Ciena Establishes Operations in Saudi Arabia

Published July 20th, 2010 - 02:34 GMT

Ciena® Corporation (NASDAQ: CIEN), the network specialist, today announced the opening of its office in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). The company also announced the appointment of Mr. Yasser Alobaidan as Country Manager heading up the operation.

The Ciena Communications Saudi Arabia Ltd office in Riyadh, announced less than one year after the company commenced operations in Abu-Dhabi, UAE, has been established to cater to an emerging market with significant potential for growth during the next several years. "Data usage has quadrupled and broadband penetration has more than doubled in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during the last three years," said Mashood Ahmad, Regional Managing Director, Middle East at Ciena. "There is no doubt that Saudi offers meaningful prospects for further growth, which makes it a very exciting market to operate in. With Ciena's global expertise and market-leading product and services portfolio of converged optical Ethernet solutions, we are well positioned to play a key role in the rapidly developing communications infrastructure in KSA."

Ciena appointed Mr. Yasser Alobaidan, a Saudi national, to take the helm of the company's Saudi operation. Alobaidan has extensive experience in the telecommunications sector, having worked with companies such as Zain and Ericsson to help develop their business in KSA. Alobaidan has also played an instrumental role in the development of the Economic Cities Telecom Business Models and Business Plans in KSA.

In his new role at Ciena, Mr. Alobaidan will focus on developing relationships with Saudi telecom operators for Ciena's products and services, as well as building a dedicated local team of specialists to serve these customers. He will also assume responsibility for local channel and service partnerships.

"It's a great point in time to be joining an industry leader like Ciena," said Yasser Alobaidan, Country Manager, Saudi Arabia at Ciena. "The rise of broadband, data services and mobile applications that can be observed in Saudi raises the strain on existing networks and creates growing demand for next-generation infrastructures. I strongly believe that Ciena's offering is a great fit to meeting this kind of demand."

With regional headquarters in Abu Dhabi and global in Linthicum, Maryland, Ciena offers leading network infrastructure solutions, intelligent software and a comprehensive services practice to service providers, enterprises, governments, as well as research and education organisations across the globe. 

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