AUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–July 31, 2006–Broadwing Communications, LLC, a consolidated subsidiary of Broadwing Corporation (NASDAQ: BWNG) today announced that Big Pipe Inc., a leading provider of data networking and Internet services to North American businesses, has purchased an OC-192-based U.S. network backbone service from Broadwing. The 10 Gbps of dedicated bandwidth provided by the upgrade will increase Big Pipe’s capacity on three key routes: Seattle to San Jose, Calif.; San Jose to Chicago; and Ashburn, Va., to New York.
Big Pipe, a division of Shaw Communications, one of Canada’s largest communications companies, provides IP-based backbone services to Internet service providers, carriers and large enterprises. Services include Transparent Local Area Network (TLS), Internet, private line and video transport.
“Broadwing’s unique leading-edge optical network has provided the reliability and security that Big Pipe requires to offer broadband services to our customers,” said Greg MacLean, Big Pipe’s vice president and general manager. “The upgrade of three key segments of our network to 10 Gbps underscores our commitment to our customers and is a testament to the excellent relationship we have with Broadwing.”
The multi-million dollar agreement builds on the reciprocal relationship established between the two companies in 2004. That agreement provided for Broadwing to supply network services to Big Pipe in the United States and for Big Pipe to supply Broadwing with network services throughout Canada. Broadwing owns and operates an advanced all-optical network and IP backbone, and provides data, voice, and media solutions to carriers and large enterprises.
“Big Pipe is demonstrating both its competitiveness and its commitment to customers by upgrading capacity on key routes to 10 Gbps,” said Scott Widham, president of sales and marketing for Broadwing. “They are the type of aggressive service provider who can take best advantage of our all-optical network to offer bandwidth-intensive solutions to demanding Fortune 1000 companies.”