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Fujitsu Unveils Latest MSAN Technology at Broadband World Forum Europe

Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe to stage global launch of its modular, multi-service GeoStream Access Gateway Hub 1000 at Broadband World Forum Europe

August 19, 2004

Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe Ltd, the leading supplier of high performance telecommunications solutions, is to stage the world launch of its latest MSAN technology developments at the Broadband World Forum Europe event (Venice, September 20 - 23), exhibiting on Stand No. 1110. Fujitsu is showing its GeoStream Access Gateway Hub 1000, the company's next-generation Multi-Service Access Node (MSAN), which is capable of supporting thousands of broadband users on a single ATM/Ethernet network interface. Currently the world's most advanced DSL platform, GeoStream Access Gateway Hub 1000 is designed to provide operators with the optimum cost-effective technology on which to build 21st century networks.

Fujitsu's new MSAN will be demonstrated alongside the comprehensive line-up of copper and fibre access solutions within the GeoStream Access Gateway portfolio, highlighting the inherent flexibility of the product concept. Fujitsu is placing a major focus on multi-service access convergence for the provision of future services, highlighting in particular:

  • Bandwidth provisioning in a managed access solution
  • Video streaming over GeoStream Access Gateway
  • Voice over IP services, based on the broadband voice service deployed by Fujitsu and MetaSwitch for BT in the United Kingdom
  • Video on Demand, including integration with third party middleware
  • Migration of baseband PSTN services onto the platform
  • Aggregation of traffic for cost effective backhaul

GeoStream Access Gateway Hub 1000

Fujitsu's modular, multi-service GeoStream Access Gateway Hub 1000 combines industry-leading operational flexibility and scalability, with multiple cost-saving attributes - driving down the cost per line to the absolute minimum. Simon Rees, DSL Director at Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe, explained the company's rationale: "The introduction of our GeoStream Access Gateway Hub 1000 represents an important evolutionary step in our approach to multi-service access. It extends the capabilities of our GeoStream Access Gateway solution by several orders of magnitude, reinforcing our philosophy of offering a single platform that interfaces to the widest range of access technologies, and provides aggregation for IP, Ethernet, ATM, TDM and POTS services, via copper, direct fibre, and PON. The sheer scalability of the Hub 1000 will ensure the longest operational lifespan, and underlines its position as the optimum platform for evolving PSTN services to the 21st century network. Our overriding intention is to make it as easy and cost-effective as possible for operators to migrate services from legacy networks to the new core. Our introduction of Hub 1000 brings genuinely new levels of flexibility, scalability and economy into the marketplace."

Making its first appearance at Venice, the single-solution approach of the Hub 1000 offers scalability all the way from small installations of 1000 lines, up to the largest exchanges of over 16,000 lines. This impressive DSL capacity brings particular benefits for PSTN migration in larger installations, enabling capital investments in exchange equipment to be spread across the maximum number of subscribers. In addition to its scalability economies, the design of Fujitsu's Hub 1000 offers further cost-saving potential, with the solution achieving lower energy consumption than existing technology, and with support for a dynamic power management facility that can tailor power usage to traffic demands. The installed system also has a smaller footprint than previous-generation technology, allowing more efficient use of valuable exchange space.

Fujitsu's new solution also brings increased levels of aggregation to the broadband arena and, along with the larger switching capacity and higher bandwidth interfaces, the Hub 1000 offers operators dramatically enhanced functionality. It combines a 40Gbit/s data capacity, with support for the full range of residential DSL services, as well as current and proposed business services, and offers the high resilience necessary for PSTN migration. It also supports evolution to PON architectures, which will become increasingly important as fibre is deployed deeper in the network, and has the potential for supporting unbreakable-access operation within the IP layer.

Key to Hub 1000's flexibility is its backplane-less modular architecture, with the traditional use of a backplane being replaced by cable interconnects between the line modules and the central switch hub. The architecture enables the straightforward migration of DSL technology, as well as the evolution of processing, switching and network interfaces, while ensuring that the installed base of line modules can be retained. This approach has a significant beneficial effect on whole-life costs, as the line modules represent a major part of the investment.

Fujitsu's backplane accepts multiple line-card types, which can be operated in any combination, with hot-swap plug-ability avoiding service disruption during upgrades. With line-card types ranging from ADSL and SDSL to VDSL, the Hub 1000's capabilities also encompass Integrated Voice cards that support PSTN services, while also providing a simple migration path to broadband voice. Supporting multiple backhaul protocols, including STM4, STM1, E3 and E1IMA, the design of the Hub 1000 will also accommodate Gigabit Ethernet. All of the system's optical interfaces can be offered in short- or long-haul variants, giving the maximum level of interfacing choice for Multi-Service Access Node exchanges.

Compelling Conference Content
Fujitsu is a Corporate Delegate Sponsor of Broadband World Forum Europe, and is also contributing to the event's conference programme, which encompasses a compelling range of debate and content. Andy Stevenson, General Manager of Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe, is chairing a session on "Transitioning to the Future - Evolving the Legacy Network", on Wednesday 22nd September (15:00 - 16:30), with the panellists including Michel Laurence of Octasic, Aviv Ronai from ECI Telecom, and Gianluca Renoffio from Italtel.

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:

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:

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: 19 August, 2004


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