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Ciena at a glance

Ciena is a network strategy and technology company known for its commitment to customer success. With 25 years of industry leadership, we support more than 1,300 of the world’s largest, most reliable networks. Our technology is complemented with a high-touch consultative business model. We’re committed to developing and applying technologies that facilitate openness, virtualization, automation, collaboration, and a common experience. Technologies that offer the greatest degree of choice deliver the most rewarding customer experiences and business outcomes.

Fast facts

  • Global headquarters: Maryland, USA
  • President and CEO: Gary B. Smith
  • NYSE Listing: CIEN
  • Employees: 5700+ employees in 80+ countries
  • FY 2016 Revenue: $2.6 billion
  • Patents: 2000+ globally
  • Incorporation: November 1992
  • IPO: February 1997

Customers at-a-glance

1300+ worldwide

  • World's largest defense network
  • 80% of the world’s largest service providers
  • World’s largest mesh network
  • High capacity transport to top US cable providers
  • Global 2000 enterprises across multiple business segments
  • Federal, state and local government agencies
  • Long-term partnerships with global, national, and regional R&E networks, including several Community Anchor Networks
  • Single submarine cable owner and consortium-owned submarine cables
  • Global networks that seamlessly span overland and undersea

Our history

Follow our journey of leadership and industry-firsts.

In 1992, Ciena set out to radically change the possibilities and economics of networking—and it has done just that. There have been many industry firsts for Ciena, spanning all areas of communications infrastructure.

  • First in coherent optics with 40G and 100G solutions
  • First OTN control plane on an optical switch
  • First Carrier Ethernet aggregation switch supporting a virtualized switching architecture
  • First intelligent optical core switch
  • First packet-optical convergence platform
  • First 100G transport SDN testbed adopting OpenFlow and an open source controller
  • First Multi-layer, multi-vendor transport SDN controller based on OpenDaylight
  • First Multi-vendor SDN/NFV platform
  • First Carrier SDN platform
  • First Multi-domain orchestrator that integrated data center, NFV, and the WAN

Ciena's history

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Ciena accomplishments

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