EPIK Communications and Corvis agree to field trial of multiband switch

July 18, 2001--Corvis Corporation, a provider of intelligent optical networking solutions, and EPIK Communications Incorporated, the telecommunications subsidiary of Florida East Coast Industries, Inc., announced a field trial agreement under which EPIK will be the first customer of the CorWave Optical Convergence Switch, a multiband networking product.

Corvis Corporation (NASDAQ: CORV), a provider of intelligent optical networking solutions, and EPIK Communications Incorporated (EPIK), the telecommunications subsidiary of Florida East Coast Industries, Inc. (NYSE: FLA, FLA.b) (FECI), announced that the companies have signed a field trial agreement under which EPIK will be the first customer of the CorWave Optical Convergence Switch (OCS), a multiband networking product. After successful completion of the field trial, which is scheduled to start later this year, EPIK intends to deploy the CorWave OCS at major metro aggregation points in its network. The terms of the deployment are expected to be finalized during the third quarter of this year.

As EPIK expands its metropolitan network service area with the deployment of additional dense wave division multiplexing (DWDM) rings, the CorWave OCS product will allow it to manage traffic intelligently at both the wavelength and sub-wavelength level. Metropolitan area networks consist of many DWDM rings, which can now be interconnected by a common, heterogeneous platform with inherent electrical and optical wavelength switching capabilities.

The CorWave OCS, which Corvis introduced in June 2001, allows carriers to integrate existing voice-based access, metro, regional and national networks as well as all-optical express networks onto a single network element. It incorporates electrical and optical switching on a single platform, and enables seamless network management across multiple network topologies, such as point-to-point, ring and mesh architectures.

The CorWave OCS is part of Corvis' CorWave product family of optical networking solutions, which enable network service providers to offer advanced wavelength services to their customers at competitive prices.

About EPIK Communications:

EPIK Communications, a carriers' carrier, is lighting up a regional fiber network in the Southeastern United States and developing a fiber footprint beyond the Southeast via swaps. For more information, visit www.epik.net.

About Corvis:

Corvis Corporation is a provider of next-generation optical services networks. For more information, visit www.corvis.com.

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