Fujitsu Equips FiberNet Communications Network in Iowa, South Dakota and Minnesota

11/6/2002 - Fujitsu Network Communications, the leader in the optical telecommunications market, announced that FiberNet Communications has selected the FLASHWAVE® 4300 and FLASHWAVE 4500 next-generation optical transport platforms to enhance its latest network expansion serving the bandwidth demands of customers in Iowa, South Dakota and Minnesota.

FiberNet, based in Sioux Center, Iowa, represents a group of six independent telecommunications companies that pool their fiber resources to offer advanced voice, data and digital services, from a single point of contact, to their rural customers. The addition of the FLASHWAVE 4300 and FLASHWAVE 4500 platforms will supplement their existing network to allow for long-term growth opportunities, as well as simplified network design and support for multiple services.

"We needed a single platform that could reliably support multiple functions, as well as continued growth," said Doug Boone, CEO of Mutual Telephone, one of the companies included in the FiberNet consortium. "Fujitsu and FiberNet have developed a strong relationship during the past nine years. We built SONET rings based on their FLM 150 ADM and FLM 600 ADM solutions that have not failed our customers or us since the initial installation, which speaks to the tremendous product reliability and support provided by Fujitsu."

Martin Group, the engineering consulting firm that originally designed the FiberNet network in early 1990 using the OC-12 FLM 150 ADMs from Fujitsu, recommended the FLASHWAVE 4000 series products because of the immense growth capabilities. "We were searching for a compatible solution that would help FiberNet grow with their existing network," said Brian Schuldt, engineering staff member for Martin Group, who led the technical evaluation, selection and installation for FiberNet. "The large cross-connect capabilities of the FLASHWAVE 4300 and FLASHWAVE 4500 platforms from Fujitsu allow FiberNet to simplify and grow their network while optimizing their original equipment investment."

Awarded to Fujitsu through a competitive bid process, the recent FiberNet additions include a second OC-48 ring using the FLASHWAVE 4500 platform to supplement and enhance their existing network, as well as the FLASHWAVE 4300 platform to help simplify their DS1 network design and allow for cost-effective remote provisioning.

"Huge Central Office savings can be realized by reducing operating expenses and capital expenditures with our FLASHWAVE 4300 and FLASHWAVE 4500 platform’s grooming and digital cross-connect optimization capability," says George Chase, group president and chief operating officer of Fujitsu Network Communications. "Grooming is traditionally performed with a combination of SONET network elements, very large and expensive Digital Cross-Connect Systems (DCSs), and massive amounts of power, space, HVAC and associated cabling. By deploying the FLASHWAVE 4500 platform with its any-STS-to-any-STS cross-connect functionality, all traffic can be pre-groomed before being handed off to a DCS. This functionality optimizes the use of expensive DCS port usage and could potentially push out or cancel the need for costly port expansions or purchases."

About FiberNet Communications
FiberNet Communications provides access to advanced telecommunication services for residences, educational and health care providers, businesses, libraries and governmental agencies. The independent telephone companies participating in the FiberNet Communications consortium include CML Telephone Cooperative Assn., Hills Telephone Company, Hospers Telephone Exchange, Inc., Mutual Telephone Company, Northern Iowa Telephone Company and West Iowa Telephone Company.

About Martin Group
Martin Group provides innovative engineering, consulting, and OSS solutions that address the operational and marketplace challenges faced by today's telecommunications providers. The company's offerings include the advanced OMNIATM OSS; facilities management; professional engineering services such as project engineering, network design, equipment commissioning, and new technology implementation; business services consulting - including carrier access billing, feasibility studies, interconnection agreements, and regulatory reviews; and professional training services. Martin Group has offices in South Dakota, Colorado, and Montana, and serves more than 200 clients in 39 states.

About Fujitsu Network Communications
Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc. delivers next-generation optical transport and photonics solutions optimized for metropolitan, regional, long haul and ultra long haul, high capacity applications. The company’s comprehensive consulting and network services offer support at any network development, deployment and maintenance stage. The company is the leading optical transport equipment vendor in the metro market and has increased its share in the long haul market. Fujitsu Network Communications is a division of Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702), a provider of comprehensive IT and networking solutions for the global marketplace.

FLASHWAVE® is a trademark of Fujitsu Network Communications Inc. (USA).

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