AboveNet leverages Ciena’s 2RS module for CN 4200

MARCH 1, 2010 -- Ciena Corp. (NASDAQ: CIEN), the network specialist, says that bandwidth connectivity provider AboveNet Inc. (NYSE: ABVT) has deployed Ciena’s 2RS module for the CN 4200 FlexSelect Advanced Services Platform as part of the service provider’s recently introduced Agility Guarantee program.

MARCH 1, 2010 -- Ciena Corp. (NASDAQ: CIEN) says that bandwidth connectivity provider AboveNet Inc. (NYSE: ABVT) has deployed Ciena’s 2RS module for the CN 4200 FlexSelect Advanced Services Platform as part of the service provider’s recently introduced Agility Guarantee program (see "AboveNet announces ultralow latency guarantees across metro services portfolio").

The Agility Guarantee is designed to provides ultra-low latency service-level agreements (SLAs). The CN 4200 module helps lower delays in optical connections by up to 20 percent, asserts Ciena, which enables AboveNet to offer its customers high-bandwidth connectivity with optimum speed and performance for critical, latency-sensitive applications, such as algorithmic or futures trading, VoIP, and video.

AboveNet serves its business and carrier customers over a private fiber-optic network that delivers network connectivity and IP services in and among top U.S. metro markets and globally. The company’s private metro optical networks offer a variety of metro wavelength and metro Ethernet services.

With the Agility Guarantee program, AboveNet is now offering its financial services, energy trading, online gaming, and media and entertainment customers a network product that delivers round-trip latencies as low as sub-1 ms for some services. The program uses real-world, round-trip numbers for the end-to-end network – not one-way metrics, averages or SLAs for only part of the network, such as between points of presence, the service provider asserts.

“When tiny fractions of a second can mean the difference in huge amounts of revenue, latency is by far the top priority and key decision criteria for our target customers, which is why our fiber-intensive private optical network gives us a huge advantage over competitors that have lots of intermediary routers, switches and other equipment that simply add more latency and potential points of failure to the network,” said MaryBeth Nance, executive director of business development and marketing at AboveNet. “Lots of service providers talk about having low latency, but AboveNet is focused on aggressively driving it out of the network and then going a step further and guaranteeing it with our new Agility Guarantee SLAs.”

“AboveNet is a long-time customer that has chosen Ciena to be among the select few vendors to provide equipment to support its network. The deployment of Ciena’s 2RS modules on AboveNet’s base of CN 4200s underscores the ongoing value of that network investment and our mutual goal of enabling high-capacity, low-latency connectivity for end customers,” said Mike Aquino, senior vice president of global field operations at Ciena.

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