Fujitsu Offers Solution

Fujitsu announced new metro wireless mesh solution for North American telecom carriers, cable/MSO operators, utilities and municipalities

June 21, 2006

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DENVER -- Fujitsu Network Communications Inc., a leading supplier of IT and wireline/wireless networking solutions, announced today the availability of a new metro wireless mesh solution for North American telecom carriers, cable/MSO operators, utilities and municipalities. This end-to-end, turnkey solution combines highly regarded Wi-Fi mesh products from BelAir Networks and comprehensive professional services from Fujitsu to create a unique wireless solution that integrates seamlessly within current infrastructure and operations. Extensive experience in providing leading-edge solutions within multi-vendor and multi-technology networks allows Fujitsu to offer a seamless systems integration experience.

“The combination of Fujitsu services and BelAir Networks products makes it simpler for carriers, cable operators and cities to leverage wireless mesh technology for the benefit of citizens, subscribers, government employees and public safety personnel,” said Tara Howard, broadband access technologies analyst, Yankee Group. “Both companies have demonstrated a strong commitment to the cable/MSO space, which further underscores the significant role that cable operators will play in mesh networking within North America.”

Under the terms of a new agreement with BelAir Networks, Fujitsu will resell their entire portfolio of carrier-class Wi-Fi products. The portfolio offers the industry’s most diverse set of environmentally hardened outdoor Wi-Fi devices, with single-, dual- and multi-radio products that provide uniform, high-density, and high-bandwidth broadband wireless capabilities. The multi-radio product solution supports a true wireless mesh, which is the only architecture capable of providing scalable and deterministic services across a Wide Area Network (WAN). Within the same wireless network, carriers can offer applications such as Virtual Private Networking (VPN), Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), T1 access and mobility, with multiple service levels that range from casual subscription to commercial grade.

The IEEE 802.11a point-to-point backhaul radios within the products operate within the 5.0 to 5.8 GHz unlicensed band, providing dedicated and isolated wireless backhaul links. The products support IEEE 802.11b/g access at maximum power output and optimized sensitivities. The product solution can be wall-, rooftop-, tower-, pole- or strand-mounted for maximum flexibility and they support a variety of line interfaces, including Ethernet (10/100Base-T and 100Base-FX), T1 and Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification (DOCSIS®).

Fujitsu Network Life Cycle Services are also available to help carriers create and extend their Wi-Fi footprint by utilizing planning services such as RF engineering, site acquisition and site preparation. When carriers are ready to build their network, Fujitsu offers a full line of deployment services, which include installation and test/turn-up services, as well as backhaul and back-office connectivity provisioning. Fujitsu will manage even the most detailed logistics of deployment, including all local permits, inspections, and contracts needed to deploy the network. Carriers can also opt to have Fujitsu monitor and maintain their wireless network with Network Operations Center (NOC) services and provide full network statistics so carriers maintain full visibility to the inner workings of their network. Full maintenance and support is also available 24x7, with rapid deployment of on-site technical assistance personnel and spares management as needed.

“Fujitsu is always looking for ways to improve the broadband access experience for service providers and their customers,” said Jim Hintze, senior vice president of marketing at Fujitsu Network Communications. “The ubiquitous nature of Wi-Fi in consumer devices makes having a robust wireless solution based on IEEE 802.11a/b/g a valuable component of any wireless product portfolio. However, our solution goes well beyond a simple product strategy. We believe that our end-to-end wireless strategy, which features best-in-class products, a full suite of professional services, and a seamless systems integration experience, gives us an optimal solution for the North American market.”

“We’re really pleased that Fujitsu has chosen to integrate the BelAir Networks portfolio into their end-to-end metro wireless mesh offering.” said Jim Freeze, senior vice president of marketing and business development at BelAir Networks. “BelAir Networks has built its reputation on delivering a complete portfolio of robust, carrier-grade wireless mesh products; this agreement with Fujitsu further validates our unique approach and is a perfect fit with the rest of their carrier-class portfolio.”

Fujitsu Network Communications Inc.

BelAir Networks Inc.

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