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January 1, 2001

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Posted: 01/2001

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* Broadwing Communications, a wholly owned subsidiary of Broadwing
Inc. (www.broadwing.com), has purchased
CIENA Corp.’s (www.ciena.com) MultiWave
CoreDirector to deploy on its nationwide all-optical network as its platform for
delivering next-generation communications services via an intelligent optical
mesh network supported by automated, real-time optical provisioning,
restoration, protection and switching. CoreDirector brings software-, silicon-
and optics-based intelligence to service provider networks for high-capacity
optical switching, dynamic network protection and restoration, and real-time
service provisioning. Its density, scalability, range of optical interfaces and
software-definable switching granularity eliminate the need for additional SONET/SDH
add/drop multiplexers and legacy cross-connects in next-generation network
architectures.

Broadwing also recently announced a three-year deal with WideOpenWest, LLC (www.wideopenwest.com)
to provide scaleable bandwidth for the company’s high-speed Internet services.
Under the agreement, Broadwing provides WideOpenWest dedicated Internet access
to its 18,000-mile, next-generation, pure IP network for WideOpenWest’s
high-speed Internet and broadband voice services.

* Aerie Networks (www.aerienetworks.com)
broke ground Dec. 12 on the first two legs of the Eastern ring of its planned
20,000-mile broadband fiber network from Kansas City to Chicago and New York to
Washington, D.C. The groundbreaking marks the start of the first new, national
broadband network to begin construction during the past decade. The company’s
plans include a capacity network that will have 14,958 miles along 12 energy and
communications companies’ rights of way; installation of 432 fiber count Corning
LEAF optical fiber, totaling 8.9 million fiber miles; and will deploy more than
$1 billion in Nortel Networks’ OPTeraT portfolio connecting 194 U.S. cities.

* North American Telecom (www.NATELCO.net),
a provider based in Westbury, N.Y., has selected Jetstream Communications Inc.’s
(www.jetstream.com) CPX-1000 broadband
voice services platform to deliver bundled voice and data services to business
and government customers in target metropolitan areas of New York, Philadelphia,
Southern Florida and Washington D.C. NAtelco was expected to have completed
installation by the end of last year of Jetstream’s CPX-1000 broadband voice
services platform throughout its central office locations in New York City and
Southern Florida. It plans to roll out service in Washington, D.C. and
Philadelphia during the first half of 2001. The company will deliver bundled
local and long-distance voice and high-speed Internet services to small and
medium-sized business, government, and institutional customers.

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