Fujitsu's Got a Grip on SBC

Fujitsu Network Communications Inc. (FNC) announced Tuesday that SBC Communications Inc. (NYSE: SBC) is deploying more Flashwave 4500 Sonet ADMs in its network. The equipment maker says it has gone past first office applications and its boxes are carrying live traffic in the old Ameritech portion of SBC's net.

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

opti_blowfish 12/5/2012 | 12:11:22 AM
re: Fujitsu's Got a Grip on SBC FNC has the best next gen SONET products out there, 4100, 4300 and 4500 !!! Nortel and Lucent are the only real competitors and they are getting beat badly. Cisco is still trying to sell the Cerent 454 box. This thing was designed at a start up and no matter how much tinkering will never match FNC quality.
ThurstonHowell3rd 12/5/2012 | 12:11:19 AM
re: Fujitsu's Got a Grip on SBC Nice post... don't hurt yourself patting yourself on the back...

The reality is Fuji's development cycles are measured in geological epochs... and I guess we won't mention that little proble with support for concatenated OC48's

Tell me... what is it like to be yelling at the top of your lungs and be the only one in the room...

grapsfan 12/5/2012 | 12:11:17 AM
re: Fujitsu's Got a Grip on SBC Fujitsu has always been the primary ADM vendor for the SWBT and Ameritech regions of SBC. Nortel is the primary vendor for ADMs for PacBell.

I wouldn't read a whole lot new into this...the company is just doing what it's done since the 80s.
sevenbrooks 12/5/2012 | 12:11:15 AM
re: Fujitsu's Got a Grip on SBC
Its actually more significant for Cisco than Fujitsu. One can imagine Cisco scratching its head as it continues to be 0 for ever on the RBOC market.

captain kennedy 12/5/2012 | 12:11:14 AM
re: Fujitsu's Got a Grip on SBC "The reality is Fuji's development cycles are measured in geological epochs... "

You are right, and so to is there reliability. They may be late to the game but their reputation is very solid once they play.
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