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Fujitsu doubles FLASHWAVE 7700 long haul reach to 1,500km

Fujitsu Network Communications Inc.

Sydney, April 30, 2002

Reinforcing a commitment to help carriers recognise additional OPEX savings, add more bandwidth and services to their network, and simplify network operations and control complexity, Fujitsu today revealed the latest release of its FLASHWAVE 7700 long haul DWDM platform. The FLASHWAVE 7700 platform can now transmit 80 full-duplex 10Gbps channels up to 1,500km without regeneration, which is more than double its previous distance.

Completely interoperable with previous releases, this platform brings inventory economies to the long haul backbone. The FLASHWAVE 7700 'bandwidth to distance' options are the best in the industry from a single platform. Full access and flexible OADM (optical add drop multiplexing) functionality at intermediate sites allows carriers to add and drop traffic where necessary to meet existing and future bandwidth requirements.

"Achieving 800Gbps over a distance of 1,500 kilometres is a key milestone for the Australian network environment. The FLASHWAVE 7700 can service each of the inter-capital routes between Adelaide and Brisbane without regeneration, meeting current capacity requirements, with only small incremental investments required as demand increases," said Graham Bate, Manager Market Development, Fujitsu Australia Limited. "In addition, support for OADM capability and interoperability with the high capacity configuration allows seamless integration with metropolitan and regional networks, driving down the total cost of ownership."

The small footprint, low power consumption (3.52 watts per gigabit) and high capacity (1.76 terabits per second) of the FLASHWAVE 7700 system contributes towards an overall, highly competitive cost of ownership. Additional productivity and cost benefits include the FLASHWAVE 7700 Self Tuning Network functionality, which delivers several operational advantages, including the ability to quickly turn-up a new network span, support multiple disparate services, and provision new services. These advantages dramatically reduce overhead costs and allow service providers to bring their network online more quickly, resulting in fast revenue-generation - a key requirement in today's competitive market.

This Self Tuning Network capability means that the FLASHWAVE 7700 platform re-tunes all wavelengths automatically when new wavelengths are added, thus optimising network performance and saving valuable time, manpower and maintenance cost. This feature allows carriers to add channels whenever needed without affecting existing services. This Plug and Play functionality dramatically reduces service-provisioning time.

"When service providers first receive the FLASHWAVE 7700 platform, they can deploy and turn up a network on their own because of the advanced Self Tuning Network capability," said Stephen Carlton, vice president of photonic product marketing for Fujitsu Network Communications. "This capability delivers significant savings from the initial system turn-up, to adding new services (wavelengths), to maintaining peak network performance. By more than doubling the distance between regeneration sites, Fujitsu again cuts CAPEX and OPEX for carriers."

The FLASHWAVE 7000 product family delivers metro, long haul and ultra long haul high capacity DWDM solutions, and comprises Fujitsu's DWDM product offerings. The FLASHWAVE 7700 platform with 176 OC-192 channels is the highest capacity long haul DWDM system commercially available today, and has been deployed in the US and Japan.

More information about the FLASHWAVE 7700 platform

About Fujitsu Australia Limited

Fujitsu is one of the world's leading e-services organisations. Fujitsu technology solutions, from servers to e-Business applications, are powering the new Internet economy. In Australia and New Zealand Fujitsu is helping corporate and government customers to design, build and operate solutions which offer competitive advantage in the Internet world, from state-of-the-art infrastructure through to complex e-Business solutions. Our portfolio of IT services includes consulting, systems integration, prime contracting and a full range of professional services. Fujitsu Australia Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fujitsu Limited of Japan.
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About Fujitsu Network Communications

Fujitsu Network Communications delivers next generation optical transport and photonics solutions optimised for metropolitan, regional, long haul and ultra long haul high capacity applications. The company's comprehensive consulting and network services offer support at any network development, deployment and maintenance stage. The company is the leading optical transport equipment vendor in the metro market and has increased its share in the long haul market. Fujitsu Network Communications is the North American telecommunications division of Fujitsu Limited, a provider of comprehensive IT and networking solutions for the global marketplace.

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.
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Date: 30 April, 2002
City: Sydney
Company: Fujitsu Network Communications