extreme conditions require extensive preparation, special gear and unique training techniques, with some competitors choosing to train in industrial freezers. To date, only 350 individuals from 40 nations have completed the race. 

Hibernia and Ciena will work together to support Mr. Seery and Mr. van de Wetering and to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity. Funds raised for the North Pole Home Run will be used to build homes worldwide and provide stable housing in impoverished communities. 

“It’s an honor to run on behalf of Hibernia and to raise funds for those in need,” says Gary Seery, IT Director at Hibernia Networks. “The partnership between David and me is a natural extension of our companies’ relationship. I’m looking forward to taking this 26.2-mile journey in the Artic with a trusted colleague.” 

“We are experiencing a global housing crisis and wanted to show our support and lend a hand,” says van de Wetering, Account Manager of Ciena. “Stable housing provides more than just a roof over someone’s head. It is possible to actually change someone’s life.” 

Habitat for Humanity has helped more than 1 million families — representing 5 million people — improve their living conditions through Habitat’s housing since the organization was founded in 1976. For more information about the organization, visit habitat.org

Hibernia and Ciena’s joint effort is an extension of the existing partnership between the two global companies. Hibernia recently upgraded its trans-Atlantic subsea cable with Ciena’s GeoMesh submarine solution, including the 6500 Packet-Optical Platform, WaveLogic coherent optics and full ROADM.  Hibernia joined Ciena’s BizConnect Partner Program in the spring of 2014. 

To learn more about this fundraising partnership and to donate, please visit 26.2northpole.com. Follow us on twitter @nphomerun. 

About Hibernia Networks:
Hibernia Networks, a subsidiary of Columbia Ventures Corporation, owns and operates a global network connecting North America, Europe and Asia. Hibernia has over 200 network Points of Presence (PoPs) in 89 markets and 25 countries.

Hibernia Networks serves its global customer base, including wholesale, finance, media and high-bandwidth companies, with unparalleled support, flexibility and service. Hibernia provides secure and diverse dedicated Ethernet, DTM, Wavelengths and carrier-grade IP Transit services. As a true, end-to-end service provider, Hibernia also offers cloud connectivity, low latency connectivity and HiberniaCDN for seamless anytime, anywhere content delivery.  Commencing summer 2015, Hibernia’s new transatlantic cable, Express, will be providing the lowest latency connectivity available between North America and Europe. 

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About Ciena:
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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