FastTrack Communications selects Fujitsu FLASHWAVE platforms for DWDM network

OCTOBER 12, 2009 -- FastTrack Communications has selected Fujitsu FLASHWAVE platforms, professional services, and hosted software to create a next-generation DWDM network.

OCTOBER 12, 2009 -- FastTrack Communications, a provider of voice and data network services, has selected Fujitsu FLASHWAVE platforms, professional services, and hosted software to create a next-generation DWDM network. The network will be used for private line services, data, and backhaul for wireless networks to meet FastTrack Communications customers' escalating bandwidth demands.

FastTrack Communications has deployed the Fujitsu FLASHWAVE 7120 wavelength services access platform to provide immediate capacity. By the end of 2009, the company plans to expand this network using the Fujitsu FLASHWAVE 7500 reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexing (ROADM) platform to support up to 40 wavelengths of voice, video, and data traffic.

FastTrack Communications selected the Fujitsu Hosted Element Management System (EMS) service to allow the company to focus on generating revenue from its new DWDM network without having to maintain a separate data center for network management. FastTrack Communications also selected Fujitsu Network Life Cycle Services to maximize network reliability for its regional network. In addition to managing the network installation, the service and support package FastTrack selected will include 24x7x365 access to experienced Fujitsu personnel for technical assistance, training courses, craft interface software, and repair and return.

"We reviewed numerous technical solutions for our core network, and Fujitsu just kept coming out on top," explains Steven Dorf, chief executive officer of FastTrack Communications. "From their inherent product flexibility, scalability, and reliability to the personalized service we received from Fujitsu, we know this is the best solution for us. Most importantly, unlike our incumbent supplier, Fujitsu is a financially stable partner who will be there for us in the long run.

"Our network extends from Albuquerque, NM, to Grand Junction, CO -- areas which experience both extreme high and low temperatures across remote areas where it's not easy to dispatch a technician," Dorf continues. "Having a highly reliable network is critically important to us, and Fujitsu puts the same emphasis on reliability as we do with products that clearly stand out in the industry in terms of quality and survivability."

The Fujitsu Hosted EMS network monitoring service provides robust functionality and the benefits of a Network EMS without the need for software, servers, or support staff. Providing full fault, performance, and management control plus offering full client access, Fujitsu hosts the NETSMART 1500 EMS in Richardson, TX, at the company's network operations center (NOC) running on a dedicated server with redundancy in Sunnyvale, CA.

The FLASHWAVE 7120 wavelength services access platform combines access WDM and intelligent edge service delivery on a single platform. The system's density, size, and low power consumption make it appropriate for simultaneously addressing bandwidth and fiber constraints and delivering managed services and wavelengths at the network edge.

FastTrack Communications is finalizing plans to deploy the FLASHWAVE 7500 ROADM to create a converged core transport network of up to 40 wavelengths. This platform will provide the company with advanced DWDM, optical hubbing, ROADM, and network design options for its growing metro and regional network.

"From initial meetings through network deployment and post-sale customer support, we strive to provide the same superior service experience to all of our customers, regardless of size," says Jim Hintze, senior vice president of sales at Fujitsu Network Communications.

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