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Fujitsu and Pacific Crossing Announce Successful Upgrade of Trans-Pacific Fiber Optic Network

-New equipment doubles network capacity to meet rapid data traffic growth between the US and Japan-

Fujitsu Limited,Pacific Crossing Limited

Tokyo, March 19, 2008

Fujitsu Limited and Pacific Crossing Limited today announced the successful completion of an upgrade project that more than doubles the capacity of the 21,000-kilometer PC-1 trans-Pacific fiber optic submarine cable network (see Figure 1).

Figure 1: Diagram of the PC-1 Network Landing points In Japan: Shima, Mie Prefecture; Ajigaura, Ibaraki Prefecture In the US: Harbour Pointe, Washington; Grover Beach, California

The project, which began in September 2007, involved the successful installation of Fujitsu's FLASHWAVE S650 submarine wavelength divisional multiplexer equipment (see Figure 2) in Pacific Crossing's cable landing stations, and the upgrade of the overall capacity to 1.98Tbps, of which 1.01Tbps is available on the two Trans-Pacific segments. The six-month contract was completed without any disruption to existing network traffic.

"The growing popularity of high-bandwidth Internet applications such as video and other forms of multimedia, interactive services, is driving bandwidth consumption on a global scale, and in particular, across the Pacific due to the growing economic importance of Asia," said Mark Simpson, CEO, Pacific Crossing. "The Fujitsu platform, combined with our industry-leading performance, network reliability and flexible subscription options, now offers our customers an unmatched solution across the vast Pacific Ocean."

Figure 2: FLASHWAVE S650 Submarine Optical Wavelength Divisional Multiplexer

The Fujitsu FLASHWAVE S650, also referred to as SLTE (Submarine Line Terminal Equipment), now brings dramatically enhanced flexibility and performance management features to Pacific Crossing's infrastructure, ensuring the highest service quality and reliability for its customers.

"Fujitsu develops high-performance, innovative solutions that are designed to extend the capabilities of our operator partners," said Dr. Terumi Chikama, Corporate Senior Vice President, Fujitsu Limited. "The Fujitsu FLASHWAVE S650 now enables Pacific Crossing to support dramatically higher bandwidth requirements while maintaining its industry leading performance across the Pacific."

PC-1 Network Overview

Pacific Crossing's 21,000-kilometer PC-1 Trans-Pacific fiber optic submarine cable network links the US and Japan. The system comprises of four segments, each containing four fiber pairs. The four segments—West, North, East and South—connect together cable landing stations at Shima, Mie Prefecture; Ajigaura, Ibaraki Prefecture; Harbour Pointe, Washington; and Grover Beach, California. Following the current upgrade, the North and South segments now offer a total of 1.01Tbps of capacity between the US and Japan. The ring system supports for linear and fully-protected services in bandwidth increments started from STM-1 to 10GbE as well as wave-level subscriptions.

About Fujitsu

Fujitsu is a leading provider of customer-focused IT and communications solutions for the global marketplace. Pace-setting device technologies, highly reliable computing and communications products, and a worldwide corps of systems and services experts uniquely position Fujitsu to deliver comprehensive solutions that create infinite possibilities for its customers' success. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 5.1 trillion yen (US$43.2 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2007. For more information, please see:

About Pacific Crossing Limited

Pacific Crossing Limited owns and operates the world's only independent, Trans-Pacific subsea network between the United States and Japan. Because the company's PC-1 system is non-consortia and carrier-neutral, it can interconnect with virtually every major carrier and provide worldwide transport to the largest telecommunications customers. The company delivers state-of-the-art capacity and managed network services at competitive prices to a growing carrier-class customer base. The company's headquarters are in Hamilton, Bermuda, with offices in San Francisco, CA and Dallas, Texas. For more information, please visit

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This press release has been revised as of December 17, 2018.

Date: 19 March, 2008
City: Tokyo
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