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In 1992, Ciena set out to radically change the possibilities and economics of networking—and it has done just that. There have been many industry firsts for Ciena, spanning all areas of communications infrastructure. Initially, Ciena created solutions that dramatically increased the capacity of fiber networks so they could scale with rapidly increasing demand.

Next, the company developed industry-leading platforms to automatically and efficiently allocate this new capacity to users and applications so that network operators could significantly decrease capital and operating expenses in their networks.

Now, Ciena is making the network infrastructure programmable, so it can easily adapt to the changing needs of users. When that programmability is combined with network-level applications, network operators can rapidly deliver new services and support new applications.

Ciena’s years of creating solutions for the world’s largest and most reliable telecommunication networks have led to more than 1,550 U.S. patents and patents pending, as well as more than 500 additional foreign-issued patents and applications.

By creating solutions that are rooted in business value, Ciena has established itself as a first-mover in practical innovations that change the way operators and enterprises compete. This mindset and approach to business positions the company to improve the way networks perform and essentially the way people communicate and conduct business in the years ahead.