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Fujitsu Packet Optical Networking Platforms Win Wireless Backhaul Distinction Awards

FLASHWAVE® 9500 and FLASHWAVE 4100 ES Platforms Recognized for Connection-oriented Ethernet Contributions to 4G Wireless Evolution (4GWE)

Fujitsu Network Communications Inc.

Richardson, TX, October 19, 2009

Fujitsu, a leading provider of business, information technology, and communications solutions, announced today that Technology Marketing Corporation (TMC) and Crossfire Media have awarded the Fujitsu FLASHWAVE® 9500 and FLASHWAVE 4100 ES Packet Optical Networking Platforms (Packet ONPs) with First Annual Wireless Backhaul Distinction Awards. The platforms were recognized for their market-leading deployment history, new EoX Gateway and Connection-oriented Ethernet (COE) capabilities, and overall commitment to advance the 4G Wireless Evolution (4GWE).

“Next-generation wireless technology requires a next-generation approach to mobile backhaul to economically transport Ethernet circuits from cell sites to their mobile telephone switching office (MTSO),” said Rich Tehrani, CEO of TMC. “The Fujitsu FLASHWAVE packet optical networking platforms impressed our panel of judges and we certainly hope to see more innovation from Fujitsu in the future.”

The FLASHWAVE 4100 ES Micro Packet ONP has been deployed at thousands of cell sites across North America to support T1-based backhaul for legacy 2G/3G services. Recently announced COE capabilities add the ability to provide high-performance Ethernet-based backhaul services without the cost of building an overlay access network. The FLASHWAVE 9500 Packet ONP was recognized for its new EoX Gateway functionality that can aggregate and switch circuits from Ethernet over SONET/SDH (EoS), T1/T3 (EoPDH), WDM (Eoλ), and fiber (EoF). This capability allows the FLASHWAVE 9500 Packet ONP to act as a complete backhaul, aggregation and service delivery solution for legacy T1-based backhaul and next-generation Ethernet.

“Nearly 75% of cell sites have more than one generation of wireless technology, which drives a requirement for both Ethernet- and T1-based mobile backhaul,” said Doug Moore, senior vice president of sales, marketing and services at Fujitsu Network Communications. “Our unique Micro Packet ONP and EoX Gateway solution supports both transport technologies in a manner that provides the very stringent performance requirements for full-service mobile backhaul. We’re pleased that TMC has recognized our company and Packet ONP solutions for the leadership we have shown in driving the adoption of Connection-oriented Ethernet for mobile backhaul.”

The Fujitsu FLASHWAVE 9500 Packet ONP offers the modular integration of COE, along with pluggable ROADM and SONET transport technologies, in a single addressable optical networking class element. The platform’s COE capabilities include a patent-pending universal switch fabric that allows both SONET/SDH and Ethernet traffic to be transported in its native format to create a universal optical infrastructure that can support both legacy 2G/3G wireless traffic as well as next-generation 4G services. The platform’s integrated COE features deliver private-line quality packet aggregation and connectivity services with the proven operational robustness of optical networking, including transport-class software and database management, management interface functionality, and precision fault sectionalization.

The FLASHWAVE 4100 ES joined the Fujitsu family of Packet ONPs with the addition of COE capabilities (announced last week). This compact, modular Micro Packet ONP offers high concentrations of DS1, DS3 or Connect-oriented Ethernet services over OC-3/12/48 (Ethernet over SONET, or EoS) or native Ethernet over fiber (EoF). The FLASHWAVE 4100 ES platform is environmentally hardened to operate within the harsh environment of a cell site, and deployment options include standard rack mounting in addition to a number of innovative compact outside-plant cabinet enclosures for pad, pole, and H-frame mounting.

About Fujitsu Network Communications Inc.

Fujitsu Network Communications Inc. is an innovator in Connection-oriented Ethernet, 4G/LTE wireless and optical transport technologies, and is a market-leading provider of packet optical networking solutions that incorporate advanced SONET, ROADM, and Ethernet capabilities. With the support of Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702), a $53B company with approximately 160,000 professionals in 70 countries, Fujitsu enables its customers to migrate to fully converged packet optical networks that improve performance and profitability. Over 400,000 Fujitsu network elements have been deployed by all major carriers across North America. Fujitsu maintains a longstanding and highly-regarded position as a market leader by providing best-in-class data networking solutions optimized for Ethernet service delivery and transport. For more information, please visit http://us.fujitsu.com/telecom.

About Fujitsu

Fujitsu is a leading provider of IT-based business solutions for the global marketplace. With approximately 175,000 employees supporting customers in 70 countries, Fujitsu combines a worldwide corps of systems and services experts with highly reliable computing and communications products and advanced microelectronics to deliver added value to customers. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.6 trillion yen (US$47 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2009.
For more information, please see: http://www.fujitsu.com

About TMC

Technology Marketing Corporation (TMC) is a global integrated media company helping our clients build communities in print, in person and online. TMC publishes Customer Interaction Solutions, INTERNET TELEPHONY, Unified Communications, and NGN magazines. TMCnet, TMC's Web site, is the leading source of news and articles for the communications and technology industries. TMCnet is read by two million unique visitors each month on average worldwide, according to Webtrends. TMCnet has ranked within the top 3,000 in Quantcast's Top U.S. sites, placing TMCnet in the nation’s top .03% most visited Web sites. In addition, TMC produces ITEXPO, 4GWE Conference (in conjunction with Crossfire Media), Digium|Asterisk World and AstriCon (in conjunction with Digium), and Communications Developer Conference. TMC also serves technology professionals with industry-specific Web sites: IT.TMCnet.com, Cable.TMCnet.com, Robotics.TMCnet.com, Satellite.TMCnet.com, 4G-wirelessevolution.TMCnet.com, Green.TMCnet.com, Healthcare.TMCnet.com, and Education.TMCnet.com. For more information about TMC, visit www.tmcnet.com.

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Date: October 19, 2009
City: Richardson, TX
Company: Fujitsu Network Communications Inc.,