Fujitsu's Got a Grip on SBC
FNC's Sonet products includes the Flashwave 4100 for edge applications, the Flashwave 4300 for access aggregation and grooming, and the Flashwave 4500 for connecting interoffice facilities. FNC's Flashwave 4500 competes with other ADMs, such as Cisco Systems Inc.'s (Nasdaq: CSCO) ONS 15454.
"We have deployed 100 boxes since Christmas and we expect that number to run into the thousands when it's all said and done," says FNC spokesman John Stewart. [Ed. note: That's John Stewart, not Jon Stewart.]
"Part of the reason why we were selected is that... SBC is able to leverage its current embedded base of FNC systems while introducing new capabilities such as Ethernet services. Stewart says the first deployments will provide OC3, OC12, and OC48 connectivity with potential for future OC192 upgrades.
FNC says a single Flashwave 4500 shelf that occupies one-third of a rack is an optical hub for up to 2 OC192, 10 OC48, 40 OC12 and/or 40 OC3 protected connections.
The deal to win SBC's business came from a request for proposal SBC issued last year. Light Reading sources say Nortel Networks Corp. (NYSE/Toronto: NT) is the other ADM supplier in the contract, but SBC declined to comment or provide any further details.
— Phil Harvey, Senior Editor, Light Reading