Japanese ICT company Fujitsu has announced the expansion of its UK subsidiary’s 100G high speed national fibre network, with the company noting that the infrastructure now includes an additional 2,500km of dark fibre. According to Fujitsu, the expansion will enable ‘true 100Gbps data across [its] Managed Wavelength Service (MWS), ensuring Fujitsu customers receive a carrier-grade high capacity, low latency network solution to underpin the most demanding service, communication and high performance computing tasks’. Highlighting the current status of its infrastructure, Fujitsu noted that with access to more than 6,000km of dark fibre in partnership with UK collocation data centre operator SSE, the network provides connectivity between Fujitsu’s data centres and many strategic UK-wide collocation facilities interconnecting with all major Tier 1 and Tier 2 telecommunications and internet service providers (ISPs). The network has reportedly been designed using ADVA Optical Networking’s 100G Agile Core platform with flexible reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplexers (ROADM), enabling real time wavelength provisioning and switching across the core network. Such technology, it is claimed, offers a number of benefits including bandwidth-on-demand, which allows customers to adjust requirements on-the-fly, based on changing business needs.
Commenting on the network development, Andy Stevenson, executive director, Hosting & Network Solutions, Fujitsu UK & Ireland, noted: ‘This significant expansion is a direct response to customers’ increasing demand to transport very-high-bandwidth data faster and further than ever before. An effective infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) begins and ends with the network; the true benefits can only be realised if the interconnect between enterprise and datacentre does not present a bottleneck. Fujitsu’s long-standing optical heritage ensures that customers get the fastest and most resilient service available today.’