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Broadwing Corporation, formerly Corvis Corporation and incorporated in June 1997, is the parent company of Broadwing Communications, LLC and Corvis Equipment Corporation. Broadwing Communications provides telecommunications solutions to enterprises, carriers and government entities. The Company's nationwide, all-optical network enables the delivery of data, voice, video and high-capacity bandwidth services. Corvis Equipment Corporation develops advanced optical networking equipment selling primarily to the United States Government. The Optical Convergence Switch (OCS) is an optical-to-electrical-optical (OEO), cross-connect switch with a high density and capacity. It also developed a field-deployed, all-optical solution and offers a path for any network to migrate to an all-optical infrastructure.
In September 2004, the Company acquired Focal Communications Corporation, a Chicago-based competitive local exchange carrier. The acquisition will expand the Company's customer base, network reach and portfolio of voice, data and video network services. With the close of the Focal acquisition, Broadwing will gain approximately 4,000 enterprise and wholesale customers in 23 tier one markets throughout the United States. The combined Broadwing/Focal communications services networking business will operate in the marketplace under the name Broadwing Communications, LLC.
Corvis provides an array of data and voice communications services that include voice Internet access and data networking. The Company has designed these communications services to meet the needs of business customers of various sizes, from small and medium businesses to multi-location businesses, large enterprise, and carrier and wholesale customers. It offers an Internet product portfolio that provides customized solutions, ranging from Internet protocol (IP) virtual private networks (VPNs) to dial-up Internet. The Company's Internet offerings include dedicated Internet that provides fixed capacity through a reliable, constant connection to the Internet via its all-optical switched network; IP VPN that enables its customers to create their own network by renting a piece of its network; IP videoconferencing to conduct meetings face to face, without the added expense of traveling personnel, and international dedicated Internet, a fast, reliable and fully managed access service, which is ideal for companies that want continuous connection to the Internet for their international locations.
The Company provides dedicated transmission capacity on its networks to customers that desire high-bandwidth links between locations. In addition, fiber optic technology that enables signals to be transmitted at different wavelengths on a single fiber allows Corvis to lease one or more dedicated wavelengths to customers that desire high-bandwidth links between locations. Corvis' data offerings include Frame Relay & Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) services, which offer scalable and manageable network solutions for wide area networks (WAN) and enterprise networking with multiple types of traffic (data, voice, video and imaging); Private Line, an end-to-end non-switched circuit, allowing its customers to create their own data network by renting a piece of its network; MultiConnect Private Line that provides the performance, security and flexibility of a private line network with flat-rate, distance-insensitive pricing, and International Frame Relay & Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM), which provides network solutions that allow the exchange of multiple types of traffic between domestic and international locations.
Corvis' equipment services division designs, manufactures and sells high-performance all-optical and electrical/optical communications systems. The Company provides installation and professional services that support its product offerings. These products include terrestrial ultra-long distance optical signal transmission, reception and amplification equipment, all-optical and electrical/optical switching equipment and software that enable the creation of all-optical and optical backbone networks. By deploying its products, carriers eliminate the need for expensive and bandwidth-limiting electrical regeneration and switching equipment, significantly reducing costs, increasing network capacity and allowing them to more quickly and efficiently provide new services. Corvis' products allow carriers to provision and use their networks more efficiently, enabling the transmission of optical signals in greater capacity over longer distances than existing technology.
The Corvis Optical Convergence Switch (OCS) is an optical-electrical-optical (OEO) cross-connect switch providing standard point-to-point, ring and mesh networking functionality enabling carriers to deliver current synchronous optical network technologies/synchronous digital hierarchy (SONET/SDH) services. The Corvis Optical Network (ON) offers a portfolio of integrated optical transport and all-optical switching products that utilizes new technology to enable all-optical and electrical/optical networking solutions with ultra-long haul transport to support SONET/SDH, IP and other next-generation services over backbone networks. Corvis' integrated ultra-long haul and long-haul optical transport and all-optical switching products have been deployed in carrier networks including Broadwing's network, carrying commercial traffic.
The Company's suite of software tools provides carriers with fault detection and administration and configuration at the service, element and network levels, as well as network planning capabilities. Corvis' software tools are designed to accelerate network planning and provisioning and the implementation of services across the optical network, and to facilitate network monitoring, maintenance, and troubleshooting.
Corvis's competitors include Alcatel, Cisco, Lucent, Nortel, Ciena, AT&T, MCI, Sprint Corporation, Level 3 Communications, Inc., Qwest Communications International, Inc. and Wiltel Communications.