Fujitsu FLASHWAVE 4500 Optical Transmission Platform to Deploy at SBC

4/24/2003 - SBC Services, Inc. has approved the FLASHWAVE® 4500 next-generation multiservice optical transport platform for use and network deployment.

Fujitsu Network Communications Inc., a leader in the metro optical telecommunications market, announced today that SBC Services, Inc., an SBC Communications Inc. company, has approved the FLASHWAVE® 4500 next-generation multiservice optical transport platform for use and network deployment. The agreement will enable SBC to efficiently provide scalable SONET across its networks and deliver Ethernet services.

The Fujitsu FLASHWAVE 4500 platform provides an optical hub for multiple, new and existing SONET rings and reduces requirements for digital cross-connect systems. Initial deployments will provide OC-3, OC-12 and OC-48 connectivity with potential for future OC?192 configurations. The Ethernet and Time Division Multiplexing (TDM) functionality, service density and configuration flexibility available today on the FLASHWAVE 4500 platform can be deployed for both Interoffice Facility (IOF) and customer dedicated ring applications. Its high density and low power consumption fit easily into crowded central offices and small customer premises locations.

SBC will use the NETSMART® 1500 element management system and FLEXR® GT craft interface tool to turn-up, provision, monitor and manage its entire network of Fujitsu platforms.

About Fujitsu Network Communications Inc.
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 ADM market with 56% market share. Fujitsu Network Communications is a division of Tokyo-based Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702), a provider of comprehensive IT and networking solutions for the global marketplace. Fujitsu Limited reported consolidated revenues of 5 trillion yen (about US$38 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2002. For more news and information, please visit http://www.fnc.fujitsu.com.

FLASHWAVE®, NETSMART® and FLEXR® are trademarks of Fujitsu Network Communications Inc.

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