Fujitsu Platforms Powers E-Max 1000 Long Haul Wholesale Ethernet Service

2/11/2004 - Fujitsu Network Communications Inc., a leading supplier of IT and networking solutions, announced that USCarrier Telecom, LLC selected the FLASHWAVE® 4100 optical access platform, FLASHWAVE 4500 Multi-Service Provisioning Platform (MSPP) and FLASHWAVE 7420 metro Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) platform to support its recently launched E-Max 1000 Long Haul Wholesale Ethernet Service. The new E-Max 1000 service will allow customers to build Ethernet networks connecting major cities and rural communities throughout Georgia and the southeast United States. In addition, USCarrier has chosen the Fujitsu NETSMART® 1500 Element Management System (EMS) to provision a wide variety of advanced broadband services and monitor the entire network.

"Since inception, the goal of USCarrier Telecom has been to build high-speed, broadband networks that offer our customers innovative, cost-effective and reliable networking solutions," said Michael S. Layer, president and CEO at USCarrier. "The advanced multiservice and DWDM capabilities of the FLASHWAVE platforms will allow USCarrier to build dedicated, broadband networks using bandwidth tiers, a capability not possible with traditional SONET/TDM transport equipment. We will use NETSMART 1500 to rapidly turn up service to new and existing customers without having to send technicians to every site. In addition to reducing our operational expenses, the NETSMART 1500 EMS gives us a significant advantage over our competition by allowing us to sell a service today and provision live customer traffic tomorrow."

The FLASHWAVE 7420 DWDM platform is currently being installed in the USCarrier Telecom network and several FLASHWAVE 4100 and FLASHWAVE 4500 MSPPs are currently installed, with new nodes being added every month. Installation of the NETSMART 1500 EMS is also in progress.

"USCarrier Telecom shares our passion for delivering solutions to complex networking problems through the use of state-of-the-art technology and impeccable reliability," said George Chase, group president and chief operating officer of Fujitsu Network Communications. "The carrier-class capabilities of the FLASHWAVE 7420 DWDM platform will allow USCarrier to grow the capacity of their existing DWDM network and expand it to reach new markets and customers. Plus, with the addition of the FLASHWAVE 4100 platform for optical access and the FLASHWAVE 4500 MSPP for high-capacity optical grooming, USCarrier will continue to provide unparalleled, innovative, networking solutions."

The FLASHWAVE 7420 platform, sold exclusively by Fujitsu to North American service providers as part of a strategic Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) agreement with ADVA Optical Networking, is a flexible, cost-effective system that significantly extends the distance capabilities for voice, video, data and storage applications. The carrier-class platform can be used to dramatically increase bandwidth and service flexibility, while supporting new revenue-generating opportunities for high-speed Local Area Network (LAN) and Storage Area Network (SAN) services.

About USCarrier Telecom, LLC
USCarrier Telecom, LLC is a one-source provider of high-capacity, high-speed telecommunications bandwidth. Wholesale services include long-haul transport, metro Atlanta access, long-distance and Internet access connecting more than 40 cities in Georgia, Alabama, Florida and the Southeast. Headquartered in Atlanta, USCarrier has an operations center in Macon, GA with technicians deployed throughout the state. USCarrier has more than 4,000 route-miles of state-of-the-art fiber optic network in four states, monitored twenty-four hours, seven days a week. For additional information, visit:

About Fujitsu Network Communications Inc.
Fujitsu Network Communications Inc., a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702), is a leading provider of customer-focused IT and carrier-class telecommunications solutions for the Service Provider and Cable TV market in North America. Supported by smart innovation and deep-rooted research from Fujitsu Labs, Fujitsu is uniquely positioned to deliver fully integrated IT/Telecom solutions for its customers. The company's comprehensive consulting and customer services offer support at any network design, development, deployment and maintenance stage. For additional information, visit:

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

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