a leading provider of business, information technology, and
communications solutions, today announced the election of John S.
practice director, Fujitsu
Network Communications, to the Board of
Directors for the Smart
Networks Council (SNC), part of the Utilities
Telecom Council (UTC) global trade association.
UTC is the source and resource for information and communications
technology (ICT) solutions, collaboration and advocacy for utilities and
other critical infrastructure industries. Its members represent
electric, gas and water utilities, as well as pipeline and utility
transport organizations. The SNC, founded in 2008, is an independent
operating unit connecting utilities and solution providers dedicated to
establishing a vision and plan for the modern networked grid. The SNC's
activities are directed by an industry-elected Board of Directors that
includes recognized leaders from the utility sector.
"John's experiences and achievements in the utility and telecom
indstries have clearly established him as an expert and a pioneer in
the modernization of utilities communications networks," said Connie
Durcsak, CEO and president of the UTC. "John has dedicated his
professional life to helping utilities be prepared for the adoption and
integration of Smart Grid-driven initiatives. We are thrilled to have
him serve on the Smart Networks Council Board of Directors where his
know-how will help guide the important work of our council members."
"I'm delighted to be elected to the UTC SNC board by my peers in the
utility industry and I look forward to collaborating toward the
evolution of utility communications networks," said John Chowdhury,
director of the utility practice at Fujitsu Network Communications. "As
a group, we will ensure the full complement of grid applications,
including substation automation, distribution automation, CVR/VVAR and
AMI backhaul, are supported with the requisite security, data transport
speed, low-latency and priority-of-service."
During his 25-year career, Chowdhury has provided strategic business and
technology guidance to energy entities in the areas of: Smart
Grid/AMI/distribution automation, business case development, customer
relationship management, billing and telecommunications/wireless
networks. His work with utilities and governments included architecting
the first Smart Grid solution in the United States. As utility practice
director at Fujitsu, John develops unique network integration solutions,
modernization programs and network operations offerings tailored to
support utilities as they adapt their communications networks to meet
new demands for scalability, reliability, standards, and security.
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Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology
(ICT) company offering a full range of technology products, solutions
and services. Over 170,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than
100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the
future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702)
reported consolidated revenues of 4.5 trillion yen (US$54 billion) for
the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012. For more information, please see http://www.fujitsu.com.
About Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc.
Fujitsu Network Communications Inc., headquartered in Richardson, Texas,
is an innovator in Connection-Oriented Ethernet and optical transport
technologies. A market leader in packet optical networking solutions,
WDM and SONET, Fujitsu offers a broad portfolio of multi-vendor network
services as well as end-to-end solutions for design, implementation,
migration, support and management of optical networks. For seven
consecutive years Fujitsu has been named the U.S. photonics patent
leader, and is the only major optical networking vendor to manufacture
its own equipment in North America. Fujitsu has over 500,000 network
elements deployed by major North American carriers across the US,
Canada, Europe, and Asia. For more information, please see: http://us.fujitsu.com/telecom.
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