TELUS deploys Fujitsu FLASHWAVE optical networking platforms for converged network

OCTOBER 14, 2009 -- Canadian telecommunications corporation TELUS has selected Fujitsu FLASHWAVE packet optical networking platforms for its next-generation converged packet/TDM optical network.

OCTOBER 14, 2009 -- Canadian telecommunications corporation TELUS has selected Fujitsu FLASHWAVE packet optical networking platforms (packet ONPs, or PONPs) for its next-generation converged packet/TDM optical network. The network will enable next-generation IP, Ethernet and optical services and create a scalable infrastructure that is intended to encourage development and use of new multimedia applications by business and residential customers.

TELUS has begun deployment of the Fujitsu FLASHWAVE 9500 and FLASHWAVE 4100 ES PONPs. Network planning, management, and professional services support are being provided by the complete line of Fujitsu NETSMART software offerings and Network Life Cycle Services.

"Our selection of Fujitsu packet optical networking platforms is part of our strategy to create a fully converged packet optical network throughout Canada, and place our customers at the forefront of broadband capabilities," says Zouheir Mansourati, vice president of technology strategy for TELUS. "The Fujitsu FLASHWAVE 9500 packet ONP combines the functionality of connection-oriented Ethernet and SONET/SDH with the flexibility of a ROADM [reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexer] in a single shelf. This combination enables faster time-to-market, provides greatly expanded capacity for video and wireless applications, and lowers the cost of delivering next-generation and legacy services."

The pluggable ROADM option and patent-pending universal switch fabric of the FLASHWAVE 9500 PONP allow both Ethernet and SONET/SDH traffic to be transported in their native framing formats to create a universal optical infrastructure. The FLASHWAVE 4100 ES micro PONP offers a 2-RU (3.5-in.) modular unit for high concentrations of DS1, DS3, and Ethernet services. Both platforms include integrated connection-oriented Ethernet technology that delivers the interface flexibility, statistical multiplexing, and packet aggregation benefits of Ethernet with the quality-of-service performance and security of SONET/SDH, says Fujitsu.

"TELUS and Fujitsu share a powerful network convergence vision that is enabled by packet optical networking," notes Rod Naphan, vice president of product and strategic planning at Fujitsu Network Communications. "Packet optical networking supports the seamless integration of connection-oriented Ethernet and TDM traffic over a scalable, ROADM-based network. The resulting packet optical transport and aggregation solution will allow TELUS to bring a host of advanced Ethernet, IP and broadband services to its business and residential customers."

TELUS is using the NETSMART 2000 network design and planning tool to input communication requirements and develop comprehensive network designs. Operations, administration, maintenance, and provisioning (OAM&P) tasks are managed via the Fujitsu NETSMART 1500 Element Management System (EMS) and NETSMART 500 Graphical User Interface (GUI). The platforms are designed to deliver large-scale service provisioning, database management, fault sectionalization, and advanced reporting required for the operational robustness of highly available optical networks.

Fujitsu is providing TELUS with Network Life Cycle Services to maximize network reliability for its nationwide network. The service and support package selected by TELUS will include 24x7x365 access to Fujitsu personnel for technical assistance and on-site support.

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