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Phoenix Fiberlink To Use Fujitsu Fiber-Optic Transmission Technology for Network Expansion Into Salt Lake City.

RICHARDSON, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 7, 1995--Fujitsu Network Transmission Systems, Inc. Tuesday announced that Phoenix Fiberlink, Inc., a pioneer in the competitive access provider (CAP) market, will purchase Fujitsu's family of fiber-optic transmission systems and element manager software for its Salt Lake City network.

In August 1995, PFI was granted a certificate of public convenience and necessity by the Utah State Public Service Commission to provide telecommunications services in the metropolitan Salt Lake City area. PFI is one of the first companies the Utah PSC has authorized to provide local exchange service, enabling the company to offer business customers advanced alternative local telephone services. In addition, PFI has been granted telecommunications franchises by Salt Lake City and the City of West Valley.

The network is scheduled for completion in late 1995 and consists of more than 40 miles of synchronous optical network (SONET) fiber-optic rings, which provide survivability in terms of uninterrupted services from single points of failure on the network, such as a fiber-optic cable cut.

"Fujitsu's broad family of SONET solutions and keen understanding of business service applications will enable PFI to offer maximum service reliability to telecommunications consumers in Utah," said Steve Hubbard, senior vice president of PFI.

"This multimillion dollar, multiple year partnership with PFI supports their goal of giving consumers a choice plus the benefits leading networking technology offers," said George Chase, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Fujitsu.

Fujitsu is a leading global supplier of equipment based on SONET standards. The Fujitsu Lightwave Multiplexer (FLM) product family includes systems that support transport speeds from 155 (OC-3) megabits per second to 2.4 (OC-48) gigabits per second. Service access is supported from T-1 (1.544 Mbps) to OC-3 rates, as well as cell relay, Ethernet and integrated services digital network (ISDN).

PFI is an affiliate of Phoenix American Inc., with headquarters in San Rafael, Calif. Phoenix American, through its affiliates and subsidiaries, is the parent company of a diversified group of financial services and communications companies. Founded in 1972, Phoenix has raised more than $935 million in equity and acquired more than $2 billion in assets. Other Phoenix American subsidiaries and affiliates are: Phoenix Leasing, Phoenix Cable, Phoenix Growth and Capital, ReSource/Phoenix, Phoenix Precision Graphics, Phoenix Service, Phoenix Securities and Phoenix Systems Exchange.

Fujitsu Network Transmission Systems, Inc., with headquarters in Richardson, Texas, is a leader in developing, manufacturing and marketing fiber optic networking platforms for delivering voice, data and video services to both residential and business users. The company also develops software that allows customers to perform in-service management and monitoring of the network. Customers include local exchange carriers, competitive access providers and cable TV operators, as well as large private networks in North America. Fujitsu Network Transmission Systems is part of Fujitsu Limited, a $30 billion global technology leader in computers, telecommunications and microelectronics.

CONTACT: Fujitsu Network Transmission Systems Inc., Richardson

Greg Wortman, 214/479-7726


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