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Next-level connectivity

Best-of-breed technology. Award-winning products. Power your competitive edge.

With nearly 25 years of industry leadership, we support more than 1,300 of the world’s largest, most reliable networks. When it is time to upgrade, Ciena can help you to create a truly scalable, cost efficient and reliable network.

Future-ready scalability with Ciena's 6500

Purpose-built. Problem-solving. Intelligently integrating comprehensive Ethernet, TDM, and WDM capabilities into a single platform helps you efficiently deliver emerging and existing services, from the metro edge, between data centres, along the backbone core, and across ocean floors.

It’s all possible with our Converged Packet Optical solutions, featuring our award-winning WaveLogic Photonics alongside agnostic packet/OTN switching. Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform integrates three comprehensive networking layers into a single platform to provide customizable service delivery. Optimize bandwidth in the new world economy where scale plus agility, flexibility, and openness are the new operational currency.


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Provides industry-leading 10G, 40G, and 100G coherent and control plane capabilities for scale and service differentiation

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Utilizes hybrid OTN and packet switching technologies for the most efficient use of network resources

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Offers embedded and discrete software tools to increase programmability, visibility, and control of the optical network

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Adapts to a wide variety of requirements with a minimal set of equipment, reducing standardization and operational costs

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Maximizes operational efficiencies with the ability to tailor customer solutions via various chassis, power, and configuration options

Best-in-class service delivery and service aggregation

Smart devices. Smart software. Deliver the full range of Ethernet services.

Ciena’s Packet Networking Products create the infrastructure necessary for low-touch, high-velocity Ethernet access, aggregation, and packet-optical networks, and provide a common, consistent way to deliver the full range of Ethernet services from the access edge to the core.

Data Center Interconnect

The need to move data freely and securely across the network is exploding.

Ciena’s Data Centre Interconnect (DCI) solutions answer the increasing demand for massive, high-quality, secure on-demand access to content.

As the world leader in DCI, we’re constantly pushing the performance frontier to bring you the best products that help you to connect at high speeds, grow fast at scale, and manage with ease.

WaveLogic Encryption

Only optical transport layer encryption can ensure total protection of all in-flight data, all of the time.

Ciena’s Wavelogic Encryption utilises an always-on encryption approach and the highest security cryptography algorithms available to disguise all data across the network. In-flight encryption makes data unusable to anyone trying to hack the network. And with WaveLogic Encryption, it’s simple to deploy and manage.

Manage, Control and Plan

Automate network and service operations of your trusted Ciena network

See how Manage, Control and Plan (MCP) can transform monolithic network management into rapid, automated operations, so your network can adapt to today’s dynamic world.

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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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  • +Ciena wins Vodafone Enterprise Supplier of the Year for Outstanding Delivery and Performance 2016
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    • Ciena commended for collaboration, expertise and technologies that harness Vodafone’s next-generation packet-optical network
    • Vodafone’s Supplier Awards recognise outstanding performance in supporting its continuous drive for operating efficiency and delivering greater benefits to its Enterprise customers. On December 14th Ciena received the award for ‘Enterprise supplier of the year for outstanding delivery and quality performance’, the first enterprise award of its kind; highlighting the joint partnership, collaboration and combined expertise and technologies that harness Vodafone’s next-generation packet-optical network.
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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.
  • +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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Market Leadership

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