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Fujitsu Micro Packet ONP Introduces Connection-oriented Ethernet (COE) to the Optical Network

FLASHWAVE® 4100 ES Platform Now Combines COE and Optical Networking to Simplify Delivery of Mobile Backhaul and High-Performance Ethernet Services

Fujitsu Network Communications Inc.

Richardson, TX, October 13, 2009

Fujitsu, a leading provider of business, information technology, and communications solutions, announced today that Connection-oriented Ethernet (COE) is available for its FLASHWAVE® 4100 ES platform to create a Micro Packet Optical Networking Platform (Packet ONP). Now, any of the 10,000+ installed FLASHWAVE 4100 ES systems can offer high-performance Connection-oriented Ethernet services by simply installing new COE cards and performing an in-service software upgrade to the existing nodes. The FLASHWAVE 4100 ES Micro Packet ONP, in conjunction with the EoX Gateway on the FLASHWAVE 9500 Packet ONP (also announced today), provides a complete backhaul, aggregation and service delivery solution over SONET or native Ethernet over Fiber.

Applications that benefit the new COE enhancements include mobile backhaul, wholesale Ethernet access, metro Ethernet business services, and backhaul of triple play residential services including broadband Internet access from DSLAM, PON or CMTS equipment. The platform is ideal for mobile backhaul applications due to its native support for T1s and Ethernet. Existing FLASHWAVE 4100 ES cell site deployments currently providing T1 backhaul for legacy 2G/3G services can be upgraded to deliver the high-quality, Connection-oriented Ethernet capabilities required for Ethernet-based 3G and 4G wireless services. The FLASHWAVE 4100 ES platform is environmentally hardened to operate within the harsh environment of a cell site outside plant (OSP) cabinet.

“Connection-oriented Ethernet delivers the stringent QoS, performance, high availability, and security of SONET while providing the networking efficiency, bandwidth scalability and flexibility of native Ethernet,” said Rod Naphan, vice president of product and strategic planning at Fujitsu Network Communications. “The addition of COE to our popular FLASHWAVE 4100 ES platform enables longer-term revenue opportunities for our customers. As their wireless service provider customers migrate to 4G, the platform supports a graceful transition from Ethernet over SONET to native Ethernet over fiber.”

Customers who have deployed the FLASHWAVE 4100 ES platform can take advantage of the new COE capabilities to gain additional revenue from high-performance Ethernet services without incurring the cost and delays of building an overlay access network. While traditional EoS requires dedicated bandwidth in increments of 50 Mbps for each Ethernet connection to a cell site or customer premises, the FLASHWAVE 4100 ES system delivers path-protected Connection-oriented Ethernet services in 1 Mbps bandwidth granularity over the same fiber as the TDM services.

Applications such as mobile backhaul that require ultra-high availability will benefit from the use of the FLASHWAVE 4100 ES Micro Packet ONP. Multiple levels of fault tolerance, including Ethernet UNI (link) protection using IEEE 802.3ad link aggregation, 50ms EVC (service) path protection using ITU-T G.8031, and equipment-level protection ensure non-stop operation. Ethernet link and service OAM (Operations, Administration, and Management) is provided using ITU-T Y.1731 and IEEE 802.1ag.

The FLASHWAVE 4100 ES platform includes an integrated T1 Network Interface Unit (NIU) and Ethernet Network Interface Device (NID) to eliminate multiple external devices. This capability expedites service activation and fault mitigation by enabling more accurate fault isolation before an on-site visit by a service technician is required.

The FLASHWAVE 4100 ES Micro Packet ONP is remotely managed using the Fujitsu NETSMART® 1500 Element Management System (EMS), which is the single, unified management system for the entire portfolio of Fujitsu FLASHWAVE MSPP, DWDM, and Packet Optical Networking Platform products. The NETSMART 1500 EMS supports the full FCAPS (fault, configuration, accounting, performance, and security) model and framework, and is currently managing over 175,000 network elements across North America. The platform is available in standard local server-based and hosted versions.

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

About Fujitsu

Fujitsu is a leading provider of IT-based business solutions for the global marketplace. With approximately 175,000 employees supporting customers in 70 countries, Fujitsu combines a worldwide corps of systems and services experts with highly reliable computing and communications products and advanced microelectronics to deliver added value to customers. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.6 trillion yen (US$47 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2009.
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Date: October 13, 2009
City: Richardson, TX
Company: Fujitsu Network Communications Inc.,