Fujitsu Supplies Fibre-optic Networking Equipment to TransGrid

7/17/2003 - NSW high-voltage electricity carrier TransGrid has signed a three-year, multimillion-dollar agreement with Fujitsu Australia for the supply of SDH fibre-optic networking equipment and deployment services.

By entering into a long-term agreement, TransGrid will continue to enjoy access to the latest transmission technology while gaining efficiencies in staff training, spare parts and support processes as well as reducing TransGrid's own internal infrastructure development costs.

In addition, the commitment will allow Fujitsu and TransGrid to develop high-quality working relationships at multiple levels.

TransGrid CEO, David Croft (right) with Fujitsu Australia CEO, Nori Karasuda
Fujitsu has supplied all of TransGrid's SDH transmission network equipment for more than two years. The company won the tenders for stages one and two of TransGrid's multimillion-dollar project to upgrade its 1,500km signal network, which controls distribution of electricity across the NSW power grid, to fibre-optic technology. TransGrid's statewide network could also be used to provide high-bandwidth services in rural areas, making it potentially valuable community asset.

According to TransGrid Chief Executive, David Croft, "Effective telecommunications is essential in a major electricity transmission network. The transfer of our core telecommunications network from the older microwave technology to a high-capacity optical system was a very important project and we were pleased that Fujitsu worked with us to achieve the best possible outcome."

"Fujitsu is delighted to be able to extend its relationship with TransGrid," said Fujitsu CEO Nori Karasuda. "From an industry perspective, this agreement also highlights the fact that there are a number of utilities and other non-carrier organisations with large, mission-critical telecommunications systems that are continuing to innovate and grow their networks."

TransGrid's NSW power network consists of more than 12,000km of transmission lines, 81 major substations and power station switchyards, 83 microwave radio sites and 495 power line carrier links. Its interconnections with Victorian and Queensland networks make the TransGrid high-voltage (HV) transmission system an important component of one of the largest HV AC grid networks in the world.

Since November 2001, Fujitsu has also provided IT outsourcing services to TransGrid.

About TransGrid
TransGrid is a (Statutory) State Owned Corporation responsible for the management and development of the New South Wales high voltage electricity network transmitting power between generators, bulk distributor corporations, some direct customers and other states to ensure reliability and security of supply to all business and domestic consumers in New South Wales. TransGrid is also responsible for the development and provision of engineering and commercial services to customers in Australia and overseas on a profitable basis. Working within a competitive electricity market framework, TransGrid facilitates the trading of electricity energy between producers and consumers. Our customers include generators, electricity distributors, retailers, energy traders and interconnected transmission network operators within New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.

About Fujitsu Australia
Fujitsu is a global leader in information and communications technology solutions. Throughout Australia and New Zealand Fujitsu is recognised as a leading systems integrator and services provider. We deliver complex infrastructure systems and services, and business and telecommunications solutions, as well as offering access to a wide network of partners. From the desktop to the data centre; multivendor procurement to prime contracting; consulting to systems integration, Fujitsu has earned a reputation as the single supplier of choice for leading corporate and government organisations. Fujitsu Australia Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fujitsu Limited of Japan.

About Fujitsu
Fujitsu is a leading provider of customer-focused IT and communications solutions for the global marketplace. Pace-setting technologies, high-reliability/performance computing and telecommunications platforms, and a worldwide corps of systems and services experts make Fujitsu uniquely positioned to unleash the infinite possibilities of the broadband Internet to help its customers succeed. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 5 trillion yen (about US$38 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2002.

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