Network equipment provider boasts global market leadership in high-capacity optical transport, intelligent switching and Carrier Ethernet

Ciena Corporation, the network specialist, delivers next-generation solutions that increase the speed and capacity of communications networks worldwide. With focused innovation, Ciena brings together the reliability and capacity of optical networking with the flexibility and economics of Ethernet, unified by a software suite that delivers the industry’s leading network automation.

With approximately 4,200 professionals working across the Americas, Asia and Europe, Ciena remains thoroughly committed to solving the specific business challenges of its global customer base with a high-touch, consultative approach — allowing customers to fully leverage their networks as a strategic and adaptive business asset in today’s evolving and increasingly competitive landscape. 

Ciena serves more than 1000 customers in over 60 countries, including nearly three-quarters of the world’s largest service providers, enterprises — with a particularly strong track record in mission-critical financial and healthcare networks — research and education institutions and other essential government agencies across the globe. 

Ciena’s customers face a challenging and rapidly changing environment that requires their networks be robust enough to address increasing capacity needs from a growing set of consumer and business applications, and flexible enough to quickly adapt to execute new business strategies and support the delivery of innovative, revenue-creating services. By improving network productivity and automation, reducing network costs and providing flexibility to enable differentiated service offerings, Ciena’s networking solutions offering creates business and operational value for customers.

Why Ottawa

Ciena is a major player in Canada’s technology community, with a significant concentration in Ottawa. The city is home to Ciena’s largest engineering center, which serves as an integral part of the company’s continued success, and the company remains focused on ensuring its Ottawa presence remains a key contributor to next-generation networking technology research and discoveries. Ciena is committed to promoting innovation in the region and the efforts of Canada’s broader technology ecosystem — including small companies that work with and for Ciena, local government and regional education resources.

Business advantage 

Ciena’s major areas of product and technology differentiation include: coherent 40G/100G for applications such as metro, long-haul and submarine transport; OTN switching combined with control plane software for resiliency and faster provisioning (time-to-market); and Carrier Ethernet for mobile backhaul and business Ethernet services. 

Together with comprehensive design, implementation and support services, Ciena’s networking solutions offering seeks to address the business challenges, communications infrastructure requirements and service delivery needs of customers.

Future growth plans

Looking ahead, Ciena remains committed to its specialist roots as a focused company, and will continue to offer customers the deepest level of knowledge and commitment in delivering the innovation, quality and customer service expected of a global leader. Ciena’s proven track record of technology and market achievement, coupled with financial stability, a broad technology palette, and innovative brand positioning will allow it to continue to bring network value to its customers and advance its business performance.

Contact information

Ciena Canada

613 670-2000


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