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| Telecom Carrier Crosswave to Install Ciena's WDM Gear
March 2, 1999 (TOKYO) -- Crosswave Communications Inc. (CWC) said that
it is deploying wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM) telecom equipment
from Ciena Corp. of the United States to prepare for the start of its
services in April.
is a new telecom carrier that is jointly owned by Internet Initiative
Japan Inc. (IIJ), Toyota Motor Corp. and Sony Corp.
The Tokyo-based company is buying about US$20 million worth of Ciena
products. The equipment is being installed in Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka,
Hokuriku (northwestern Honshu) and other service areas to be covered
by CWC's optical-fiber network. CWC was established in October 1998.
Previously, CWC had given no indication which vendors it had selected
for WDM and other network equipment.
Specifically, CWC is installing Ciena's MultiWave Sentry 4000 WDM equipment.
To construct its service network, the company intends to acquire an indefeasible
right of use (IRU) for optical-fiber cables from KDD Corp., and will
then connect the optical-fiber cables to WDM equipment and synchronous
optical network (SONET) transmission devices.
This infrastructure will enable the company to offer inexpensive and
high-speed network services to corporate clients and Internet service
"Ciena's MultiWave Sentry 4000 system meets our deployment schedule and
has a proven track record," a CWC official said.
Also, Ciena products were selected by the three Japanese telecom carriers
already using WDM technology -- KDD (formerly Teleway Corp.), Japan
Telecom Co., Ltd. and DDI Corp.
WDM equipment is an essential component for the new high-capacity and
high-speed infrastructures sought by telecom carriers in Japan and other
advanced countries. Leading manufacturers such as Lucent Technologies
Inc. of the United States, Northern Telecom Ltd. (Nortel Networks) of
Canada, and NEC Corp., Fujitsu Ltd. and Hitachi Ltd. of Japan are developing
products aimed at telecom carriers.
Ciena emerged as a prominent U.S. maker of WDM equipment in 1997, when
many U.S. telecom carriers selected its products.
However, other major manufacturers are boosting their sales of similar
products. In Japan, where a manufacturer's recent performance counts
for a great deal, Ciena products still dominate the market.
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