The firm, which is headquartered in Richardson, TX, reveals thatit has signed a lease with Glorious Sun Robert Martin, LLC to add53,000 sf of office space on the third floor of Two Blue Hill Plazain Pearl River.

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Fujitsu currently has 200 engineers, technicians, and supportstaff that work at its $122 million fiber-optic research anddevelopment center. The facility has approximately 62,000 sf oflaboratory and office space, comprising the entire sixth floor ofTwo Blue Hill Plaza. Fujitsu will begin construction in June 2001,and expects to have its engineers working at the new office spaceby fall 2001.

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Fujitsu Network Communications officials note that the companyis experiencing huge revenue growth for its digital fiber-opticssystems that are used in high-speed public networks. The company'srevenue has doubled, to more than $2 billion, in the last twoyears, as the growth of the Internet, data, and video services hasdriven public network providers to build additional capacity intotheir networks to keep up with demand.

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Among the development projects at Fujitsu's Pearl River centeris an advanced multiplex that can integrate multiple services,thousands of simultaneous calls, and multiple gigabits per secondof data traffic over a single pair of hair-thin strands offiber-optic cable. Another project at the Pearl River center isfiber-optic based Passive Optical Networks for small businessesthat will deliver broadband capabilities far exceeding thebandwidth of Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) technology over coppertelephone lines. Fujitsu engineers are developing voiceinteroperability between public switched networks and new packetand cell-based networks so that users of new technology haveseamless access to the entire network. They are also creatingapplication specific integrated circuits for fiber-opticnetworks.

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As it continues to grow, Fujitsu has the option to createoffices for 20 engineers using approximately 4,000 square feet onthe third floor of Two Blue Hill Plaza that will be available priorto June 2001. The Mack-Cali Realty Corporation manages the BlueHill Plaza office complex.

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John Jordan

John Jordan is a veteran journalist with 36 years of print and digital media experience.