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Fujitsu Announces Enhanced OTN Capabilities in Newest FLASHWAVE® 9500 and FLASHWAVE CDS Platforms

Comprehensive network solution delivers integrated OTN access, switching, and transport

Fujitsu Network Communications Inc.

Richardson, TX, June 09, 2015
Fujitsu, a leading provider of business, information technology, and communications solutions, today announced enhancements to Optical Transport Network (OTN) switching and OTN access in the FLASHWAVE® 9500 and FLASHWAVE CDS packet optical networking platforms. With up to 2.4 Tbps of OTN fabric capacity, the Fujitsu FLASHWAVE 9500 provides the highest density switching in a smaller form factor than any leading competitor. That equates to 25% more switching capability in the same 13RU space. Moreover, service providers who deploy these platforms together can reduce expenses, improve operations, and increase service velocity by providing a flexible, end-to-end OTN solution that is right-sized for the metro network.

FLASHWAVE 9500 enhancements
The FLASHWAVE 9500 extends its multiservice capabilities by introducing 2.4 Tbps OTN cross-connect grooming and an OTN control plane to establish cross-connect services through OTN networks. A new suite of OTN units provides maximum grooming from ODU0 up to ODU4 and can be used in multiple operational modes, with or without the centralized switch fabric. The new 2 × OTU4 unit also supports coherent CFP modules for highly scalable ROADM deployments. Additional software features include support for ITU G.8032 Ethernet ring protection switching and Y.1731 performance monitoring.

Integrated OTN and ROADM switching in the FLASHWAVE 9500 allows for grooming and rearranging of traffic at intermediate drop sites without the need for additional transponders or muxponders. When used with the FLASHWAVE CDS, direct connection eliminates equipment bookending, providing a complete, lower cost solution. Enhanced OTN performance monitoring (PM) and operations, administration and maintenance (OAM) further strengthen FLASHWAVE 9500 management capabilities versus ROADM-only solutions. 

FLASHWAVE CDS enhancements
The latest release of the FLASHWAVE CDS provides higher-capacity OTN access, a new compact chassis, and enhanced protection capabilities. A new OTU2 OTN transponder provides 4 × 10G OTN demarcation, supplementing the high-density OTN switch muxponder and OTU1 OTN transponder units currently available in the FLASHWAVE CDS. A new 1RU, AC-powered chassis for OTN units offers a footprint optimized for customer premises equipment demarcation. Y-cable protection support for OTN modules provides hardware resiliency for high-availability applications.

The FLASHWAVE CDS can operate as a stand-alone, end-to-end solution or as an extension of the FLASHWAVE 9500 and FLASHWAVE 7500 platforms. With 80 Gbps of OTN switching capacity, the FLASHWAVE CDS provides high-density OTN multiplexing and switching to operators requiring fully transparent transport of Ethernet, SONET, SDH and wholesale service extensions.

Boosting bandwidth and increasing network functionality
“Network traffic is growing at an exponential rate, and operators are looking for ways to boost bandwidth and increase network functionality,” said Steve Pelosi, head of the Optical Business Unit at Fujitsu Network Communications. “OTN provides operators a way to support different traffic types in a more cost-effective manner than legacy technologies. As our customers’ networks evolve, we will continue expanding our product portfolio to address their needs.”

The FLASHWAVE 9500 and FLASHWAVE CDS are fully supported by the Fujitsu NETSMART® 1500 Management System, enabling service providers to minimize the time and complexity associated with day-to-day network operations and maintenance.

About Fujitsu

Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company, offering a full range of technology products, solutions, and services. Approximately 159,000 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 4.8 trillion yen (US$40 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015. For more information, please see

About Fujitsu Network Communications Inc.

Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc., is a trusted partner to a broad spectrum of customers across all industries, enabling them to realize the maximum value from their communications networks. We are a market-leading U.S.-based manufacturer of network equipment and a top U.S. patent holder in optical networking. Our solutions combine the best wireline, wireless, and software technology with extensive multivendor services expertise to deliver custom, end-to-end network integration and management solutions. For more information, please see, connect with us on LinkedIn at, and follow us on Twitter @FujitsuFNC.

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Date: June 09, 2015
City: Richardson, TX
Company: Fujitsu Network Communications Inc.