Fujitsu Initiates FENICS Global VPN Service

Fujitsu Initiates FENICS Global VPN Service

Tokyo, Japan, June 7, 2007 – (JCN Newswire) – Fujitsu Limited today announced that, through alliances with telecommunications carriers in Japan and overseas, it is now offering FENICS global VPN services, enabling network connection with 167 countries and regions around the world.

Building on its successful experience with FENICS[1], whose users have included about 50,000 companies in Japan, Fujitsu is joining with international network service providers BT[2], Verizon Business[3] and Virtela Communications, Inc.[4] as well as Japanese telecommunications companies, NTT Communications Corporation[5], KDDI Corporation[6] and SOFTBANK TELECOM Corp.[7] to fill the longstanding demand for connection services with overseas locations.

Under the new service, Fujitsu will assume full responsibility for the many troublesome details that customers have had to deal with up to now on their own, including contracts with domestic and foreign telecommunications carriers, and provision of equipment. Additional service offerings will include Internet VPN[8] connections, which utilize high-speed DSL[9] circuits and the Internet to greatly reduce network construction costs, and high-reliability IP-VPN[10] connections, which utilize IP networks to build private networks.

FENICS II, which Fujitsu announced in May of this year, is the network services offering at the core of the company’s “Network as a Service” approach to delivering innovation to the front lines of customer’s businesses by leveraging the power of network-enabled IT utilization. FENICS II offers all aspects of service from IT infrastructure and network service to overall network-enabled IT utilization on a one-stop basis. FENICS Global VPN service, the first service offering to take full advantage of the strengths of FENICS II, can help customers expand business by enabling them to easily create VPN[11] connections with overseas locations.

In recent years, Japanese companies in industries such as manufacturing, retailing and restaurant chains have been expanding overseas, and they need to link their overseas locations with Japan and operate in a global manner in order to speed up their business processes and effectively share information.

Leveraging its experience in assisting customers in many industries and many types of business to deploy network-enabled IT systems, Fujitsu is now introducing comprehensive VPN connection services with overseas locations in support of its customers’ global operations.

With FENICS Global VPN Service, customers who select Internet VPN connection can obtain comprehensive service, including setting of contracts with overseas Internet service providers and provision of equipment such as routers. The burden of deployment and operation is minimized and network usage costs are greatly reduced, enabling the customer to achieve worry-free, secure VPN connection with overseas locations. Moreover, IP-VPN connection provides highly reliable service for creating private networks on a global basis.

The service is also highly adaptable to the customer’s mode of use. For example, when away from the office or at a hotel, VPN connection service is available over telephone lines, as are web conferencing services with overseas offices.

The new service is fully compatible with network services offered up to now in Japan by Fujitsu.

Fujitsu’s telecom partners in FENICS II have expressed their strong support for the initiative.

“Fujitsu and BT have had strong business ties for many years, and Fujitsu is a preferred supplier of BT’s next generation network transformation programme the 21st Century Network (21CN).” said Ian Pulford, President and Representative Director, BT Japan Corporation. “We are absolutely delighted to have now been selected by Fujitsu to support its FENICS services around the world”

John Killian, President of Verizon Business, said, “We are pleased to be supporting Fujitsu as it launches this new VPN service and hope that Fujitsu’s customers are able to realise the benefit of our global network as part of this offer. We look forward to continuing to build our relationship with Fujitsu and working together to support the business objectives of our mutual customers.”

John Powell, Co-President & Vice President, Global Channels at Virtela Communications, Inc., said, “Virtela is very honored to have been selected by Fujitsu as one of its partners for its FENICS global VPN service. For the past 20 years, Fujitsu has been providing cost competitive, fully-managed, end-to-end network services here in Japan. We look forward to helping Fujitsu deliver these same quality solutions on a global basis.”

Osamu Inoue, Executive Vice President of NTT Communications Corporation, said, “Working together with leading Japanese system integrator Fujitsu, NTT Communications Corporation will continue to support global enterprises utilizing its expertise in implementing world-wide ICT solutions.”

Takashi Tanaka, Vice President and General Manager of the Solution Business Sector at KDDI Corporation, said, “KDDI provides, with its strong partnership with Fujitsu Limited, a reliable and multi functioned network to our valuable customers whose requirements become more diverse in their growing global markets.”

Masaki Imazawa, head of the Global Business Unit at SOFTBANK TELECOM Corp. said, “With even stronger cooperation with Fujitsu FENICS global VPN services, Softbank Telecom provides the best suited global ICT solutions to customers who are expanding their business worldwide.”

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[1] FENICS: Trademark name for Fujitsu’s network services. Since Fujitsu began offering the service in 1985 as a VAN (Value Added Network) provider, more than 50,000 companies have used FENICS services. By integrating line access services to multiple telecommunications carriers and providing fully-integrated, end-to-end services, including help desk services, FENICS has garnered the top spot in customer satisfaction in Japan’s network services field, including in recent customer surveys (“Eleventh Customer Satisfaction Survey,” Nikkei Computer, August 7, 2006).

[2] BT: Head Office: London, UK; Chief Executive BT Group: Mr. Ben Verwaayen

[3] Verizon Business: Head Office: NJ, USA; President: John Killian

[4] Virtela Communications, Inc.: Head Office: CO, USA; Co-President & Vice President, Sales and Marketing: Bill Dodds, Co-President & Vice President, Global Channels: John Powell, Co-President & Vice President, Engineering and Operations: Ted Studwell

[5] NTT Communications Corporation: Head Office: Tokyo, Japan; President & CEO: Hiromi Wasai

[6] KDDI Corporation: Head Office: Tokyo, Japan; President & Chairman: Tadashi Onodera

[7] SOFTBANK TELECOM Corp.: Head Office: Tokyo, Japan; Representative Director President & CEO: Masayoshi Son

[8] Internet VPN: A Virtual Private Network over the Internet in which confidentiality is enhanced through encryption.

[9] DSL: Digital Subscriber Line: A telephone line that is always connected to enable high-speed transmission of digital data.

[10] IP-VPN: Internet Protocol-Virtual Private Network: A Virtual Private Network runs over a regional Internet Protocol network of a telecommunications carrier.

[11] VPN: Virtual Private Network: A network configuration in which, in a line network subscribed to by many people, a defined section is virtually closed to limit usage to only people who require access.

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Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702; ADR: FJTSY) is a leading provider of customer-focused IT and communications solutions for the global marketplace. Pace-setting device technologies, highly reliable computing and communications products, and a worldwide corps of systems and services experts uniquely position Fujitsu to deliver comprehensive solutions that open up infinite possibilities for its customers’ success. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu reported consolidated revenues of about 4.8 trillion yen (US$40.6 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2006. For more information, please visit

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