Corning and Cisco Systems, have announced a strategic alliance to deliver IP+ optical solutions to service providers. These solutions are expected to reduce time to market and the cost of deploying the optical network.
“Optical networking is revolutionizing the Internet and creating unprecedented opportunities that benefit the Internet ecosystem,” said Mike Volpi, senior vice president at Cisco Systems. “Corning’s expertise in optical fiber and photonic products, coupled with Cisco’s expertise in building IP-based networks is a powerful combination.”
Through this non-exclusive alliance, Corning and Cisco will form teams to develop pre-engineered optical solutions. In addition, Corning will supply optical amplifiers to Cisco.
Established in 1851, Corning manufactures optical fiber, cable and photonic products for the telecoms industry. The company also uses advanced materials to manufacture products for scientific, semiconductor and environmental markets. Corning’s revenues in 1999 were $4.7 billion.