LION2 consortium taps Ciena for submarine project in Africa

Telecom Lead MEA: Network specialist Ciena has collaborated with the LION2 consortium for second
phase of the LION (Lower Indian Ocean Network) submarine cable project in

As part of the project, Ciena deployed intelligent optical
switching solution that helps deliver resilient broadband connectivity on the
route between Kenya and the island of Mayotte in the Mozambique Channel,
Madagascar, Reunion and Mauritius.

Ciena’s intelligent networking technology, deployed in both
phases of the project, is a critical element of the overall solution, offering
unmatched resiliency and ensuring maximum network uptime for both the operators
involved, and – more importantly – their customers,” said Yves Ruggeri,
Chairman of LION 2 Management Committee.

The LION2 consortium selected Ciena’s CoreDirector FS
Multiservice Optical Switch as the switching platform of choice for the
LION project.

The expansion of the LION project is excellent news for the
population of Mayotte, the Indian Ocean Islands and East Africa. The
high-capacity services that can now be delivered to these regions will allow
both local enterprises and individual consumers to benefit from significantly
faster Internet speeds,” said Eric Sele, vice president of sales, Southern and
Central Europe, Middle East and Africa at Ciena.

Now deployed in all five landing stations of the cable
system (both LION and LION2), CoreDirector FS offers intelligent mesh
protection capabilities to provide robust and scalable connectivity in the
risk-prone submarine environment.

The LION2 consortium gathers several operators with active
investment in the shared infrastructure, including France Telecom with three
partners of the Orange Group as well as the African carrier Emtel and
Société Réunionnaise du Radiotéléphone, a subsidiary of the French telecommunications
group SFR.

Ciena revenue up 14.3% in Q2 FY12 at $477.6 million

Recently, Ciena posted revenue of $477.6 million for the
fiscal second quarter 2012, up 14.3 percent, as compared to $417.9 million for
the same quarter a year earlier.

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