Fujitsu FLASHWAVE® 7500 ROADM Receives Diamond Technology Award from Broadband Gear Report

June 15, 2005

Fujitsu Network Communications Inc., a leading supplier of IT and wireline/wireless networking solutions, announced today that they have received a Diamond Technology Award in the “Advanced Networking Solutions” category for their market-leading FLASHWAVE® 7500 Reconfigurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexer (ROADM).

“This platform received an extremely solid score,” said Tim Hermes, publisher of Broadband Gear Report. “Our review panel pulled no punches with their product evaluation, and the FLASHWAVE 7500 ROADM has certainly captured the respect of these industry leaders.”

The FLASHWAVE 7500 ROADM incorporates the industry’s most advanced optical technologies. The new Wavelength Selective Switch (WSS) enables multi-degree hub nodes and allows grooming across multiple Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) ring networks. It also provides lower optical loss than other switch technologies, enabling larger networks and support for additional optical nodes per network. Multi-port muxponders allow multiple signals to be multiplexed onto a single wavelength at 10 Gbps. This capability is being used by Multiple System Operators (MSOs) in several major U.S. markets to combine up to eight Gigabit Ethernet links onto a single wavelength, thus allowing thousands of Video on Demand (VOD) streams across a single network. Innovative Flexponder™ interfaces offer the function of a SONET Add/Drop Multiplexer (ADM) on a single card.

Further OPEX savings are achieved by implementing full C-band tunable narrowband optics and Small Form-factor Pluggable (SFP)-based interfaces, which allow all ITU-T wavelengths and client connections for multiple services to be supported by a single optical line card. This capability significantly simplifies sparing requirements and reduces deployment time for new services. Integrated Variable Optical Attenuators (VOAs) actively monitor the power levels on each optical channel, automatically adjusting and tuning those levels to maintain optimal network performance.

“Widespread use of our FLASHWAVE 7500 ROADM within large MSO networks is a big reason why RHK named Fujitsu the market leader in North American ROADM deployment with an 83% share,” said Bill Erickson, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Fujitsu. “The FLASHWAVE 7500 platform supports the demanding service requirements of today’s MSOs by allowing multiple voice, video, data and storage networks to be combined onto a single converged network that eliminates the cost and complexity of maintaining multiple networks.”

The FLASHWAVE 7500 ROADM will be showcased and discussed this week along with other scalable and reliable triple-play solutions in Fujitsu Booth No. 527 during the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) Cable-Tec Expo 2005 tradeshow. The exhibition runs from June 15 through June 17, 2005 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas. The platform will also be featured in a special edition of Broadband Gear Report in early June, as well as in the print edition that will be available during SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2005.

About Broadband Gear Report

Broadband Gear Report is a Hermes Media & Research publication. BGR is a bi-weekly product alert service written with the goal of helping the broadband engineering manager learn about the hardware, software, and services available to help them improve the performance and profitability of their local, regional or nationwide systems. Launched in June 2004, BGR has grown to over 6,000 active subscribers internationally, with over 40 supporting vendors.

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About Hermes Media & Research

Tim Hermes is an 11-year cable industry publishing veteran. As Publisher of Communications Technology magazine from 1998 – 2004, he launched over a dozen publications, awards and events in the broadband communications sector, including: The Broadband Leaders Retreat, CT’s PIPELINE, CT’s Readers Choice Awards, CT’s Operator of the Year, CT’s WebEvents, and created a custom internal newsletter for a leading MSO.

About Fujitsu Network Communications Inc.

Fujitsu Network Communications Inc. creates and delivers robust wireline and wireless solutions that power next-generation telecommunication networks. With an unequalled portfolio of IT and telecom products and the support of Fujitsu Limited, a $44.5B company with over 150,000 professionals in more than 100 countries, Fujitsu helps its customers fuse information and networking technology with commercial value. Over 300,000 Fujitsu network elements have been deployed by all major carriers across North America. As the metro market leader in both SONET and ROADM technology, the fundamental building blocks of next-generation networks, Fujitsu is helping customers take networking beyond convergence.

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Fujitsu Network Communications
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