April’s Manufacturer of the Month: Fujitsu



Each month, Launch 3 Telecom will spotlight one of our many manufacturers.

April’s manufacturer is: Fujitsu


Fujitsu is a globally successful equipment and services company headquartered in Japan. Its success has withstood the test of time as it is the 2nd oldest IT company and currently the 3rd largest IT service provider based on revenue. Although computers are at the top of the list when it comes to contributions by this company, they have contributed to many innovative aspects of communication during their years of existence.

The company was established in 1935 under the original name of Fuji Tsushinki Seizo as a spinoff of Fuji Electronic Company. The name would not be changed to Fujitsu until 1967. During their early years, they made important impacts on the technology industry. An example was manufacturing the FACOM 100 in 1954, Japan’s first computer.

By 1971, Fujitsu was making agreements to expand their brand in other countries as well as expanding their industry areas. An OEM agreement was made with Consolidated Computers Limited (CCL) from Canadian to distribute their data entry product, Key-Edit. This venture expanded their presence into Canada, US, and UK. In 1986, they saw another foreign endeavor in Ireland where Fujitsu and The Queen’s University of Belfast business incubation unit (QUBIS Ltd) made an agreement called Kainos. This created software and IT services solutions focused on businesses and organizations in the public, healthcare and financial services sectors.

The 1990s saw continued growth for Fujitsu as they unveiled a line of new products. The start of the decade saw the introduction of the PROPOSE, an integrated services framework for information and communication systems and the VPP 500, the world’s fastest vector parallel supercomputer. In addition, the world’s first 21-inch full-color plasma display was released. During this time, Fujitsu was also made a provider of broadband-ISDN switching systems like the FETEX-150, the world’s first commercial Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM ) switching system. Flash memory and PC variants were another area that Fujitsu eventually got involved in.

The turn of the century saw a major merger of European Computer operations between Fujitsu and Siemens. The merger created the fifth-largest computer manufacturing company in the world. Fujitsu also continued to bring out innovative products with the Flashwave 4500. It hit the market as the world’s highest capacity optical Wavelength Division Multiplexing  (WDM) transmission system.

The new era of broadband saw more products like the IMT-2000 switching system and the world’s first mobile computer offering built-in 64Kbps wireless data transmission, the FMV-BIBLO LOOX. Other major partnerships took place with Sun Microsystems, Cisco, Microsoft, Linux Solutions and Intel Corporation. In 2009, Fujitsu would buy-out the rest of Siemens from Fujitsu Siemens Computers. Recently, the company took a bit of a financial hit that required the elimination of 5,000 jobs around the world. However, they are still one of the stronger companies in computing products, cloud products, and microprocessors.

“The Possibilities are infinite” is an appropriate slogan used by Fujitsu as they continue to be a strong force in the telecom industry. For more information about Fujitsu, the Flashwave 4500, or the Flashwave 7500, contact Launch 3 Telecom at 877-878-9134 or email sales@launch3.net.