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Fujitsu Successfully Demonstrates Open ROADM Interoperability in AT&T ROADM Field Trial

Multivendor Software Control and Open Hardware Help Drive AT&T’s Network Vision, Enabling Efficiency, Innovation and Cost Savings

Fujitsu Network Communications Inc.

Richardson, TX, December 19, 2016
Fujitsu, a leading provider of business, information technology, and communications solutions, has successfully completed an Open ROADM interoperability field trial on AT&T’s network using the Virtuora® multivendor software-defined networking solution and 1FINITY™ open hardware platform. The field trial marks an industry first in enabling multivendor interoperability for optical transport carrying live customer traffic.  The successful completion of this field trial brings AT&T one step closer to better meeting customers’ changing bandwidth needs and providing a more scalable, flexible network, as well as increasing efficiency, innovation and cost savings. 

The trial was an extension of the Open ROADM Multi-Source Agreement (MSA), which defines interoperability specifications for Reconfigurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexers (ROADMs), including the ROADM switches, transponders and pluggable optics. The goal of the MSA is to move away from a traditionally closed ROADM optical transport network and toward a disaggregated open transport network, while allowing for centralized software control. 

The multivendor field trial consisted of a 100 Gbps optical wavelength in the Dallas metro area carrying live customer traffic. Fujitsu provided transponders and ROADMs from their 1FINITY open hardware platform (1FINITY T300, 1FINITY L100/L110) connecting to high capacity IP/MPLS routers.  The 100G wavelength was provisioned using the Virtuora SDN Network Controller, which was integrated into the AT&T ECOMP architecture via REST APIs.

“As an Open ROADM MSA member, Fujitsu shares our customers' vision for software-defined optical networks,” said Rod Naphan, chief technology officer at Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc. “Our 1FINITY hardware and Virtuora multivendor software platforms were designed based on the principles of openness, scalability and interoperability – which translate to cost savings, faster services deployment and improved network performance for service providers. We will continue striving to help customers like AT&T achieve their network vision.”

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: December 19, 2016
City: Richardson, TX
Company: Fujitsu Network Communications Inc.