Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Tennessee Valley Authority Selects Fujitsu for NGN

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), the largest public power company in the U.S., has awarded a federal contract to Fujitsu Network Communications for a large optical network that links TVA main offices and key substation sites across seven states. TVA will deploy the Fujitsu FLASHWAVE and NETSMART product lines for its next-generation network, which will be constructed in multiple stages over several years.

This new, high-performance optical network will support a wide array of service types, including Gigabit Ethernet connections between routers, Fibre Channel connections between remote backup sites, and SONET/TDM connections that support their Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) system.

Fujitsu's FLASHWAVE 4500 Multi-Service Provisioning Platforms (MSPPs) will be interconnected by high-capacity and geographically large SONET rings. FLASHWAVE 4100 MSPPs deployed at larger substations will provide additional service capacity and interface flexibility.

For larger spans, or in locations where fiber availability is constrained, TVA is deploying the FLASHWAVE 7120 optical extension system, which was recently added to the FLASHWAVE portfolio through an OEM alliance with BTI Photonic Systems. The FLASHWAVE 7120 optical extension system will also support the anticipated growth of the TVA network to 32 wavelengths between various sites.

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