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Industry Telecommunications Equipment
Fate Bankrupted
Founded 1990
Defunct 2015
Headquarters Tel Aviv, Israel
Key people

Co-Founder, Chairman of the Board and President: Izhak Tamir

Co-Founder, CEO and Director: Eric Paneth
Products Packet Transport Networking Infrastructure
Revenue $12.7 million USD (FY 2009)
Number of employees
Website www.orckit.com

Orckit-Corrigent (NASDAQ: ORCT; TASE: ORCT) was an Israel-based global supplier of telecommunications networking equipment and products that facilitated the delivery of Carrier Ethernet and TDM migration applications for telecommunication providers around the world.

Orckit-Corrigent was founded in 1990 and is headquartered in Tel Aviv, Israel. It went public in 1996, making history as the first Israeli company to face excess public demand at its initial public offering (IPO) in NASDAQ.[1] However, despite those initial large contracts the company was unable to renew them. After years of losses, the company underwent a failed debt restructuring agreement in 2012, and entered bankruptcy and liquidation proceedings in mid-2015.[2][3]

Corporate history[edit]

Orckit was founded in 1990 by Izhak Tamir and Eric Paneth.[4]

In September 1996, Orckit announced an initial public offering (IPO) of 3.3 million of its ordinary shares at a public offering price of $16.00.[5] The company then made history when its initial public offering on the Nasdaq over-the-counter exchange was postponed due to oversubscription. This made Orckit the first Israeli company ever to suffer a deferral on Nasdaq as a result of excess public demand.[1]

In 2000, Orckit founded Corrigent Systems as a fully owned subsidiary.[6] This move marked a transformation of the company, which originated as a DSL vendor, into a packet transport network (PTN) vendor. That year, the company began developing and manufacturing PTN products for metro aggregation networks and, Resilient Packet Ring (RPR) technology was developed and introduced to the market as IEEE 802.17 Standard, as part of the company's packet transport technology.[7]

In 2007, Orckit-Corrigent launched its CM4000 PTN line of products,[8] which currently serves multiple telecom providers worldwide, including leading Indian carrier Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL),[9] Deutsche Telekom,[10] a leading Pan-European Scandinavian Service Provider,[11] Mexican redIT (formerly MetroNet),[12][13] and others.

Global expansion[edit]

In August 2009, Orckit-Corrigent opened a new office in Brazil to help strengthen its Latin American presence.[14] In January 2010, Lindsay Ryan was hired as regional sales manager to head a new office in Manila, Philippines.[15] At its peak, the company had international offices in Israel, US, India, Japan, Korea, Germany, Russia, Brazil, Mexico, Thailand, and the Philippines.

In February 2010, VK Aggarwal was appointed new managing director of Orckit-Corrigent’s new India headquarters. The company also hired additional employees to better serve existing customers and develop new opportunities in the region.[16]

In March 2010, Orckit-Corrigent opened a new office in Thailand and appointed Monchai Kunwattanakorn as the new VP Sales for Thailand, Laos and Myanmar.[17]

In May 2010, Orckit-Corrigent opened a new sales office and service center in Germany, which is headed by Bernd Muehlhaus. This was an important move for the company, as the European region captures approximately a third of the global carrier ethernet market.[18] Orckit-Corrigent is active in the German market, having signed an agreement with Media Broadcast GmbH for Deutsche Telekom in 2008.[19]


Following the "dot com boom", Orckit has amassed increasing debt throughout the 2000-2010 decade, ultimately reaching a debt restructuring agreement with its creditors in 2012. In June 2014 the company was valued at 1.7 million USD, down from a peak of 2 billion USD in the early 2000s. As of June 2015, the company is in liquidation proceedings, and is expected to be sold as a stock exchange shell.[2][20]


Orckit-Corrigent's solutions offered networking infrastructure for the delivery of residential, business and mobile backhauling services]] in packet-based networks]. Orckit-Corrigent focused on what the company termed TDM migration, whereby carriers operating legacy SDH networks with growing levels of ethernet traffic are offered the ability to progressively transition to a network where traffic is offloaded to a platform that can handle both TDM and ethernet services.[21]

Orckit-Corrigent targeted the global carrier ethernet switch/router market and optical networking equipment market, offering application delivery for the PTN market and TDM migration for MSPP installed-base.[22]

The company’s PTN solution included standard and interoperable[23] MPLS and MPLS-TP switches with a wide set of transport features, enabling advanced packet, as well as legacy services, over packet transport networks. The solution also offered advanced circuit emulation and packet synchronization technologies as one of the building blocks for the TDM upgrade.[24]


The CM-4000 product family is a series of packet transport network switches. It consists of the CM-4140, CM-4206 and CM-4314T/4314 models.[25] Orckit's CM-401x portfolio of switches includes the CM-4011, CM-4012 and CM-4013 products and is fully compatible with the company's metro aggregation products.[26]


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  2. ^ a b Shauli, Avi (22 June 2014). "הסיפור העצוב של אורכית: כל הדרך מ-2 מיליארד דולר לפחות מ-2 מיליון דולר" [Orckit's Sad Story: From $2 Billion to less than $2 Million]. BizPortal (in Hebrew). Israel. Retrieved 12 December 2015. 
  3. ^ "Orckit, which once had a $1.6 billion market cap, could be sold for only NIS 500,000.". Globes. Israel. 28 June 2015. Retrieved 12 December 2015. 
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  6. ^ "Bloomberg Businessweek Profile: Corrigent Systems, Inc.". 
  7. ^ ""Corrigent Demos IEEE 802.17 RPR," Light Reading". 
  8. ^ ""Corrigent Unveils CM-4000," Light Reading". 
  9. ^ ""Orckit-Corrigent to supply Carrier Ethernet systems for BSNL broadband network in India," Lightwave". 
  10. ^ European Telecom Newsletter – February 28, 1999. 
  11. ^ ""Orckit-Corrigent Signed an Agreement with a Leading Scandinavian Service Provider," Israel Venture Capital Research Center". 
  12. ^ ""MetroNet Picks Orckit," Light Reading". 
  13. ^ "redIT Website". 
  14. ^ ""Orckit-Corrigent Strengthens Its Sales Effort in Latin America," BusinessWire". 
  15. ^ ""Orckit-Corrigent Strengthens its Sales and Marketing Efforts in the Philippines," Press Release". 
  16. ^ ""Orckit-Corrigent Strengthens its Presence in India," TradingMarkets.com". 
  17. ^ ""Orckit-Corrigent Continues Global Expansion with Local Addition in Thailand," BusinessWire". 
  18. ^ ""Orckit shares jump on new Germany office," Globes". 
  19. ^ ""Orckit-Corrigent Signs a Long Term Agreement with Media Broadcast GmbH for Deutsche Telekom's Customer in Germany," BusinessWire". 
  20. ^ Tzalik, Nir (7 September 2015). "איך השלד הבורסאי אורכית שווה כבר חצי מיליארד שקל?" [How is Orckit's Stock Shell Worth Already Half a Billion NIS?]. Calcalist (in Hebrew). Israel. Retrieved 12 December 2015. 
  21. ^ ""Interview with Izhak Tamir, Co-Founder, Chairman and Presidentof Orckit-Corrigent," Optical Keyhole". 
  22. ^ ""TDM migration and the path towards unified networks," Orckit-Corrigent". 
  23. ^ ""Orckit-Corrigent Successfully Demonstrates Full Product Line Interoperability at Carrier Ethernet World's Industry-Wide Testing Event," Yahoo Finance". 
  24. ^ ""Orckit-Corrigent Unveils Its Enhanced Mobile Backhaul Portfolio," BusinessWire". 
  25. ^ ""Corrigent Introduces a New Member in its Carrier Ethernet Transport – CE+T – Product Family," dBusinessNews". 
  26. ^ ""Corrigent Enhances Mobile Backhaul with MPLS Aggregation," Converge Network Digest". 

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