Fujitsu Delivers 99.999% Availability to MSO/CATV Market

5/14/2003 - Fujitsu Network Communications Inc., the leader in the optical telecommunications market, announced its expansion into the MSO/CATV market with a breakthrough in digital video transport. Fujitsu can deliver 99.999% availability for next-generation broadband multiservice networks with the addition of a Digital Video Broadcast - Asynchronous Serial Interface (DVB-ASI) to its carrier-class FLASHWAVE® 4500 platform.

The “cable-ready” FLASHWAVE 4500 multiservice transport platform is widely deployed across North America for telecommunications applications due to its seamless integration of next-generation SONET (OC-3 through OC-192), asynchronous (DS1 and DS3) and Ethernet (10 Mbps through Gigabit Ethernet) interfaces with advanced switching capabilities. Fujitsu enables service providers to deliver digital broadband video, broadband data, Video on Demand (VOD), telephony and other business services over converged networks with the FLASHWAVE 4500 system.

“Service providers and multiple system operators will derive significant operational and cost benefits by deploying converged voice, video and data networks,” said Dana Cooperson, group and program director of Optical Networks North America at RHK Inc. “The next-generation optical networking platforms, such as the FLASHWAVE products from Fujitsu, enable service providers to converge their networks and offer multiple media affordably and reliably.”

DVB-ASI is the most common industry interface for interconnecting equipment located at a cable network headend or primary hub. Integrating DVB-ASI ports onto the FLASHWAVE 4500 platform eliminates the space and cost of expensive converter boxes. Each DVB-ASI card supports eight physical DVB-ASI coax inputs, allowing a single DVB-ASI card to transport over 500 channels of digital video.

“In the past, the only way to provide each of these services has been to create costly overlay networks to support each new service type,” said George Chase, group president and chief operating officer at Fujitsu Network Communications. “This jumble of overlay networks and operational details can quickly evolve into a tangled and complicated mess that ends up costing service providers more money than it’s worth. With the FLASHWAVE 4500 metro transport platform, all broadband services can be supported on a single platform for a cost-effective way to improve operations, profits and reliability, while offering more choices for subscribers.”

With more than 300,000 network elements deployed in North America and 60 years of broadband networking experience, Fujitsu is well positioned to help MSO customers build carrier-grade, highly reliable networks.

Fujitsu will be at Cable-Tec Expo 2003 in Philadelphia, Pa. (Fujitsu Booth #523, Hall C) from May 12–14, 2003 with the FLASHWAVE 4500 multiservice transport system and its new DVB-ASI interface.

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 leading provider of customer-focused IT and communications solutions for the global marketplace. Fujitsu Limited reported consolidated revenues of 4.6 trillion yen (US$38 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2003. For more news and information, please visit

FLASHWAVE® is a trademark of Fujitsu Network Communications Inc.

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