Fujitsu’s Utility Practice Leader Named to UTC Smart Networks Council Board
John Chowdhury to Aid the Council in Guiding the Modernization of Utilities
RICHARDSON, Texas -- November 30, 2012
Fujitsu, a leading provider of business, information technology, and
communications solutions, today announced the election of John S. Chowdhury,
utility 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 industries
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
“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
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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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:
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Lori Butler, 972-479-2342
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