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Adapt and simplify to meet customer demand, now and in the future.

There is an explosion in network demand, driven by ultra-mobile users who want the ability to access the cloud and consume high-definition content, video, and applications when and where they choose.

Operators need a network which is scalable, cost efficient and reliable as this demand will only be exacerbated by the adoption of IoT and 5G.  We at Ciena are committed to supporting BT’s vision to be “the number one network” to successfully address these ever-increasing customer demands.

The Adaptive Network

Introducing the Adaptive Network Vision

Users’ ever-increasing expectations—and the technology breakthroughs that continue to feed them—have created an unprecedented level of pressure and complexity for today’s network providers. Some strategic approaches suggest that complexity is the enemy, and that a fully automated network is the answer. Ciena takes a broader view. We believe a network, just like the humans who invented it, must grow smarter, more agile, and more responsive every day. We believe network providers must strive to achieve a more adaptive network.

From Autonomous to Adaptive: The Next Evolution in Networking

Developments in artificial intelligence mean network providers are now able to rethink their operations to achieve end-to-end automation. But most operators do not want to cede control to networks that decide their own direction and remove humans from the equation. They want their networks to become more ‘adaptive’ to respond to an ever-changing competitive landscape and consumer demands, which requires a coherent combination of human-controlled and -supervised automated operational processes, analytics-driven intelligence, and an underlying programmable infrastructure.

Ciena’s networking platforms are the foundation on which we help BT build the networking infrastructure that supports the needs of today’s customers. As we look to the future, our vision of the Adaptive Network, one which is responsive, automated and self-optimising, will enable BT to futureproof their network and meet the increasing demand for capacity.


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In today’s hyper-connected world, delivering an incredible customer experience depends on your ability to create innovative services and provide the capacity needed to meet constantly changing demands.


The Adaptive Network

It's a journey. Ciena is your partner.

Today's networks grow smarter, more agile, and more nuanced every day. To harness this exponentially increasing complexity, you need a network that can adapt to the environment quickly.

With nearly 25 years of industry leadership, we support more than 1,300 of the world’s largest, most complex networks.  In addition, our teams provide consultative Go-To-Market support to our Managed Service Provider customers, helping enable sales teams and develop joint demand generation programs.  This partnership approach helps ensure our mutual success.

Meet the team

Steve Black

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Job Role at Ciena: Senior Systems Engineer, Hometown: Wallasey, Merseyside, Hobbies: Family time, Golf, Football, Skiing, Running, Cycling, Caravan/Camping, A great weekend is... 18 Holes Early, Bike Ride with the Kids, Pub lunch, Liverpool FC winning the Champions League ( ok this is a specific weekend 26/5/18 to be exact !) A nice glass of wine. Or I could go skiing any day of the week. No time for sleeping.

Ian Rathmell

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Job Role at Ciena: Account Director, Hometown: Knottingley, West Yorkshire, Hobbies: Bird Watching, Playing Board Games, A great weekend is... a lay in (pre kids that meant until 10am, post kids anything after 7am is good), walk the dog, dinner with friends. Oh and a snooze in there somewhere.

Laura Martin Domenech

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Job Role at Ciena: Account Director, Hometown: Sabadell, Barcelona, Hobbies: Reading, running, spending time with friends. A great weekend is... a long run in the morning, a good meal, a siesta in my sofa, meeting friends or just stay home reading or watching a film.

Jon Romano

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Job Role at Ciena: Systems Engineering Manager, Hometown: Caterham, Surrey, Hobbies: Arsenal Football Club, trading the markets, bedroom deejaying, reading comic books (still).A great weekend is...Arsenal winning, the AV system at church holding up and time with the family.

Darren Rooney

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Job Role at Ciena: Operations Director, Hometown: Ardglass, Co.Down, Hobbies: Golf, taxi service for my kids, going for walks around the Co.Down coast., A great weekend is... watching my son play for Glentoran FC, taking my daughter horse riding and a family dinner out.

Sean Oliver

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Job Role at Ciena: Senior Systems Engineer, Hometown: Harrow, Middlesex, Hobbies: Travel, Reading, Swim Dad which means: Swimming Official, Vocal Supporter, Financial Investor, Equipment Manager, Travel Coordinator & Chauffeur. A great weekend is... watching my son Swim, long walks with the dog and a nice Roast Dinner with the family to finish it off.

Alfonso Malaga

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Job Role at Ciena: Senior Systems Engineer, Hometown: Lima, Peru, Hobbies: All things music – going to concerts, playing the guitar/uke, learning the keyboard; and travelling every chance I get, A great weekend is... breakfast with pancakes, a sunny day strolling in Hampstead and having a glass of wine with friends.

Amanda Murray

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Job Role at Ciena: Project Management, Hometown: Carlisle, Cumbria, Hobbies: Running, reading, going to gigs, finding new challenges, A great weekend is... being with Family & friends, either a chilled run, good food and relaxing at home with my dogs or non-stop weekend taking part in a running related challenge with good friends, making the most of every minute.

Sara Atkinson

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Job role at Ciena: Marketing Manager, Hometown: Southfields, London, Hobbies: Yoga, walking, travel, A great weekend is... warm sunny weather, spending relaxed happy time with the kids and friends and sneaking in a bit of time for myself.

Artur Kwiatkowski

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Job Role at Ciena: Consultant, Partner Strategy and Enablement, Hometown: Łódź, Poland, Hobbies: triathlon, literature, music, A great weekend is... quickly redefined when you have a 6-week old on your hands, I’ve recently learnt.

John Coyle

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Job Role at Ciena: Leads the BT account for Ciena, Hometown: Recently moved to Castewellan Co. Down after living in Crouch End in London & Wanborough in Wiltshire for 19 years. Hobbies: Football, Mountain Biking but mostly now running after my 4 kids. A great weekend is... watching my daughter play football, walking along the beach in Newcastle and going for a nice meal with my family.

Awards and recognitions

  • +2017 Fierce Innovation Awards
    • Nex Gen Wireline Winner award
    • WaveLogic Ai
    • Ciena’s WaveLogic Ai was selected as a winner in this year’s Fierce Innovation Awards: Telecom Edition, in the Next-Gen Deployments – Wireline category. A carrier-reviewed awards program, WaveLogic Ai was selected for being an innovative and industry leading product. All applications were reviewed by an exclusive panel of executives from major telecommunications companies, and were evaluated based on the following criteria: effectiveness, ease of use/ ROI, true innovation and end-user impact.
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  • +2017 BTR Diamond Technology Reviews
    • 2017 BTR Diamond Technology Reviews award
    • Waveserver Ai | D-NFV Solution
    • Ciena was recognized with two awards at the 2017 Diamond Technology Reviews for Waveserver Ai and our D-NFV Solution. The Diamond Technology Reviews identifies innovation in technology for the broadband cable industry, and rates each submission on a scale of 1 to 5 Diamonds based on the solution’s uniqueness, innovation, ease of use, efficiency, reliability and contribution to profitability.
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  • +2017 NGON & Optical DCI Awards
    • NGON & Optical DCI Awards
    • D-NFV Solution | Waveserver Ai
    • This year at the Next Generation Optical Networking and Optical DCI Awards, Ciena took home awards for ‘Best NFV Service Orchestration Implementation’ for Ciena’s D-NFV Solution, and ‘Best Optical Product - DCI/Short reach’ for Waveserver Ai. At NGON 2017, Ciena was the only vendor to take home multiple awards, and was selected by a panel of industry experts based on developing the most effective and innovative solutions for each respective category.
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  • +2017 Lightwave Innovation Reviews
    • 2017 Lightwave Innovation Reviews
    • WaveLogic Ai | WaveLogic Encryption
    • Ciena was acknowledged with two awards from the 2017 Lightwave Innovation awards; an panel of judges recognized Ciena's new WaveLogic Ai chipset with a perfect score of 5/5 stars in this year's Lightwave Innovation Reviews, and Ciena’s WaveLogic Encryption solution scoring a 3.5/5. In the 2017 reviews, only four products received a 5 star rating across the entire spectrum of categories reviewed, Ciena’s WaveLogic Ai chipset being one of them for the category of Optical Transport Platforms. The judges commended WaveLogic Ai, noting that “These industry leading capabilities are needed by end-users and we salute Ciena for bring the WaveLogic Ai solution to market”.
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  • +Telecom Asia Readers' Choice & Innovation Awards 2016
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    • Ciena takes home Optical Network Innovation of the Year award for 6500 WaveLogic Encryption solution
    • Telecom Asia organizes the Readers’ Choice & Innovation Awards to recognize the advancements and contributions of the industry’s top vendors from around the region. At the 9th annual Telecom Asia Readers' Choice & Innovation Awards, Ciena won Optical Network Innovation of the Year for the 6500 WaveLogic Encryption solution. Telecom Asia said the awards reflect the strength and diversity of innovation in the Asia Pacific. Voting was open to Telecom Asia’s online subscriber base of service providers in early October.
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  • +MEF Excellence Awards 2016
    • MEF excellence 2016
    • Ciena’s Blue Planet Wins “Third Network Proof of Concept” Award
    • For the first time at MEF16, the organization presented an award for the proof of concept (PoC) that ‘best demonstrates an implementation of agile, assured, and orchestrated Third Network services’. Of the fourteen demonstrations at MEF16, Ciena’s Blue Planet, along with collective partners Century Link and RAD, took home this first-time award. This was the first public demonstration of Ciena’s newly announced 3906mvi x86 Server Module and D-NFVI Software, which specializes in addressing challenges associated with Distributed NFV deployments, while working cohesively with Blue Planet.
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  • +Global Telecoms Innovation Awards 2016
    • Global Telecoms Business Awards 2016
    • Ciena and Aqua Comms recognized for AE connect in the Fixed Infrastructure Innovation category
    • The Global Telecoms Business Telecoms Innovation & Technology Awards are presented for innovative projects by operators and vendors in the telecoms industry. Aqua Comms and Ciena were recognized for AEConnect, a high-capacity subsea system specifically designed for web-scale providers. Aqua Comms AEConnect is a new trans-Atlantic subsea cable system spanning more than 5,500 km from New York to the West Coast of Ireland to Dublin, London and into Europe.
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