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Nava Networks appoints Fujitsu to build Nava-1 cable for 9,000km Singapore-Jakarta-Sydney link

Fujitsu Australia Limited

September 06, 2000

Nava Networks has appointed Fujitsu Limited to build the cable for its broadband fibre optic network, Nava-1 between Singapore, Jakarta and Sydney. Nava Networks' Director of Sales and Marketing, Brett O'Riley, said the appointment of Fujitsu was a major milestone in the Nava-1 project. "It keeps us right on track to have the Nava-1 network completed by July 2002," he said.

The Nava-1 network will provide a high capacity strategic data connection between Singapore, Indonesia and Australia. It will also connect to international cables, effectively closing the southern hemisphere loop for international systems between Europe, North America and Asia.

Mr O'Riley said "Nava-1 will add several new lanes to the Australian Information highway,effectively tripling the available international capacity in 2002 and providing the first multi-terabit high bandwidth cable directly linking the major Australian cities of Perth and Melbourne."

Putting the Nava-1 network in operation is a major IT&T project for the Asia-Australia region, with a capital budget of US$645 million. Mr O'Riley said Fujitsu would provide state-of-the-art high bandwidth fibre optic technology for the undersea cable.

The 9,000 km long cable network will use Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) repeatered 10 Gigabits technology. The undersea cable potion of the system will have a minimum of 4 fibre pairs, each equipped with a minimum of 64 channels (waves) of STM-64 (10 Gb/s). The minimum total transmission capacity for the cable will be 2.56 Terabits/second (2,560 Gb/s, equivalent to 40 million simultaneous both-ways telephone voice circuits, or transmission of over 64 full length feature films of DVD quality video per second).

"There is a strong demand for bandwidth in South East Asian and Australian telecommunications markets, and the demand is expected to grow considerably in the next few years. The Nava-1 network will provide telecommunications companies, ISPs, business-to-business e-commerce providers, web broadcasters and other bandwidth users with the capacity to meet their future needs," said Mr O'Riley.

"Nava-1 will be the first Terabit class system linking Singapore, Indonesia and Australia. There are presently no systems existing or planned along this route that can match Nava-1's capacity."

Mr O'Riley said a simple, innovative approach was the key to the fast completion of the project.

"Since the beginning of the project earlier this year, Nava Networks' sole focus is having the Nava-1 network completed by July 2002. The progress we have made in a short time - from scoping the project, to technical design, to signing Letters of Intent with customers - has been tremendous. Construction is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2001. This means we will meet our objective of being fast to market and supplying the extra bandwidth capacity that customers need, when they need it."

"We look forward to contributing to the Nava-1 project and will make every effort to ensure the successful deployment of Nava Networks' broadband communications network," said Kazuo Murano, member of the board of Fujitsu Limited and group president of Fujitsu's International Telecommunications Business Group. "We hope this achievement will enable Fujitsu's technological strengths to become even more widely recognized throughout the submarine communications industry, and we will continue to contribute to the advancement of that industry."

Fujitsu Limited is one of the leading suppliers of turnkey international submarine telecommunications networks, with more than 30 years experience. In 1973 Fujitsu became the first Japanese supplier to participate in turnkey projects in Europe, supplying a link between Germany and Sweden - and has now supplied more than six submarine projects in Europe, and the Arabian Gulf. In Asia and the Pacific region, Fujitsu was a supplier for the HJK, RJK, TVH, and APC cable systems. Recently Fujitsu has been a supplier for high-profile projects utilising optical WDM technology, including SEA-ME-WE-3 and the China-US Cable Network, and is now a major participant in the 29,000km Southern Cross Cable Network, the Japan-US Cable Network, and the North Asia Cable System.

Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) is a leading provider of Internet-based information technology solutions for the global marketplace. Comprising over 500 group companies and affiliates worldwide --including ICL, Amdahl and DMR Consulting -- it had consolidated revenues of 5.26 trillion yen (US$49.6 billion) in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2000. Fujitsu's pace-setting technologies, world- class computing and telecommunications platforms, and global corps of over 60,000 systems and services experts make it uniquely positioned to unleash the infinite possibilities of the Internet to help its customers succeed. Altogether, the Fujitsu Group has 188,000 employees and operations in over 100 countries.

Nava Networks is a wholesale carrier's carrier, providing its customers with flexible service offerings from STM-1s through 10 gigabit optical wavelengths.

Nava Networks is focused on providing extra capacity to regional users as soon as possible, through Nava-1 and other niche broadband network opportunities it will be looking to develop. Its management team is made up of experienced practitioners in the telecommunications industry.

Nava Networks' development partner and shareholder, Dolphin Networks Ltd, is a developer of broadband networks and related businesses around the world. Financial and development sponsorship is provided by Dolphin Communications Partners, a New York-based private equity investor which focuses exclusively on the telecommunications sector, with a strong track record of success internationally

About Fujitsu Limited

Fujitsu is a leading provider of Internet-focused information technology solutions for the global marketplace. Its pace-setting technologies, best-in-class computing and telecommunications platforms, and worldwide corps of systems and services experts make it uniquely positioned to unleash the infinite possibilities of the Internet to help its customers succeed. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 5.48 trillion yen for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2001. www.fujitsu.com

Date: 06 September, 2000
Company: Fujitsu Australia Limited