EPIK Says No to Sycamore

EPIK Communications Inc., the telecom wholesale unit of Florida East Coast Industries Inc., confirmed today that it would not be using Sycamore Networks Inc.'s (Nasdaq: SCMR) SN 8000 transport products in its network.

"We tested [the SN 8000] and came to that decision a while ago," says Husein Cumber, a spokesman for EPIK. EPIK announced its intent to deploy Sycamore gear on October 31, 2000.

"What we announced several quarters ago was an intent to deploy equipment, not a trial" says Richard Williams, a Sycamore spokesman. "The decision not to deploy was mutual." It's not clear what kind of revenue such a contract would have meant for Sycamore, but sagging sales have plagued the company (along with everyone else) for months. Recently the equipment maker predicted that revenues for its first fiscal quarter of 2001 would be at least 67 percent lower than the comparable year-ago quarter (see Sycamore Waterlogged).

Though bad news seems to be growing on Sycamore trees, the company is hanging some hope on its contracts with NTT Corp. and KPNQwest NV (Nasdaq/Amsterdam: KQIP), which were just landed in the past few months.

As far as EPIK is concerned, Corvis Corp. (Nasdaq: CORV) may have better news in the near future. The carrier says it is still in the process of evaluating Corvis's CorWave Optical Convergence Switch for use in metropolitan area networks. EPIK announced in July that deployment details regarding the switch would be worked out this quarter.

EPIK won't say how big that deal is potentially. The company did reiterate, however, that a deployment decision has not been made and no revenue has been committed to Corvis.

The carrier currently buys metro DWDM gear from ONI Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: ONIS), long-haul DWDM gear from Nortel Networks Corp. (NYSE/Toronto: NT), and Internet routers from Juniper Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: JNPR).

- Phil Harvey, Senior Editor, Light Reading
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fk 12/4/2012 | 7:53:25 PM
re: EPIK Says No to Sycamore IMHO, this looks like a gratuitous attempt
to slam Sycamore and pump up Corvis.

Where's Cogswell? Oh, yeah. He's off in another thread, arguing the opposite.

I've never seen so many paranoids in my life. "It's because Sycamore is a big advertiser." "It's because Sycamore isn't a big advertiser." You can't both be right. Maybe, just maybe, the accusations of bias are more reflective of the accusers than the accusees.

Brattain 12/4/2012 | 7:53:23 PM
re: EPIK Says No to Sycamore > Since LR reported that EPIK *was* a Sycamore
> customer a while back, are you saying LR should
> not correct their own stories?

If the purpose of this story is to correct
a previous article, then WHY isn't that
article referenced or mentioned?

And in reference to the other post, if you
want to accuse me of being bias, then
provide some reasons and argue the facts.
At least when I say LR is biased, I provide
my reasons.

ProjectMayhem 12/4/2012 | 7:53:21 PM
re: EPIK Says No to Sycamore >And in reference to the other post, if you
>want to accuse me of being bias, then
>provide some reasons and argue the facts.
>At least when I say LR is biased, I provide
>my reasons.

Oh Boo-Hoo. You better get back to work, now that EPIK won't buy your equipment.
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