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NASA Kennedy Space Center’s IT Network Reaches New Frontier

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Nicole Anderson CIENA Corporation +1 877.857.7377

NASA Kennedy Space Center’s IT Network Reaches New Frontier

Campus intelligent infrastructure upgrade from Ciena and Abacus Technology uses OTN technology to create a consolidated, easily-manageable network

LINTHICUM, MD, Jan. 17 - Ciena® Corporation (NASDAQ: CIEN), the network specialist, today announced a new partnership with Abacus Technology Corporation to upgrade the expansive campus IT network at NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC).

The enhanced network, which supports activities that range from managing NASA’s space launch program to hosting millions of visitors from around the world, will leverage Optical Transport Network (OTN) technology from Ciena to consolidate the Center’s Ethernet, video and legacy ATM and TDM traffic. NASA’s KSC, large enough to have its own zip code, is comprised of more than 200 facilities spread across a 144,000 acre complex. With an aging and fragmented campus network bearing the weight of growing bandwidth demands, the Center is turning to Ciena and Abacus Technology to create a robust, converged telecommunications infrastructure.

Abacus Technology, which is contracted to provide support for all information management and communications services related to launch operations at KSC, is leading the design and installation of the new campus network, with completion of the campus upgrade expected in March. The new intelligent network is connecting major campus facilities via a fiber optic infrastructure using Ciena’s 4200 Advanced Services Platform. The OTN-enabled network will support the transport of Ethernet, SONET and video traffic and will facilitate the consolidation of the campus’s aging technology backbones – such as ATM and SONET – onto a common infrastructure. KSC is also leveraging Ciena’s leading-edge network management solution for efficient service deployment and proactive network management of its next-generation architecture.

“Here at KSC we are upgrading our communications infrastructure as part of our center transformation from the Shuttle Program to provide launch capability for NASA’s next generation Heavy Lift Vehicle and commercial launch vehicles. Ciena’s OTN solution will enable telemetry, data, voice and video convergence onto a common transport and allow us to seamlessly migrate off multiple independent and obsolete legacy transport systems,” stated Kerry Stinson, Director of Communication Services at Abacus Technology Corporation. “The OTN implementation will simplify our network and streamline operations, and enables KSC to provision reliable, high speed/high bandwidth communication services to commercial launch operations in a more cost effective manner.”

Press Contacts: Nicole Anderson Ciena Corporation (877) 857 -7377, Jamie Moody Ciena Corporation +1 (214)

Investor Contacts: Gregg Lampf Ciena Corporation (888) 243 6223

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