In 2005, Ciena India was incorporated to leverage India’s engineering efforts in research and development for products used by the company’s customers globally. Since then, its charter has expanded significantly to now deliver domestic, regional, and global services to Ciena and its customers.

Fast-forward to today, and India is the second largest R&D site and second largest employee location for Ciena in the world: home to more than 1,250 R&D professionals, constituting more than 40% of the company’s global R&D capacity. Ciena has offices in Bangalore, Gurgaon, Mumbai, Noida, and Pune, with more than 300,000 total square feet of development facilities.

Networks and businesses in India require near-constant transformational change due to fast-evolving technology and users’ corresponding skyrocketing demands. Ciena’s customers in India are using the company’s solutions to handle today’s complexity and tomorrow’s unexpected challenges with equal ease. With presence across all major Indian operators, Ciena India can be best summarized as a local company with global expertise.

Ciena is a leading provider for all of the major network builds in India. As the pioneer of The Adaptive Network™, the company’s current portfolio spans more than a dozen key technologies, covering areas including 5G, network backhaul, and automation. Ciena can proudly claim to have revolutionized the economics of telecommunications networks in India with its leading-edge packet, optical, and software solutions, as well as professional services.

For example, last year Airtel and Ciena announced they were working together to build one of the world’s largest photonic control plane networks for delivering ultra-fast data over 4G, 5G and fiber-to-the-home. Independent research from Voice & Data has ranked Ciena the top company in the Optical Networking & Converged Networks category for the past two years.

India is a high-growth market for Ciena. Our Gurgaon Innovation centre strengthens our ability to address today’s networking challenges of customers in country and globally as they look to deploy more intelligent and adaptive solutions to find innovative ways to evolve their networks for future. This campus has world class infrastructure to extend our innovative R&D efforts, facilitate stronger customer engagements, and drive greater collaboration between our teams across the globe.- Rajesh Nambiar, Chairman & President at Ciena India

One way in which Ciena works closely with customers in India is through its local large-scale simulation labs for customisation and testing, with more than 300 certified partner service engineers available to work on site with customers. In addition to hosting these lab and repair capabilities, Ciena India is guided by business and technology leaders with decades of industry experience. In fact, with more than 90 patent filings, our India R&D centre has made valuable contributions to the company’s global foundation and vision.

Providing consistent value to its shareholders by strategically balancing Indian investments of more than USD $300 million for leading innovation, with unflinching commitment to transforming its customers' networks for the digital age, Ciena's corporate governance and high ethical standards have been cornerstone to its long-term success in India and globally. Additionally, Ciena’s corporate social responsibility practices and policies are designed to help the company operate as a supplier of choice, a certified “Great Place to Work”, and a neighbour of choice around the globe.