Corvis unit to offer digital service

Broadwing operation to provide superior video transmission

April 15, 2004|By Andrea K. Walker | Andrea K. Walker,SUN STAFF

Broadwing Communications Services, a subsidiary of Corvis Corp., said yesterday that it will begin offering digital transmission to media and broadcast companies from an operations center that it is opening in Columbia.

The new transmission will allow media companies, some of which are using a less-advanced analog system, to transmit video broadcasts on a digital line, which Broadwing says will produce clearer pictures.

"It's a specially designed system to enhance the capability for media companies who are bringing live content from venues such as sports venues," said Delwin Bothof, vice president and general manager of media services for Broadwing, which is based in Dallas.

The operations center is being built at Corvis' headquarters in Columbia. Bothof said Broad- wing is using Corvis engineers for initial construction of the center and doesn't know how many employees it will hire once it is operating.

Corvis bought Broadwing in June as part of its strategy of moving away from its original mission as a maker of fiber-optic equipment. Broadwing carries voice, video and Internet traffic on its 19,000-mile optical network.

Sam Greenholtz, a principal with Telecom Pragmatics, which is based in Birmingham, Ala., said the audience for the digital transmission is limited because many Internet companies and media companies have that kind of access or are working to develop similar systems.

"It could be somewhat significant through an Internet standpoint, but other than that they're pulling at straws," Greenholtz said.

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