Fujitsu finds partners for 'FASST' packet network
Fujitsu Network Communications has teamed with a group of vendors to create a platform that enables cable operators to migrate to more efficient, packet-based networks without stranding existing investments in Sonet, ATM and frame relay gear and OSS systems.
Fujitsu's Flexible Architecture for Subscriber Service Termination (FASST) is a portfolio comprised of its own broadband transport gear as well as optical Ethernet systems from Atrica and managed IP services and subscriber management systems from CoSine Communications.
FASST is built to support VoIP, Internet access, transparent LAN services, as well as video-on-demand and broadcast video, the companies said.
"Carriers, particularly [cable] MSOs, are looking to extract more value out of their network," said Fujitsu SVP Rodney Baine. The FASST program provides "a way for Fujitsu to be more than a transport vendor," he added.
Baine estimates that 30 percent of Fujitsu's revenue is coming from North American cable operators in support of their VOD and DWDM deployments.