Big Pipe Selects Broadwing Communications for 10 Gbps Network Upgrade

August 1, 2006

broadwing.jpgAUSTIN, 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.”

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Broadwing Appoints Stephen E. Courter New CEO and Director

July 25, 2006

broadwing.jpgBroadwing Corporation (NASDAQ: BWNG), today announced that the Company’s Board of Directors has appointed Stephen E. Courter as the Chief Executive Officer for Broadwing Corporation, a leading supplier of innovative data, voice and media solutions for both enterprises and service providers. He will also join the Corporation’s Board of Directors.

Mr. Courter brings over 20 years of telecommunications, financial and international experience to his new position. He led fiber-optic service provider Neon Communications, Inc., as CEO and Chairman until its merger with Globix Corporation in 2005. At Neon, he expanded the customer base, strengthened the balance sheet and guided the company through four consecutive years of steady revenue growth. Prior to Neon, Mr. Courter served as CEO of Enertel in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, and was also a Vice President for Sprint and Sprint International. Earlier in his career, he held positions with IBM and KPMG after serving as a Captain in the United Sates Army, a tour that included service during Operation Desert Storm. He is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and holds an MBA from George Washington University.

“We believe Mr. Courter’s knowledge and leadership approach will enable Broadwing to build on its reputation for providing effective communications solutions. He has a proven record of success and significant experience in the telecommunications industry. He has demonstrated that he is a customer-focused team player able to grow revenue and improve operations,” said Donald R. Walker, chair of the Board’s Nominating and Governance Committee.

“I look forward to working with the entire Broadwing team to help our company to capitalize on the opportunities I see ahead of us,” said Mr. Courter.

Mr. Courter will assume his duties as CEO immediately. He succeeds Dr. David Huber, Chairman of the Board, who transitioned out of the CEO role earlier this year. Mr. Courter will be supported by the senior management team that has operated Broadwing in the interim, a team comprised of Scott Widham, President of Sales & Marketing; Lynn D. Anderson, Chief Financial Officer; and Kim Larsen, Senior Vice President, M&A/Corporate Development and General Counsel.


Infinera Optical Networking Equipment

July 17, 2006

broadwing.jpgBroadwing Corporation Selects Infinera for Next-Generation Optical Networking Equipment; Infinera Licenses Corvis Intellectual Property and Assumes Responsibility for Legacy Corvis Gear

Broadwing Corporation (NASDAQ:BWNG) today announced that it has selected Infinera’s DTN optical system to enhance its leading-edge optical network. The Infinera DTN optical platform is the first telecommunications system based on photonic integrated circuits (PICs). It combines the scalability of Dense Wave Division Multiplexing (DWDM) with the flexibility of digital switching and power of GMPLS service intelligence.

“The decision to evolve our network is significant and is a result of much research and analysis. This work leads us to the conclusion that the Infinera DTN is an important new technology in the continuing evolution of Broadwing’s industry-leading transmission network architecture,” said Mike Jones, Chief Technology Officer for Broadwing. “We believe that continuing our optical technology leadership will benefit our customers — and adding Infinera to our roster of strategic suppliers will help us to maintain that leadership.”

The Infinera DTN will enable Broadwing to deploy a robust platform to meet customers’ current and future service needs without requiring costly or operationally disruptive upgrades. Infinera’s Digital Optical Networking will enable Broadwing to offer managed wavelength services to more cities in their nationwide network while benefiting from the economics of an architecture that combines transport and flexible switching in a single platform. It also will facilitate many new service capabilities, including:

    —  Path to future 40Gb/s OC-768/STM-256 services

    —  Gigabit Ethernet Private line Service without a separate SONET
        layer

    —  Future protected wavelength services up to 50ms plus full
        bit-transparency

    —  10 Gigabit Ethernet LAN PHY

In addition, Infinera is licensing key Corvis intellectual property including Raman amplification. Infinera also will take over manufacturing and maintenance support for Broadwing’s CorWave network with members of the Corvis engineering, manufacturing, and support team becoming Infinera employees. Read the rest of this entry »