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Fujitsu-Delivered Broadband Network Supports Ohio City’s Established Businesses; Expected to Attract Entrepreneurs

FairlawnGig Municipal Utility enabling new services and improved operations for generations of professionals

Fujitsu Network Communications Inc.

Richardson, TX, November 15, 2016
Fujitsu, a leading provider of business, information technology, and communications solutions, today announced that the first two long-time Fairlawn, Ohio businesses that are connected to the City’s new broadband network, FairlawnGig, are now delivering enhanced customer service and experiencing smoother business operations. Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc. is the design-build network integrator and is operating and maintaining the network on behalf of the City.  FairlawnGig’s state-of-the-art fiber optic and carrier-grade wireless network delivers from 1 Gbps up to 100 Gbps connectivity to established enterprises, and is expected to attract new generations of professionals to the City and Akron-Fairlawn-Bath Township Joint Economic Development District (JEDD). 

FairlawnGig differs from many traditional broadband implementations in that it is the only entity within its area offering ubiquitous fiber and wireless coverage to the entire City and JEDD. By design, every service address will have access to a direct fiber connection, or fixed wireless, or standard Wi-Fi.  The reliable broadband network is more than 20 times faster than anything previously available in the area. 

While the City of Fairlawn is a small community, its leadership thinks big. The City recognized the critical importance of high-bandwidth networking, as well as its ability to entice young residents who left for college to return and build their professional lives there. And by designing FairlawnGig as an open access network, the multiple service providers leasing connectivity will fund construction and operating costs. In this way Fairlawn has become the first gigabit city in Ohio and they’ve reached that milestone without new taxes or assessments.

“Our residents and particularly our businesses have been starving for this level of connectivity,” said Ernie Staten, Deputy Director of Public Service for the City of Fairlawn. “With Fujitsu, we’re offering the Fairlawn community a broadband experience that’s second-to-none nationally. It’s not only allowing our businesses to advance their operations, but we expect it will also attract entrepreneurs – many of whose businesses depend on broadband – to Fairlawn.”

With the rollout of FairlawnGig beginning in August, the advantages of broadband are already being realized by area businesses like RDA Hotel Management Company, which owns and operates Hilton and DoubleTree hotels, as well as a 100,000 square foot office building on a 12-acre campus.  “We are very proud of our entrepreneurial legacy and soon we’ll be celebrating fifty years, making us the longest-running Hilton franchisee in the country,” said company President Rennick Andreoli. “This honor is testimony to how hard we work to keep ourselves relevant and continually re-invest in our properties to deliver the experience our guests expect with the Hilton brand.”  FairlawnGig makes it possible for the company to offer its guests a 733 percent increase in broadband access speeds throughout the hotel –speeds not currently available in most hotels in even the country’s largest cities.

Andreoli continued, “This connectivity is appreciated by all our guests, but millennials tell us it’s the most important service we deliver. Millennials are a growing market and we must be extremely sensitive to their needs; technology being foremost among them, so it’s foremost in our minds. Without question FairlawnGig gives us a local competitive advantage in attracting, retaining, and serving this sizable demographic including our loyal corporate travelers.”

David A. Levy & Associates is another Fairlawn business acknowledging the importance of FairlawnGig. Founded in 1982, this award-winning, full-service architecture firm specializes in retail, restaurant, and mixed-use design and development. Architects and support staff use a virtual desktop interface to continuously access compute-intensive design software, as well as revise and share large files, all of which reside on remote file and application servers in Buffalo, NY. Dependable high-bandwidth connectivity is a must.

The firm’s Business Development Director Neal Levy, a 30-something year old and early adopter of technology, is an enthusiastic supporter who immediately realized the positive impact FairlawnGig would have on the firm and in his home. “FairlawnGig has greatly increased our productivity and our team’s overall satisfaction with our IT infrastructure. While we move vast amounts of data to and from remote servers, FairlawnGig’s always-on, high-bandwidth connection is so fast that our staff experience the same level of performance as they’d have with on-site servers,” said Levy. “Prior to FairlawnGig, reliability was a serious issue and it took several minutes to save, transmit, and open a 50MB file. Plus, our team couldn’t work simultaneously in an AutoCAD file while it was auto saving or the file would freeze. Now it takes less than ten seconds to open or save a file.”

“Broadband transforms and it’s rewarding to see our customer’s customer get a bandwidth wow,” said Greg Manganello, Senior Vice President and Head of Services for Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc.

For more information about the network rollout schedule, please see the updated service map here.

About Fujitsu

Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company, offering a full range of technology products, solutions and services. Approximately 156,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.7 trillion yen (US$41 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016. For more information, please see www.fujitsu.com.

About Fujitsu Network Communications Inc.

Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc., is a trusted partner to a broad spectrum of customers across all industries, enabling them to realize the maximum value from their communications networks. We are a market-leading U.S.-based manufacturer of network equipment and a top U.S. patent holder in optical networking. Our solutions combine the best wireline, wireless, and software technology with extensive multivendor services expertise to deliver custom, end-to-end network integration and management solutions. For more information, please see: http://us.fujitsu.com/telecom. Follow us on Twitter @FujitsuFNC and LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/fujitsu-network-communications.

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Date: November 15, 2016
City: Richardson, TX
Company: Fujitsu Network Communications Inc.