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Fujitsu's GeoStream Access Gateway Enables BT's Next Generation Symmetric Broadband Services

Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe provides the backbone technology for BT's SDSL exchange roll-out

June 08, 2004

Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe Ltd, the leading supplier of high performance telecommunications solutions, announces that its innovative multi-service access node equipment - the GeoStream Access Gateway - has been selected by BT to support its SDSL (Symmetric Digital Subscriber Line) service deployment, following a successful trial during 2003.

BT Wholesale recently asked its service provider customers for details of geographical demand for SDSL services, with a view to extending rollout to a further 150 exchanges. This will enable providers to supply business users with symmetric broadband access at speeds of up to 2Mbit/s, as a complementary facility to existing ADSL services. Fujitsu's GeoStream Access Gateway combines industry-leading line density with scalabilty and flexibility - supporting ADSL and SDSL services simultaneously with the addition of an SHDSL (Single-pair High-speed Digital Subscriber Line, in accordance with G.991.2) line card module. This means that any BT exchange equipped with the GeoStream Access Gateway can be upgraded to support SDSL quickly and efficiently.

Commenting for BT, Bill Mackenzie, BT Wholesale broadband platform general manager, said: "Fujitsu continues to be a key supplier for BT, building on the experience of the GeoStream Access Gateway, which we use to supply ADSL broadband services. For our SDSL services, we were able to prove the GeoStream Access Gateway's resilience and upgradeability during a demanding trial at a number of London-based exchanges, and are now working to extend the availability of SDSL in consultation with our service provider customers."

SDSL services are now operational at some 150 exchanges, serving London, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Yorkshire, the West Midlands and Scotland. The latest phase of 50 exchanges, which went live at the end of January, extended the availability of SDSL to Greater London and additional locations across the West Midlands. As of May 19, 2004 BT Wholesale provides ADSL services via over 200 service providers to more than 2.4 million end-users from some 2650 exchanges. The Fujitsu GeoStream Access Gateway is installed at over 1200 exchanges, and provides service over more than 1.6 million lines.

BT IPStream Symmetric service is a one-to-many broadband offering that enables service providers to develop digital content and application packages, and deliver them to their customers via an IP-based data network. Typical applications include fast e-mail and bi-directional file transfer, wide area networking (WAN) and website hosting.

About Fujitsu

Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company offering a full range of technology products, solutions and services. Over 170,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.5 trillion yen (US$54 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012. For more information, please see: www.fujitsu.com

Fujitsu UK and Ireland is a leading IT systems, services and products company employing 11,400 people with an annual revenue of £1.7 billion. Its business is in enabling its customers to realise their objectives by exploiting information technology through its integrated product and service portfolio. This includes consulting, applications, systems integration, managed services and product for customers in the private and public sectors including retail, financial services, telecoms, government, defence and consumer sectors. For more information, please see: uk.fujitsu.com

About Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe

Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe Limited is a major supplier of Broadband Access equipment in Europe and is Fujitsu's worldwide design location for access network solutions - including a centre of excellence for the development of Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) technology. The company is also the leading provider of broadband solutions in the UK, with some 2 million lines deployed to date. Headquartered in Birmingham, UK, Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe is focused on providing strategic end-to-end solutions, supported by complete turnkey services. Fujitsu is playing a fundamental role in the creation of "Broadband Britain" - from world-leading products and technology, through project planning, community liaison, cable laying and civil engineering, to installation, implementation and ongoing maintenance.

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Date: 08 June, 2004

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