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Fujitsu Named a Preferred Supplier to The Quilt Consortium of Research and Education Facilities

FLASHWAVE® Optical Transport Solutions Now Available for Coalition of Advanced Regional Network Organizations

Fujitsu Network Communications Inc.

Richardson, TX, April 18, 2007

Fujitsu Network Communications Inc., a leading supplier of IT and wireline/wireless networking solutions, announced today that it has become a preferred supplier of optical transport solutions for The Quilt research/education consortium as part of their Vendor Affiliate Program. Now, the Fujitsu FLASHWAVE® 4500 multiservice provisioning platform (MSPP), FLASHWAVE 7420 managed wavelength platform and FLASHWAVE 7500 reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexer (ROADM) platforms are available to members of The Quilt for immediate deployment within their regional optical networks.

Comprised of 28 leading U.S.-based research and networking organizations, The Quilt is a dynamic forum where leaders from throughout the advanced research and education network community build on the intellectual capital and best practices of network equipment providers. The agreement allows members of The Quilt to purchase the cost-effective, high-performance FLASHWAVE optical transport platforms directly from Fujitsu, and give the research and education community access to optical transport platforms that support the ever-increasing bandwidth requirements of educational institutions without the need to reinvest in capital equipment.

"The Fujitsu optical transport platforms are ideal for our members needs for state-of-the-art regional networks," said Hudnall Croasdale, executive director of The Quilt. "Not only do the platforms give us advanced functionality, they’re also proven solutions that are widely deployed in metropolitan, regional, and long-haul applications within the carrier class network deployed by major carriers."

"As a strong advocate of research and education, Fujitsu often collaborates on research projects with the academic community, joining forces to pioneer innovative technologies such as optical network optimization and applications of Generalized Multiprotocol Label Switching (GMPLS)." said Jim Hintze, senior vice president of marketing at Fujitsu Network Communications. "This agreement extends our partnership with academia, enabling members of The Quilt to construct advanced regional optical networks based on the most reliable and widely-deployed optical transport solutions in North America."

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 $43.2B company with over 160,000 professionals in more than 100 countries, Fujitsu enables their customers to build or seamlessly migrate to fully converged networks that improve network performance and profitability. Nearly 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

About The Quilt

The Quilt gathers more than 28 leading research and education networking organizations in the United States to promote consistent, reliable, interoperable and efficient advanced networking services that extend to the broadest possible community; and to represent common interests in the development and delivery of advanced network services. Participants in The Quilt provide network service for more than 200 universities and research institutions across the United States. Member organizations are involved in leading research projects that span the range of advanced scientific and technological subjects. For more information, see:

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Date: April 18, 2007
City: Richardson, TX
Company: Fujitsu Network Communications Inc.