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Northwestel Selects Fujitsu for Extension of Broadband Capabilities to Serve Remote Northern Canadian Communities

Fujitsu, a leading provider of business, information technology, and communications solutions, announced today that Northwestel, a communications solutions provider in northern Canada, has chosen Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc. as its partner to bring broadband connectivity to communities of the Western-Arctic’s Mackenzie Delta area. Northwestel will implement Fujitsu’s long-haul, packet transport, microwave technology as part of a five-year Modernization Plan designed to upgrade telecommunications solutions for northern businesses, residential customers and local governments.

Northwestel’s upgraded network infrastructure is designed to benefit all segments of its customer base. Businesses will be able to communicate through videoconferencing; educators can stream multimedia content into their classrooms to bring lessons to life; government institutions will better serve citizens by putting routine tasks, such as permit processing, online; and consumers will have a better, faster broadband experience in their homes.

“We are committed to upgrading services under our Modernization Plan by making network investments that contribute to a better quality of life and greater economic opportunity for the communities we serve,” said Don Pumphrey, Vice President of Advanced Network Deployment, Northwestel. “By building on our relationship with Fujitsu we’re further extending existing technology investments while adding capabilities to serve more of the population.”

Following a review of competing technology providers, Northwestel found that Fujitsu’s complete solution of hardware, software and professional services best served the communications provider’s more remote users.

Northwestel selected the Fujitsu FRX-3E Long-Haul Microwave Radio System for its performance, configuration flexibility and modular design. The FRX-3E supports Ethernet services with up to 4Gbps capacity, while its 16RF channels give it tremendous scalability. The innovative design elements of the FRX-3E give it the highest-capacity and density in the industry. The design is also environmentally responsible, allowing the microwave radio system to maintain its signal strength while consuming low power.

Additionally, Northwestel will use Fujitsu’s NETSMART® Management System carrier-class software to manage, provision and monitor the FRX-3E. The communications provider already uses the NETSMART Management System to perform these functions in conjunction with previously installed Fujitsu FLASHWAVE® Packet Optical Networking Platforms (Packet ONPs).

Fujitsu’s professional services team is also part of the solution for Northwestel. Professional services staff will perform System Line-up and Testing on each unit prior to its delivery to the field, as well as provide maintenance training for technicians and remote technical assistance.

“Our relationship with Northwestel began in 2009 and has continued as a real partnership ever since,” said Paul Havala, Vice President of Solutions Planning, Fujitsu Network Communications. “Northwestel has focused on continually bringing the most capable technologies to its customers, even in the very challenging terrain in which they live and work. At Fujitsu we take pride in the role we’ve played, enabling everything from robust and scalable wireless backhaul to efficient delivery of packet services.”

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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

About Fujitsu Network Communications

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:

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