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Spokane Valley's Ciena operations still producing Carrier Ethernet devices

A week ago we spotted the announcement that tech provider Ciena had signed a deal to replace underwater cable between the U.S. and Japan. This made us wonder if Ciena's Spokane Valley office had anything to do with that coast-to-coast project.

It doesn't, we learned. Ciena acquired the former Worldwide Packets some years ago, and like many out-of-town owners, they've kept a low profile. We're not even sure how many people work in that location, on Sullivan Road.

That operation, since it's the remnant of Bernard Daines' Carrier Ethernet company, is tightly focused on that very technology. If you know much about telecom and enterprise-level delivery of data, you're aware that Carrier Ethernet is still one of the enduring standards.

Instead of doing the underwater cable, the Spokane Valley folks can point to deals like this one in Germany, which shows the enduring appeal of their products.

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