Fujitsu Simplifies Business Service Delivery with New Platform for the Network Edge : FLASHWAVE® CDS Packet Optical Networking Platform Delivers Connection-Oriented Ethernet & TDM in a Compact, Modular System

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Service providers are finding that the best way to reduce the cost of delivering new packet-based services is to enhance their existing network infrastructure instead of building a separate overlay Ethernet network. That’s why Fujitsu Network Communications, a leading supplier of innovative optical and wireless networking solutions, announced today the FLASHWAVE® CDS Packet Optical Networking Platform, a compact and completely new access platform designed specifically for enabling the network transition to connection-oriented Ethernet services.

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Last year's introduction of the FLASHWAVE 9500 Packet Optical Networking Platform brought cost savings and efficiencies to the metro aggregation and transport parts of the network in a platform that combines SONET, connection-oriented Ethernet, and ROADM. Our new FLASHWAVE CDS system brings those same benefits to the access portion of the network.

"With the introduction of the FLASHWAVE CDS system, Fujitsu has solved the aggregation and access challenges that carriers face as they transition their networks to be more packet-focused," said Jim Hintze, senior vice president of marketing at Fujitsu Network Communications. "Last year's introduction of the FLASHWAVE 9500 Packet Optical Networking Platform brought cost savings and efficiencies to the metro aggregation and transport parts of the network in a platform that combines SONET, connection-oriented Ethernet, and ROADM. Our new FLASHWAVE CDS system brings those same benefits to the access portion of the network."

The FLASHWAVE CDS platform delivers high-density, connection-oriented Ethernet, SONET, and TDM circuit emulation services in a compact, modular platform. It is designed to address a wide range of aggregation and transport applications, including mobile backhaul services, Digital Subscriber Line Access Multiplexer (DSLAM) transport, and Ethernet business services. The system's breadth of interface units ensures support for private-line-quality Ethernet transport for business services as well as existing, revenue-bearing SONET-based services. It is ideal for use as enterprise customer premises equipment (CPE) and in multi-tenant/multi-floor office buildings and outside plant cabinets.

"Most carriers are in the midst of a transition to packet/Ethernet services to deliver the increasing bandwidth that their customers demand," said Sterling Perrin, senior analyst at Heavy Reading. "But, these same businesses won't abandon their TDM-based PBX and TDM networking gear until their current investments have been depreciated and certainly not until they have a solid business reason to upgrade. As a result, we expect Ethernet to be a growth driver in terms of new services, but we also expect DS-n and OC-n services to remain viable for many, many years to come."

FLASHWAVE CDS Platform – Technical Details

The system is a modular two-slot, 2RU (3.5" high) unit that incorporates any number of low-cost, pluggable multi-service interfaces units, including: low-speed packet (100 Mbps and Gigabit Ethernet), high-speed packet (Gigabit and 10 Gigabit Ethernet), SONET/OTU1 (OC-3, OC-12, OC-48 and Gigabit Ethernet), and packet/TDM combinations (Gigabit Ethernet and DS1/DS3). This flexibility allows nodes to deliver packet services, SONET/EoS services, or any combination of packet and TDM services.

With over 400,000 Fujitsu network elements deployed across North America, the FLASHWAVE CDS system can connect to a large installed base of Fujitsu optical transport platforms. A typical FLASHWAVE 7500 application would use the SONET/OTU1 interfaces in the FLASHWAVE CDS system to provide OC-3, OC-12, OC-48, and Gigabit Ethernet services from a metro ROADM network to large enterprise customers. In addition, the substantial Ethernet aggregation and transport capabilities of the FLASHWAVE CDS system integrate well with the impressive packet features of the award-winning FLASHWAVE 9500 platform announced last year.

The FLASHWAVE CDS platform will be on display along with other innovative optical and wireless solutions at the upcoming NXTcomm conference and exhibition in Fujitsu booth #SU3104 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

About Fujitsu Network Communications Inc.

Fujitsu Network Communications Inc. is an innovator and strategic partner with over 20 years of experience as a leading provider of wireline and wireless networking solutions that solve critical business issues and enable new services. With the support of Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702), a $53B company with approximately 160,000 professionals in 70 countries, Fujitsu enables their customers to build or seamlessly migrate to fully converged networks that improve network performance and profitability. Over 400,000 Fujitsu network elements have been deployed by all major carriers across North America. Fujitsu maintains a well-established and highly-regarded position as a market leader by providing the best-in-breed data networking solutions that drive next-generation access, core, and wireless networks. For more information, please visit http://us.fujitsu.com/telecom.

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