FLAG Telecom selects CIENA's intelligent optical systems for Asian and European networks

May 30, 2001
May 30, 2001--CIENA Corporation and FLAG Telecom announced that FLAG has awarded CIENA a contract to support FLAG's North Asia Loop network with CIENA's intelligent optical transport and switching systems.

CIENA Corporation (NASDAQ: CIEN) and FLAG Telecom (NASDAQ: FTHL; LSE: FTL) announced that FLAG has awarded CIENA a contract to support FLAG's North Asia Loop network with CIENA's intelligent optical transport and switching systems. FLAG Telecom, an independent, global carrier's carrier and network services provider, will deploy CIENA's MultiWave CoreStream and MultiWave CoreDirector systems for the FLAG North Asia Loop project -- a submarine network that spans Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Korea. CoreStream provides reliable, high-capacity optical transmission, and CoreDirector, with its embedded software intelligence, enables FLAG Telecom to efficiently manage bandwidth services across the North Asia region.

In addition, CIENA will supply its MultiWave CoreStream platform on the FLAG Europe-Asia cable system, which connects Europe, the Middle East and Asia. CIENA is providing FLAG Telecom with an advanced optical transport solution that includes technologies such as forward error correction (FEC) and Raman amplification to support ultra-long network routes.

CoreDirector distributes software-based intelligence across the network so service providers are able to leverage the capital and operational savings associated with next-generation networking. CoreDirector is designed to consolidate multiple racks of static network equipment with a highly scalable and flexible switch for automated service provisioning, protection and restoration. In addition, CIENA's approach to integrated long-haul and ultra long-haul transport networking means CoreStream further simplifies network architectures while enhancing the capacity and cost-efficiency of next-generation networks.

About FLAG Telecom:

FLAG Telecom is a global network services provider and independent carriers' carrier providing products and services to the international carrier community, ASPs and ISPs across an international network platform designed to support the next generation of IP over optical data networks. For more information, visit www.flagtelecom.com.

About CIENA:

CIENA Corporation's optical networking systems form the core of networks and services worldwide. For more information, visit www.ciena.com.

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