Verizon Selects Fujitsu Packet Optical Networking Platform for Transport Infrastructure
FLASHWAVE® 9500 Platform to Support High-Capacity Metro Backbone Network for FiOS and other Advanced Broadband Services
LAS VEGAS, NV., June 2008 — Fujitsu Network Communications, a leading supplier of innovative optical and wireless networking solutions, announced today that Verizon has selected the Fujitsu FLASHWAVE® 9500 platform for deployment as a result of the Verizon Packet OTP RFP process. The platform will be used to enhance the metro transport infrastructure within Verizon markets in the United States to support and consolidate SONET, Ethernet, and wavelength services traffic in a variety of applications. In the FiOS network this infrastructure will facilitate deployment of packet-based services for Verizon customers, including high-definition video on demand, higher-speed Internet access, and advanced voice services.
“With its high capacity and ultimate flexibility to support any kind of transport networking, including SONET, DWDM and Ethernet services, the Fujitsu FLASHWAVE 9500 Packet Optical Networking Platform (Packet ONP) provides a critical platform for inter-office transport and Enterprise Ethernet/IP services, as well as FiOS services, including Video on Demand (VOD) and broadcast channel delivery” said Stu Elby, vice president of network architecture for Verizon Communications. “The platform’s forward looking capabilities will allow Verizon to accommodate unpredictable bandwidth, traffic types, and growth patterns in the most cost-effective manner.”
The FLASHWAVE 9500 platform’s advanced technology provides robust operational and economic benefits that will allow Verizon to create a manageable and scalable infrastructure to support growing demand of packet-based services. Verizon’s investment will be enhanced through the implementation of a purpose-built architecture that supports long-term network growth.
“We are extremely excited to continue our 25-year relationship with Verizon as a trusted supplier that is committed to Verizon’s success,” said George Chase, group president and chief operating officer at Fujitsu Network Communications. “Our experience and successful track record of delivering high quality solutions for the Verizon network, plus the power of the FLASHWAVE 9500 platform, creates a synergy that will help insure a successful transition to a packet optical transport network. This network will enable significant broadband service advancements for consumers and business customers, while creating operational and capital efficiencies for Verizon.”
Verizon will be utilizing several NETSMART® management software tools that are common to Fujitsu optical networking products to capitalize on the operational familiarity among personnel in the Verizon regions. The Fujitsu NETSMART 1500 Element Management System (EMS) will allow Verizon to support inventory flow-back, provisioning flow-through and fault management for their entire network of Fujitsu network elements. The NETSMART 2000 optical network design tool, which removes the complexity of creating DWDM/ROADM optical network designs, will be used to expedite deployment of the FLASHWAVE 9500 platform.
“As network operators transition their infrastructure to support IP-based services, the optical networking market is going through a radical transformation, with equipment vendors introducing converged platforms that support WDM, TDM, and packet transport and services,” said Ron Kline, research director of optical networks at Ovum. “Through this win the Fujitsu FLASHWAVE 9500 platform is well-positioned to grab a piece of the total market for converged packet optical networking, which we estimate could reach $2.4 billion by 2012.”
Summary of the FLASHWAVE 9500 Packet Optical Networking Platform
The FLASHWAVE 9500 Packet ONP provides the modular integration of Ethernet, ROADM, and SONET transport technologies into a single addressable optical networking class element. The platform’s pluggable ROADM option and patent-pending universal switch fabric allow both circuit-based traffic and packet-based traffic to be transported in its native format to create a universal optical infrastructure.
The FLASHWAVE 9500 platform’s innovative ROADM-on-a-card technology allows for bulk bandwidth delivery while maintaining operational simplicity and optical transmission performance at a breakthrough density and cost-point. A two-degree, 40G-ready ROADM can be supported in one quarter of a shelf, while allowing easy expansion to multiple degrees. The FLASHWAVE 9500 system also supports connection-oriented Ethernet transport technology to deliver private-line quality packet aggregation and connectivity services in a unified Ethernet services network. All SONET, DWDM and Ethernet features are provided with the proven operational robustness of optical networking, including transport-class software and database management, management interface functionality, and precision fault sectionalization.
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