Ciena platform earns RUS acceptance

July 16, 2007
JULY 16, 2007 -- Ciena Corp. says that its CN 4200 FlexSelect Advanced Services Platform has achieved technical acceptance under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)'s Rural Development Telecommunications Program.

JULY 16, 2007 -- Ciena Corp. (search for Ciena) says that its CN 4200 FlexSelect Advanced Services Platform has achieved technical acceptance under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)'s Rural Development Telecommunications Program, which offers funding and low-cost loans to service providers investing in networks that serve rural communities.

This technical acceptance authorizes Ciena's CN 4200 platform for use in telecommunications networks built with loans from the USDA Rural Utilities Service (RUS), and indicates that the platform meets requirements for field performance and compliance to standards. With the acceptance, independent telephone and utility companies can obtain low-interest financial assistance from the RUS for the purchase and deployment of Ciena's CN 4200 to help bring a variety of telecommunications services to rural areas of the United States.

"In addition to basic Internet access needs, the rise of voice, video, and data service bundles is generating demand from rural service providers for high-performance, high-bandwidth networks," said Tom Mock, senior vice president of strategic planning for Ciena. "Earning RUS acceptance for the CN 4200 enables Ciena and our partners to bring the benefits of the platform's unique service flexibility and performance capabilities to even more networks in rural communities."

Designed to deliver performance-grade Ethernet services, Ciena's CN 4200 family of platforms now includes the CN 4200 MC for edge-optimized optical services from the customer premises, the CN 4200 for aggregating services onto rings, and the new CN 4200 RS for aggregation, grooming, and routing of traffic at major network aggregation points.

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