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FutureFLEX Air-blown Fiber Recognized for Outstanding Innovation

Sumitomo Electric Lightwave announced today that Technology Marketing Corporation’s (TMC®) INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine has named Sumitomo’s FutureFLEX® Air-blown Fiber® as a recipient of its 2007 Product of the Year Award. INTERNET TELEPHONY has been the VoIP Authority Since 1998™.

FutureFLEX Air-blown Fiber is an advanced fiber optic infrastructure solution for the immediate control of bandwidth, network capacity, and costs incurred by enterprises and IT departments. By blowing in or blowing out any type of fiber bundle (multimode, single-mode, laser optimized 10 Gig) throughout the network at speeds of up to 150 feet per minute, the network can be quickly and easily upgraded, expanded, or reconfigured in a matter of minutes or hours versus the days, weeks or months associated with a conventional fiber optic infrastructure.

Having been adopted by leaders in numerous vertical industries, including the Pentagon, Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins University, ESPN, CNN, ConocoPhillips, Vancouver International Airport, MGM Grand, DFW International Airport, Arizona Cardinals (University of Phoenix) Stadium and others, the FutureFLEX system provides IT management with a network that is bandwidth-ready, technology-ready, and has an immediately renewable life cycle at a fraction of the cost of a traditional fiber optic infrastructure or backbone.

“Sumitomo Electric Lightwave” has proven they are committed to quality and excellence while addressing real needs in the marketplace. INTERNET TELEPHONY is pleased to grant a 2007 Product of the Year Award to Sumitomo’s FutureFLEX Air-blown Fiber Infrastructure solution,” said Rich Tehrani, TMC President and Editor-in-Chief of INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine. We’re proud to honor their hard work and accomplishments and look forward to more innovative solutions from Sumitomo in the future.”

“We are very pleased that a prominent IT publication has recognized the benefits of the FutureFLEX Air-blown Fiber technology,” comments Kurt Templeman, enterprise network manager for Sumitomo. “With the onslaught of high-bandwidth services and technologies demanded by customers, enterprises are quickly realizing the necessity of having a flexible, cost effective, and immediately responsive fiber optic infrastructure that is ready-for-anything.”

The FutureFLEX system provides the enterprise network with a multitude of advantages. FutureFLEX Air-blown Fiber eliminates the need and cost of dark fiber, having to forecast network growth and new technology requirements, and requiring long-term budgetary planning by providing fiber and bandwidth on demand on an as needed basis. Once the fiber-path tube structure is in place, there is no construction work for expansions, upgrades, and reconfigurations, thereby eliminating disruption to the facility or daily operations.

Moreover, fiber bundles that are blown out can be reused in other parts of the network, preserving the initial fiber investment. FutureFLEX also enables easy separation and deployment of secure or multiple classification networks. Network adds, moves, and changes are typically one-tenth the cost of traditional network configuration projects, ensuring continuous return on investment (ROI).

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