Fujitsu's FLASHWAVE 9500 platform gains RUS acceptance

Fujitsu has gained a ticket into the rural ILEC space as it received Rural Utilities Service (RUS) Technical Acceptance for its FLASHWAVE 9500 Packet Optical Networking Platform (Packet ONP).

While Fujistu's FLASHWAVE platforms are widely deployed by major service providers, including Verizon (NYSE: VZ), Fujitsu's FLASHWAVE products will also resonate with independent telcos that are upgrading their respective core and last mile networks to deliver VoIP, IPTV and even Ethernet-based business services.

Gaining RUS acceptance for the 9500 platform is a checklist item for Fujitsu in its ongoing drive into the independent telco market. Already, Fujitsu has gained RUS acceptance for a number of other FLASHWAVE platforms including the 7500 Reconfigurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexer (ROADM), FLASHWAVE 4500 Multiservice Provisioning Platform (MSPP), the FLASHWAVE 4100 optical access platform, the FLASHWAVE 4010 remote SONET extension platform, the FLASHWAVE 7120 managed wavelength system, and the FLASHWAVE 7420 DWDM platform.

By having the RUS certification in hand, Fujitsu is obviously hoping to tap into the bevy of broadband stimulus projects being built with broadband stimulus funding.

Already Fujitsu's move into the independent ILEC space with RUS certification is paying off. Earlier this month, Fujitsu lead a joint consortium with partners Juniper (NYSE: JNPR) and Calix (NYSE: CALX) to provide professional services and its FLASHWAVE 9500 platform to Horizon Telcom's Connecting Appalachia stimulus project that will provide fiber-based services to 34 counties in Ohio.

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