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A path to better broadband

Flexibility for today. Scalability for tomorrow.

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and software innovation who's committed to America's growth
and prosperity.

Expanding digital inclusion across America

Learn more about Ciena's commitment to U.S. job growth, closing the digital divide, and ground-breaking technology.

The challenge

Residential networks must meet surging customer demand, enable the next wave of applications, and reduce environmental impact.

Our approach

Ciena leverages a rich hardware, software, and services ecosystem that is open, modular, and scalable.

The benefits

You can optimize network costs, maintain a competitive edge, and deliver long-term sustainability.



Future-proof your investment with the flexibility to adopt the right technology anywhere and anytime. With open architecture, you’ll create best-of-breed infrastructure without fear of vendor lock-in.




The ability to start small and grow with demand is key to a successful deployment. Our modular infrastructure allows for incremental scaling and optimization beyond your initial investment.




Customer needs continue to evolve. We help you plan your network deployment — from uplinks to aggregation to middle-mile capacity and beyond — enabling you to seamlessly support future demand.



Ciena Services

Ciena Services collaborates with you to ensure your network keeps pace with ever-evolving business needs so you can deliver exceptional customer experiences. Our regional teams help you build, operate, improve, and transform your network with the right people, processes, and tools efficiently and with minimal risk. For more than 30 years, Ciena has been earning the trust of network providers across the globe, helping them build some of the most adaptive, customer-centric networks in the world.


Strategic support for all broadband service providers

State and local governments

Ciena’s broadband solution uses innovative architecture and expertise to deploy ultra-high-capacity networks. This enables municipalities and state and local governments to deliver cost-effective, sustainable broadband ensuring digital equity for all.

Communications service providers

Ciena's flexible, cost-effective, and sustainable solutions enable regional and rural communications service providers to close the digital divide and transform communities by building a better next-generation broadband infrastructure that is open, modular, and scalable.

Utilities and electric cooperatives

Utilities need a modern, sustainable network that can deliver both broadband and smart grid services to the communities they serve. Ciena’s broadband solution expands access by supporting latency-sensitive smart grid traffic and broadband traffic with a felxible, scalable, and sustainable approach.

Tribal communities

Nearly three billion dollars is dedicated to connecting Tribal households and businesses to affordable and reliable high-speed internet service. Ciena’s next-generation broadband architecture helps Tribal communities build a best-in-class network that can scale and flex as demand grows.

Consulting and engineering firms

The time is now for consulting and engineering firms to evaluate next-generation broadband technology. Learn how Ciena’s broadband solution enables consulting and engineering firms to help their customers build a sustainable network, integrate multiple vendors and technologies, develop operational expertise, and focus on long-term sustainability.

Broadband network architecture: An evolving landscape

Network operators are faced with a delicate balance: delivering high-bandwidth services today while planning for long-term sustainability and diverse architecture requirements. Get the whitepaper to learn how Ciena’s broadband solution is a powerful tool to address these concerns and seamlessly adapt to whatever the future holds.

We're committed to connecting people and communities

Explore locations where our American-made solutions are making a positive impact.

“We were seeking a 'core to door' solution that could address our needs for the coming decade - one that would provide a multiple 100G core optical network and PON at the edge, bringing to life our vision of an ultra-high bandwidth community. We found that with Ciena.”

—  Duke Dexter, CBX Program Coordinator at Clackamas County

Expert corner

Supported by trusted resources and dedicated teams, Ciena has expertise for every step of your broadband journey

Broadband solution

Broadband solution

Ciena’s broadband solution is flexible, open, modular, and scalable by design, providing network operators with the ability to optimize network costs, maintain competitive differentiation, and ensure long-term sustainability.

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Broadband design and deployment services

Broadband design and deployment services

Ciena's team plans, designs, and integrates pre-staged products for your site. An assigned engineer manages deployments — reducing risk and ensuring efficient broadband rollout.

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Construction is a critical component of broadband installation. Ciena identifies the right resources for your specific project.



Beyond application support, leverage Ciena's experts and ecosystem for comprehensive reporting, documentation, and compliance with program guidelines.

Consulting and engineering

Consulting and engineering

Ciena collaborates with broadband consultants and engineering firms to evaluate, plan, and design future-proof networks, assisting network operators in deploying and managing modern rural broadband networks.

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Marketing and monetization

Marketing and monetization

Ciena's Marketing as a Service (MaaS) features customized marketing strategies and tactics designed to enable participants to get the most from their network investments. MaaS is available to participants in the CPNe program and/or select customers. MaaS support ranges from brand awareness and demand generation to content creation and execution enablement.

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Network management and maintenance

Managed and Maintenance Services

Ciena offers comprehensive managed and maintenance services, including end-to-end support for network hardware and software, and network management from our network operation centers (NOCs).

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Grant writing

Grant writing

The process of obtaining government funding can be complex and burdensome. Ciena simplifies this process by leveraging the strength of our broadband alliances — aiding in the writing and submission of your application.

“MdBC was founded to help address the lack of broadband access in unserved and underserved areas throughout Maryland. It’s the core of who we are...Ciena’s leading optical and network management solutions afford us greater performance and reliability to improve broadband access – and thereby digital inclusion – across the state. This will help fuel economic development, jobs, education and telehealth, improving quality of life in our rural and chronically underserved communities.”

— Drew Van Dopp, President and CEO of Maryland Broadband Cooperative


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