SEPTEMBER 5, 2007 — The West River Cooperative Telephone Company (WRCTC) in western South Dakota installed FLASHWAVE optical networking upgrades from Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc., bringing broadband voice and high-speed Internet services to customers in eight rural areas. The total installation services about 6,500 square miles.
Fujitsu Network Communications, based in Richardson, Texas, provided FLASHWAVE 4500 multiservice provisioning platforms (MSPPs) to 10 locations. WRCTC leveraged the platforms' resilient packet ring (RPR) capabilities to carry voice and data traffic between sites without dedicated lines. Nodes are connected with an OC-192, 10-Gbits/sec. SONET optical fiber ring, which supports instant self-healing functions. WRCTC also added two FLASHWAVE 4100 extension shelf (ES) nodes at its headquarters in Bison, SD. The ES nodes aggregate circuits into larger connections and interconnect with the Internet backbone.
Integrating these upgrades with our existing Fujitsu network minimized costs, which is vital to a not-for-profit co-op, explains Jerry Reisenauer, GM, WRCTC. SDN, WRCTC's cooperative holding company, updated its existing Fujitsu NETSMART 1500 element management system (EMS) software to simplify management, provisioning, and surveillance of the upgraded network.
Fujitsu Network Life Cycle Services supported the installation, which was completed and turned up in one month. Initial implementation services covered engineering, furnishing, and installation (EF&I). The Fujitsu group also provided turn up and test services, and program management.