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OEM Alliance between Fujitsu and BTI Photonic Systems Brings BTI Optical Platform to FLASHWAVE Portfolio; BTI Netstender to be known as the Fujitsu FLASHWAVE 7120 Optical Extension System; Three Versions Available Immediately.

CHICAGO -- Fujitsu Network Communications Inc., a leading supplier of IT and wireline/wireless networking solutions, and BTI Photonics Systems Inc., a leading supplier of metro edge connectivity for the build-out of new broadband services, announced today an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) alliance to begin the Telcordia(R) OSMINE(TM) process and fully integrate BTI's Netstender(TM) platform into the Fujitsu FLASHWAVE(R) portfolio, where it will become the FLASHWAVE 7120 optical extension system. The platform will be at SUPERCOMM(R) 2005 (Fujitsu Booth No. 41015) from June 7 through June 9, 2005 at McCormick Place in Chicago.

The FLASHWAVE 7120 optical extension system offers a cost-effective way to transport today's advanced services over spans that exceed the available fiber capacity or typical reach of metro optics. The platform allows carriers to combine multiplexing, amplification, signal conditioning, optical add/drop, and performance monitoring in a managed solution that can be easily deployed in metro and regional networks. Combining optical layer functions into a single, flexible, and space-efficient platform greatly reduces the deployment cost and operational complexity of adding each function incrementally.

The FLASHWAVE 7120 system is available in three shelf sizes to accommodate a wide variety of installation and upgrade options. The FLASHWAVE 7120 Passive Shelf offers an ultra compact 1U (1.75") chassis with support for two passive circuit packs in low-density applications. The FLASHWAVE 7120 Small Shelf allows any combination of two active or passive circuit packs to be installed in a 1U chassis. The FLASHWAVE 7120 Large Shelf features increased flexibility with support for up to five hot-swappable service interface packs within its modular 2U (3.5") chassis. The FLASHWAVE 7120 optical extension system supports direct connection narrowband optics, including optics from other FLASHWAVE products, which drives both cost and complexity from a carrier's network.

"Fujitsu optical transport products are widely considered the standard for quality; one of the main reasons why we continue to lead both the next-generation SONET and Re-configurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexer (ROADM) markets," said Bill Erickson, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Fujitsu Network Communications. "After a detailed product testing and certification process, we have determined that BTI's Netstender system meets our stringent quality standards. We have initiated the OSMINE process with Telcordia and have adopted an OEM arrangement with BTI to fully integrate the product into our FLASHWAVE product portfolio."

"BTI is providing Fujitsu with a photonic layer solution that will allow their customers to expand their broadband services footprint at the network edge," said Lance Laking, president and CEO of BTI Photonic Systems. "This OEM arrangement brings together Fujitsu's market leading position with BTI's technology leadership to address service provider's broadband services buildouts."

The FLASHWAVE 7120 architecture scales to allow 23 service slots from multiple shelves to be managed as a single network element with a single processor. Integration with the NETSMART(R) 500 craft interface and NETSMART 1500 Element Management System (EMS) allows the FLASHWAVE 7120 platform and other Fujitsu optical transport products to be seamlessly managed by a common support infrastructure. The FLASHWAVE 7120 optical extension system includes comprehensive Transaction Language 1 (TL1) and Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) support, which allows integration with a wide variety of operating procedures and third-party management systems.

About BTI Photonic Systems Inc.

BTI Photonic Systems is a leading global supplier of Metro Edge optical systems for service providers' build-out of new broadband services. BTI's Netstender(TM) is the industry's first independent managed platform, providing a unique photonic layer approach for broadband service connectivity at the metro edge. For more information, visit

About Fujitsu Network Communications Inc.

Fujitsu Network Communications Inc. creates and delivers robust wireline and wireless solutions that power next-generation telecommunication networks. With an unequalled portfolio of IT and telecom products and the support of Fujitsu Limited, a $44.5B company with over 150,000 professionals in more than 100 countries, Fujitsu helps its customers fuse information and networking technology with commercial value. Over 300,000 Fujitsu network elements have been deployed by all major carriers across North America. As the metro market leader in both SONET and ROADM technology, the fundamental building blocks of next-generation networks, Fujitsu is helping customers take networking beyond convergence. For more information, please visit

FLASHWAVE(R) and NETSMART(R) are trademarks of Fujitsu Network Communications Inc. (USA). FUJITSU (and design) (R) and THE POSSIBILITIES ARE INFINITE(TM) are trademarks of Fujitsu Limited. Netstender(TM) is a trademark of BTI Photonic Systems Inc. Telcordia(R) and OSMINE(TM) are trademarks of Telcordia Technologies, Inc. in the U.S., other countries, or both. SUPERCOMM(R) is a trademark of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) and the United States Telecom Association (USTA). All rights reserved. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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