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9/28/2009

Hitachi Node+Zero™ Single-Fiber RFoG Module Accepted by USDA Rural Utilities Service

- Hitachi single-fiber RFoG solution joins Hitachi AMN1220 GPON solution on the RUS List of Materials -

ATLANTA, GA, September 28, 2009 - Hitachi Communication Technologies America, Inc. (Hitachi-CTA) today announced that Hitachi's Node+ZeroTM RFoG module has been accepted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service (RUS) for use on projects funded by the Rural Telecom Infrastructure and by the Broadband Loan and Loan Guarantee Programs. The Node+Zero joins Hitachi's AMN 1200 BPON and AMN1220 GPON systems on the RUS List of Materials Acceptable for Use on RUS Financed Projects in category "ae," "Access Equipment." RUS listing also means that the Node+Zero module can be deployed under the ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act). Within the ARRA, RUS is managing the Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP), with a total of $2.5 billion to be awarded to build broadband infrastructure in un-served and under-served rural areas.

USDA RUS listing allows broadband service providers serving communities of up to 20,000 population to install Hitachi's Node+Zero RFoG solution using funding obtained under the RUS programs. As defined by the USDA, the RUS Rural Broadband Loan and Loan Guarantee Programs are designed to ensure that rural consumers enjoy the same quality and range of telecommunications services as are available in urban and suburban communities.

"Hitachi is demonstrating its commitment and leadership in providing broadband access solutions for a wide range of communication service providers with RUS acceptance of the Node+Zero RFoG product," said consultant and analyst Kermit Ross, Principal of Millennium Marketing. "Many telcos also operate RF video networks. The Node+Zero enables them to quickly migrate these networks to all-fiber architectures, without tearing apart their video operations. Once they've done that, they're ready for whatever demands the future holds."

"The Node+Zero RFoG combined with our AMN1220 GPON product on the RUS List of Materials adds flexibility and power to Hitachi's optical access solutions offering," said Rick Schiavinato, vice president, sales and marketing, Hitachi Communication Technologies America, Inc. "The combination allows network operators to tailor their networks to actual bandwidth demand and revenue potential."

About Hitachi

Hitachi Communication Technologies America, Inc., a subsidiary of Hitachi Communication Technologies, Ltd., develops, manufactures and markets equipment for communications service providers the Americas. The company offers standards-compliant fiber-to-the-premises solutions, including EPON, GPON and RFoG systems, ultra high-speed optical networking equipment for long haul and metro applications, and products for wireless infrastructure applications.  For more information about Hitachi Communication Technologies America, please visit http://www.hitachi-cta.com.

Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE: HIT / TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 400,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2008 (ended March 31, 2009) consolidated revenues totaled 10,000 billion yen ($102.0 billion). The company offers a wide range of systems, products and services in market sectors including information systems, electronic devices, power and industrial systems, consumer products, materials, logistics and financial services. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at http://www.hitachi.com.

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Lakshminararyan Ravi
Hitachi Communication Technologies America, Inc.
469-461-3702 (office)
214-505-0073 (mobile)
lravi@hitachi-cta.com

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