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Fujitsu Hits Major MSAN Milestones for BT 21CN Multi Service Access Node Roll-Out

July 09, 2007

Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe Limited announced today that it has contributed to two significant milestones involving the roll-out of Multi Service Access Nodes (MSANs) across BT’s new 21st Century Network, known in the industry as 21CN. The first milestone was the completion of the MSAN installation at all 64 exchanges in South Wales, which comprises the initial phase of BT’s 21CN deployment. This involved the supply and installation of some 164 MSANs, comprising 104 copper and 60 fibre in total. In parallel, Fujitsu has also completed the installation of the 34 exchanges required to enable a major trial of next generation broadband services, also involving a combination of copper and fibre MSANs. These next generation broadband services will be rolled out to some 60,000 customers in the West Midlands later this year, before extending the new service nationally early in 2008. With the installation and commissioning of these latest 100 sites, Fujitsu now has almost 300 MSANs deployed in the 21CN.

These latest developments are part of an intensive collaborative schedule on a number of strategic phases of the 21CN programme, involving the concurrent installation of a test access matrix, in tandem with the first phase of migration in South Wales this year, and the beginning of customer upgrades nationally from early next year. The process has involved the exhaustive testing and proving of some 2000 services prior to roll-out, conducted by BT in its integrated next generation testing facilities alongside Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe and other suppliers. With testing of the end-to-end network elements successfully achieved, 60% of the installed Fujitsu MSANs are now connected to 21CN fibre rings, Metro nodes and iNodes. All elements of this network are fully managed by BT’s new 21CN OSS (Operational Support System).

Mike Mochizuki, Chief Operating Officer, Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe, commended the teamwork that made this achievement possible: “Fujitsu is extremely proud to be part of this revolutionary enterprise, realising the world’s first all IP-based network. The scale of the project is without precedent, breaking new technological ground on every front. Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe has supplied and installed all of the MSANs required to support the first phase of migration in South Wales, providing a fully operational platform for the migration of 350,000 customers this year. We are also playing a key role in the installation of MSAN equipment to support national migration, which is scheduled to begin early next year.

“Teamwork is the key to achieving this historic transition. As one of the two companies responsible for providing the key access element at more than 5,500 BT exchanges, Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe has undertaken a significant £multi-million investment programme for 21CN at its European HQ in Birmingham, where we design, manufacture, deploy and support our MSAN equipment. This has involved a major recruitment programme across engineering, manufacturing, installation and support, increasing the headcount by more than 20%, complemented by Fujitsu engineers seconded from Japan. At Fujitsu here in the UK, every single employee is committed to playing their part to ensure the success of 21CN.”

Notes to Editors

The core technology behind the 21CN MSAN is Fujitsu’s GeoStream Access Gateway, providing a common platform for the support of fibre and copper terminations across a wide range of existing and next-generation services to end-users. The GeoStream Access Gateway supports an extensive cross-section of IP services for residential and business customers, which are managed and groomed over Gigabit Ethernet backhaul circuits onto BT’s Metro Network. The Fujitsu platform delivers H.248 voice interoperability, enabling broadband and voice services to be delivered on a common platform. The multi-service capability of the GeoStream Access Gateway offers support for the widest breadth of service delivery, including ADSL, ADSL2, ADSL2+, SDSL, VDSL, Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, PON, GPON, WiMAX, SDH and PDH – all from the same platform, vastly reducing the operational cost of the Access Network.

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: 09 July, 2007

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