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Fujitsu Partners with Missouri Research and Education Network (MOREnet) to Upgrade to 100G Capacity, Enabling Vital Work Within the Community

Fujitsu, a leading provider of business, information technology, and communications solutions, announced today that the Missouri Research and Education Network (MOREnet) has upgraded its infrastructure leveraging Fujitsu optical networking solutions. By evolving to a network providing 100G capacity today and up to 1T in the future, MOREnet is enabling scientists, researchers, educators, and physicians practicing in teaching hospitals, to advance their work by easily sharing very large data sets and images, participating in video conferencing, and downloading streaming audio and video, among other vital applications.

MOREnet began serving Missouri's K-12 schools, colleges and universities, public libraries, state and local government, teaching hospitals and clinics and other affiliate organizations more than 20 years ago. This latest project, which began in early 2013, continues MOREnet’s commitment to bringing Missourians the latest in networking capabilities.

By choosing Fujitsu’s FLASHWAVE® 9500 Packet Optical Networking Platform (Packet ONP), MOREnet can transport any combination of Ethernet, ROADM, SONET/SDH and OTN traffic with a single addressable network element. The FLASHWAVE 9500 platform supports 100G bandwidth today, and with the integration of Fujitsu’s next generation transceivers currently in field trials, seamlessly upgrades to 400G, 800G and 1T per channel in the future. The network is managed by Fujitsu’s NETSMART® network management software, allowing MOREnet administrators to perform network-wide provisioning, maintenance and surveillance from a centralized location with point-and-click ease.

“The 100G circuit we created from Columbia to Kansas City and another 100G circuit from Columbia to St. Louis will help Missouri stay at the forefront of research and education,” said Hank Niederhelm, Director of Infrastructure at MOREnet. “We’re very excited that both circuits will connect to Internet2’s National Innovation Platform, making MOREnet the only research and education network providing network transport services for Internet2. The partnership and industry-leading technology of Fujitsu Network Communications are key factors in helping us serve our members and positions us for greater opportunities in the future.”

“Fujitsu is proud to be partnering with MOREnet for their next generation 100G packet-optical backbone, enabled by the FLASHWAVE 9500 Packet Optical Networking Platform,” said Rod Naphan, CTO of Fujitsu Network Communications. “MOREnet’s investment into their infrastructure enhances an already robust level of service for libraries, K-12, higher education facilities and state agencies which serves to benefit the quality of life for Missourians state-wide.”

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About Fujitsu

Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company offering a full range of technology products, solutions and services. Approximately 170,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.4 trillion yen (US$47 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2013. For more information, please see http://www.fujitsu.com.

About Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc.

Fujitsu Network Communications Inc., headquartered in Richardson, Texas, is an innovator in Connection-Oriented Ethernet and optical transport technologies. A market leader in packet optical networking solutions, WDM and SONET, Fujitsu offers wireless access and transport solutions; a broad portfolio of multivendor network services, as well as end-to-end solutions for design, implementation, migration, support and management of optical and wireless networks. For seven consecutive years Fujitsu has been named the U.S. photonics patent leader, and is the only major optical networking vendor to manufacture its own equipment in North America. Fujitsu has over 500,000 network elements deployed by major North American carriers across the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia. For more information, please see: http://us.fujitsu.com/telecom.

About MOREnet

The Missouri Research and Education Network (MOREnet) is a member-driven consortium serving Missouri's K-12 schools, colleges and universities, public libraries, state and local government, teaching hospitals and clinics and other affiliate organizations. MOREnet, which operates as a separate business unit within the University of Missouri, was created in 1991 to deliver secure, reliable and robust Internet connectivity to its members. Today, MOREnet has evolved from an Internet service provider to an organization deploying and supporting the technology resources its members need to be successful. MOREnet provides technical support, videoconferencing support, technical training, hosted and managed cloud services, disaster recovery services and network security. MOREnet is committed to supporting and enabling its members’ missions through the use of technology to enhance opportunities for public access, learning and research. For more information visit www.more.net.

Fujitsu (and design)® and “shaping tomorrow with you” are trademarks of Fujitsu Limited in the United States and other countries. FLASHWAVE® and NETSMART® are trademarks of Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc. (USA). All rights reserved. Information provided in this press release is accurate at time of publication and is subject to change without advance notice.

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