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Fujitsu FLASHWAVE® 7500 ROADM Granted “RUS Technical Acceptance” by Rural Utilities Service

Government Funding from the RUS Branch of the USDA Allows Rural Communities to Reap Benefits of Next-Generation ROADM Technology

Fujitsu Network Communications Inc.

Richardson, TX, April 23, 2009

Fujitsu Network Communications, a leading supplier of innovative optical and wireless networking solutions, announced today that the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) branch of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has granted “RUS Technical Acceptance” to the Fujitsu FLASHWAVE® 7500 Reconfigurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexer (ROADM). By adding the platform to the RUS List of Acceptable Materials (Telecommunications), the USDA has made it easier for rural communities to use federal stimulus funds to create next-generation optical networks that can bring video, residential broadband, enterprise connectivity, and other advanced services to underserved markets.

With RUS approval, the FLASHWAVE 7500 platform joins many other Fujitsu platforms on the RUS List of Acceptable Materials (Telecommunications). Products currently on this list include the FLASHWAVE 4500 Multi-Service Provisioning Platform (MSPP), the FLASHWAVE 4300 optical aggregation platform, the FLASHWAVE 4100 optical access platform, the FLASHWAVE 4010 remote SONET extension platform, the FLASHWAVE 7120 managed wavelength system, and the FLASHWAVE 7420 Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) platform.

The RUS provides independent and rural utilities and telecommunications service providers with low-interest financing to assist in the purchase of new equipment. The financing serves to keep deployment costs down, and the savings can be passed to consumers and foster competition with services offered by larger regional and national carriers. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 includes an allocation of more than $7B for broadband initiatives, and all Fujitsu platforms on the RUS List of Acceptable Materials are eligible for purchase using federal stimulus funds.

“Our FLASHWAVE 7500 ROADM is widely-deployed by many of the world’s largest cable/MSOs and telecom companies, but now that our platform is on the RUS List of Acceptable Materials, rural service providers can finally reap many of the same reliability and scalability benefits in their own networks,” said Doug Moore, senior vice president of marketing at Fujitsu Network Communications. “The advanced ROADM, optical hubbing and 40G transport capabilities of the FLASHWAVE 7500 platform will help bring exciting new broadband services to rural communities while keeping costs in control for the carriers who serve them.”

Rural broadband access has been gaining significant attention with the passage of the ARRA of 2009. To assist rural broadband providers, Fujitsu is pleased to sponsor a live broadcast from Washington on Monday, April 27, 2009 at 4:00 PM EST to discuss selection criteria and application strategies for the two broadband-related programs funded through the ARRA. Panel attendees will include experts and practitioners with years of Washington policy experience to help attendees prepare a focused application that reflects the nature of each agency’s program and the intent of the stimulus law. Registration for this free event can be found at http://www.bulldogsolutions.net/Fujitsu/FNC04272009/frmRegistration.aspx?bdls=19150.

About Fujitsu Network Communications Inc.

Fujitsu Network Communications Inc. is an innovator in Connection-oriented Ethernet, 4G/LTE wireless and optical transport technologies, and is a market-leading provider of packet optical networking solutions that incorporate advanced SONET, ROADM, and Ethernet capabilities. With the support of Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702), a $53B company with approximately 160,000 professionals in 70 countries, Fujitsu enables its customers to migrate to fully converged packet optical networks that improve performance and profitability. Over 400,000 Fujitsu network elements have been deployed by all major carriers across North America. Fujitsu maintains a longstanding and highly-regarded position as a market leader by providing best-in-class data networking solutions optimized for Ethernet service delivery and transport. For more information, please visit http://us.fujitsu.com/telecom.

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Date: April 23, 2009
City: Richardson, TX
Company: Fujitsu Network Communications Inc.,