CIENA to provide optical transport and switching for DISA's GIG-BE network

5 January 2004 Linthicum, MD Lightwave -- CIENA Corp. has been awarded a contract by Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) to support the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Global Information Grid Bandwidth Expansion (GIG-BE) project, the United States Department of Defense's initiative to transform its global communications infrastructure.

Jan 5th, 2004

5 January 2004 Linthicum, MD Lightwave -- CIENA Corp. has been awarded a contract by Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) to support the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Global Information Grid Bandwidth Expansion (GIG-BE) project, the United States Department of Defense's initiative to transform its global communications infrastructure.

Per the multiyear agreement, CIENA will supply its CoreStream optical transport and switching platform for deployment in DISA's GIG-BE optical IP terrestrial network. GIG-BE is designed to enhance the Defense Department's network infrastructure to operate at 10 Gbits/sec in support of voice, data, video, and transport services among more than 100 key locations worldwide. The integration of CIENA's optical networking solutions satisfies the agency's objective to significantly expand available bandwidth and create an automated, reconfigurable optical network. Deployment is scheduled to commence in this year.

CIENA successfully completed a six-month evaluation and field trial period managed by SAIC, the project's systems integrator, before being selected for the GIG-BE project. Based on this assessment, CIENA's solution effectively met the project's stringent standards for technology and value and offered the features required to ensure high availability and reliability across the network's physically diverse routes.

"DISA has recognized the unmatched capabilities and economic value CIENA technologies provide," asserts Gary Smith, president and CEO of CIENA. "The GIG-BE network required a next-generation system, with integrated optical transport and switching, ultra long-haul capabilities, and intelligent software enabling dynamic network reconfiguration. CIENA has long been committed to delivering world-class networking solutions, and we continue to demonstrate our leadership in long-haul optical applications for high-end, advanced networks like GIG-BE," he adds. "This award is also a testament to the suitability of CIENA's technology for building highly efficient, mission-critical government networks."

DISA is focused on transforming the Defense Department's ability to protect the citizens and military personnel of the United States by optimizing the systems on which critical information is communicated. The deployment of CIENA's optical networking platform will directly support the improvement of national security intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, and command and control information-sharing by providing secure and reliable optical transport and switching solutions. CIENA effectively supports GIG-BE's fundamental objective to enhance existing end-to-end network infrastructure by collapsing voice, video, and data subsystems to streamline the delivery of converged services.

CIENA's CoreStream integrates optical transport and wavelength switching in a single system, thereby allowing DISA to eliminate costs associated with electrical switching of wavelengths, explain CIENA representatives. The ultra long-haul (ULH) capabilities further improve the network economics of GIG-BE by eliminating intermediate electrical signal regeneration. DISA will also employ CIENA's intelligent software, LightWorks OS, which reduces the need for manual intervention by enabling automatic network reconfiguration and remote rerouting of signals.

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