Fujitsu Increases Capacity on FLASHWAVE 4500 Multiservice Platform

6/9/2003 - Fujitsu Network Communications Inc., the market leader in the optical telecom market, unveiled at SUPERCOMM 2003 (Booth #11340) two new capacity enhancements for its next-generation FLASHWAVE® 4500 multiservice optical transport platform—support for multiple OC-192 protected interfaces on a single FLASHWAVE 4500 shelf and a new 70G STS switch fabric with the ability to groom up to 1344 STS channels. These enhancements will be shown at SUPERCOMM with general availability in the fall.

“The FLASHWAVE 4500 platform supports two protected OC-192 interfaces on a single shelf in linear, UPSR or 2F-BLSR configurations. The new OC-192 interface unit occupies a single standard interface card slot, where earlier versions of the OC-192 required two slots,” says George Chase, group president and COO for Fujitsu Network Communications. “By combining two OC-192 rings or 1+1 protected connections into a single shelf, a service provider can reduce cost, space, power and heat in their central offices by more than 50%.

A new 70G STS switch fabric is also available that can groom up to 1344 STS channels. This new switch fabric increases the FLASHWAVE 4500 platform’s STS grooming capacity by more than 55% over the size of the existing 45G (864x864 STS) switch fabric. This new 70G (1344x1344 STS) switch fabric is completely interoperable with current systems and applications—seamless, in-service upgrades are supported allowing service providers to keep their customer connections operational during the process.

“Huge central office savings can be realized by reducing operating expenses and capital expenditures with our FLASHWAVE 4500 platform’s grooming and Digital Cross-Connect System (DCS) optimization functionality,” continues George Chase. “Grooming is traditionally achieved with a combination of SONET network elements, very large and expensive DCS devices, and massive amounts of power, space, HVAC and associated cabling. By increasing the STS fabric to 70G, the FLASHWAVE 4500 platform will continue to meet and surpass increasing capacity and traffic demands.”

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 ports and can potentially delay or cancel the need for costly port expansions or new system purchases. Additionally, carriers who utilize high-capacity optical DCS connections instead of relying on thousands of electrical ties to the DCS can improve reliability and eliminate the source of 80% of the trouble tickets in a central office.

The FLASHWAVE 4500 platform offers a complete suite of performance monitoring for service guarantees and is fully supported by the NETSMART® 1500 element management system. The release also offers in-service upgrades to support new software and installation of new interfaces. No other equipment vendor can match the Ethernet and Time Division Multiplexing (TDM) functionality, service density and configuration flexibility available today in the FLASHWAVE 4500 next-generation platform—a system specifically optimized for Interoffice Facility (IOF) transport networks.

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%i 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®, FLASHWAVE (and design)TM and NETSMART® are trademarks of Fujitsu Network Communications Inc.

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