Fujitsu Takes on WorldCom’s
‘Terabit Challenge’ with FLASHWAVETM OADX
Largest Capacity DWDM System
is Put to Test in Carrier’s Network
RICHARDSON, Texas, DATE, 2000 WorldCom is testing a massive bandwidth
transmission system from Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc., moving
vast amounts of bandwidth in a real-world fiber environment. WorldCom
has named this testing the "Terabit Challenge."
Fujitsu is supplying its FLASHWAVE OADX dense wavelength division
multiplexing (DWDM) system for the Terabit Challenge, which began
in October and is scheduled for completion at the end of the year.
Network deployments are targeted to commence in 2001.
WorldCom selected Fujitsu to participate in the Terabit Challenge
following lengthy evaluation of a number of competing suppliers.
The FLASHWAVE OADX is a next generation DWDM transmission and optical
add/drop platform that provides up to 176 channels, each capable
of carrying 10 gigabits (billion bits) per second of traffic. The
system uses 88 channels in each of two bands of the transmission
spectrum, the C and L bands, using 50GHz spacing between each channel.
"WorldCom conducts extensive testing on all vendor products
and services before deployment on the network, ensuring the highest
possible quality and compatibility," said Fred Briggs, chief
technology officer, WorldCom. "The Terabit Challenge allows
vendors to showcase their products while allowing WorldCom to test
various network solutions."
The Terabit Challenge network environment reflects the real world
that carriers face as they attempt to deploy ever-higher bandwidth
to fill the needs of their business and residential customers. Product
implementation will begin by 2001, once successful testing has been
completed"Fujitsu is eager to demonstrate our technical and
real-world networking superiority in the Terabit Challenge,"
said Ron Martin, executive vice president and chief operating officer
of Fujitsu Network Communications. "This gives us the opportunity
to prove the reliability, flexibility, and scalability of our FLASHWAVE
OADX system to WorldCom and other carriers. These super-high-bandwidth
systems are the future of network transport, and WorldCom’s Terabit
Challenge provides a strong push toward that future."
"Fujitsu is thrilled to take part in WorldCom's Terabit Challenge
and we will spare no effort to make it a success," said Koichi Ohta,
Transport Systems Group President and Member of the Board, Fujitsu
Limited. "Through this pathbreaking testing, we are confident that
the strengths of our technology will come to be widely recognized
in the industry, and we intend to carve out a leadership position
in the global broadband transport market."
Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc., designs and manufactures
fiber-optic transmission and broadband switching platforms, develops
software that allows customers to perform in-service management
and monitoring of the telephone network, and provides network design,
installation, and maintenance services. Its customers include local
exchange carriers, interexchange carriers, competitive access providers,
and cable TV operators, as well as large private networks in North
America. Fujitsu Network Communications is part of Fujitsu Limited
(TSE: 6702), a $50 billion leading provider of comprehensive information
technology and networking solutions for the global marketplace.
Product information is available by calling 800-777-FAST. Its World
Wide Web site is www.fnc.fujitsu.com.
FLASHWAVETM is a trademark
of Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc.