ADC’s Expanded Portfolio of Fiber Solutions Accepted By USDA Rural Development Telecommunications Program

Wednesday, Nov 04, 2009
ADC (NASDAQ: ADCT) (, a leading supplier of infrastructure solutions for fiber deployments, announced today its OmniReach® Hub-in-a-Pedestal (HIP) fiber distribution hub, OmniReach Passive Optical Splitter Modules, Fiber Cable Assemblies and Value-added Module VAM system have been accepted by the USDA Rural Development Telecommunications program, allowing ADC`s products to be used in the expansion of broadband services to underserved and rural communities.
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SEACOM Connectivity Extends Across East Africa

SEACOM, Uganda Telecom Ltd (UTL) and Rwandatel S.A. (RTL) today announced a major partnership that further extends the reach of international broadband capacity across eastern Africa. Through concurrent deals, UTL and RTL, both subsidiaries of the Libyan Africa Portfolio LAP Green Networks, have purchased a significant amount of international broadband capacity from SEACOM whilst SEACOM has in turn secured a backhaul solution for Rwanda on the two regional players’ terrestrial networks between Kampala, Uganda and Kigali, Rwanda. Under the terms of the partnership agreement, both entities will have immediate access to the SEACOM network.
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Fibre Optic Cable will create overcapacity in East African bandwidth

Today in our manufacturing news we feature a press release from Africa and how the introduction of a new marine based Fibre Optic Cable will not only provide bandwidth capaciity but it may result in over capacity.  For full press details please read on: Fibre Optic Cable will create overcapacity in East African bandwidth


There is growing concern among western telecommunication experts that the planned marine-based fibre-optic cable link could come at a high price to the service provider. Despite the latest news carried in the Daily Nation’s sister paper, The East African this week – that the Government had turned down a proposal by the US company Seacom for a joint venture in the regional project – there remains four groups bidding to participate. (see report yesterday). East Africa is the only region in the world not yet connected to the global broadband network, and hence Internet connection in the region is notoriously poor. But the respected Financial Times newspaper, in a special report on the issue, said that in the medium to long term, the establishment of a fiber optic cable could bring problems for an eventual provider. “Some prospective investors worry that East Africa could swing from being starved of bandwidth to having a glut,” the FT report says. “Seacom alone is expected to add 640 gigabites of bandwidth, yet Kenya today uses a mere 1.2 gigabites. “Sceptics say the African projects risk repeating errors made during the Internet bubble (in the UK), when over capacity and intense price competition forced several groups with rival transatlantic cables into bankruptcy.” Seacom has said its cable will be operational by 2009 while the Kenyan government says that its shorter cable will be completed by the middle of next year. The East African report says that the U.S. company is ahead of all the others, having signed an engineering procurement contract. If they are the first providers of broadband to Kenya they are likely to have a distinct advantage, making it difficult for other companies to compete.

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Gates no longer world´s richest man; Mexican upstart steals crown

A key press release in our communications news is in regards to who is the richest man in the world and for the first time since 1995 its not Bill Gates.  It has been reported that Eduardo García the Mexican Telecoms Tycoon is now worth a reported $68 Billion, $8 billion more than Bill.  For full press details please read on:

Gates no longer world´s richest man; Mexican upstart steals crown


Microsoft chairman Bill Gates has lost his position as the world’s richest man for the first time since 1995. Gates, who is worth around US$60bn, has been overtaken by Mexican telecoms tycoon Carlos Slim. The Mexican saw his wealth rocket to an estimated $68bn after shares in his firm Telmex jumped 27 percent over the past 12 months.


Eduardo García, founder and editor-in-chief of online financial publication Sentido Común, made the claim after following stock market movements.


“When I put Slim ahead three months ago Forbes bumped him up to second place [in the world rankings] a few days later,” García told Reuters. “Let’s see if the same happens again.”


If García is correct Slim’s wealth is now equivalent to eight per cent of Mexico’s GDP. Over half the population of Mexico survives on less than US$5 a day.


Slim is the 67 year-old son of Lebanese immigrants who made his money buying and revamping struggling companies. But it was his move into telecoms that propelled him to the ranks of the super-rich.


Gates and Warren Buffett, the world’s third richest man, have both pledged to give away the vast bulk of their fortunes on their deaths, but Slim has no such plans.


“Gates has to study how he can [fight poverty] in the same way that Microsoft succeeded in business, because charity has not solved the problem,” Slim told USA Today.


“It is based on my conviction that poverty is not fought with donations, charity or even public spending, but with health, education and jobs. Wealth is like an orchard: you have to share the fruit, not the trees.”

Alcatel-Lucent News – Alcatel-Lucent announces agreement to acquire NetDevices

Today in manufacturing news we feature a press release about further expansion in the US from Alcatel-Lucent.  This time they are acquiring Californian networking and IT company NetDevices.  For the full story please read on: 

Alcatel-Lucent announces agreement to acquire NetDevices

Alcatel-Lucent today announced a definitive agreement to acquire privately held NetDevices, a developer of services gateway products for enterprise branch networks, based in Sunnyvale, California. NetDevices delivers a market recognized, innovative and flexible enterprise networking platform known as a Unified Service Gateway which is designed to reduce the cost and complexity of managing branch office networks. NetDevices was founded in 2003 and has 45 employees located in Sunnyvale and Bangalore, India.


“Today’s enterprises are looking for ways to transform their businesses through the deployment of networks and services that enable their employees to work more efficiently, and their customers to receive a higher level of satisfaction,” said Hubert de Pesquidoux, President of Alcatel-Lucent’s enterprise

activities. “Enterprises are quickly evolving to a converged communications infrastructure of data, voice, and security services running with high reliability and serviceability. Traditional architectures lack the flexibility and programmability to deploy these new converged infrastructures in a cost-effective way. A fresh approach based on the innovative enterprise platform from NetDevices combined with our core strengths of voice and switching helps to deliver best in class enterprise networks.”


“NetDevices’ services gateways bring all required services for a branch office in a unified package, dramatically reducing the network complexity for enterprise customers and small medium business. I am very excited that by joining forces with Alcatel-Lucent, we can enhance the benefits of NetDevices’ solutions to our customers and create new opportunities for our partners,” said Seenu Banda, founder and CEO of NetDevices. “Alcatel-Lucent provides an ideal partnership with its global sales, service, and the development capabilities. With this agreement, NetDevices joins Alcatel-Lucent to complement its end to end solutions, and to pursue our goal of delivering innovative products to a large set of customers worldwide.”


Upon close of the transaction, the NetDevices team and products will be integrated into Alcatel-Lucent’s Enterprise Business Group, reporting into Tom Burns, president of Alcatel-Lucent’s Enterprise Solutions activities.


The acquisition is subject to various standard closing conditions, including applicable regulatory approvals, and is expected to close in the second quarter of Alcatel-Lucent’s fiscal year 2007. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Mayflex News – Come and See Mayflex at IFSEC 2007

In manufacturing news we feature a press release from Mayflex attending this years IPSEC 2007 from 21st to 24th of May.  Matflex are a leading Network Solutions Company initially based in the UK but have recently expanded to the Middle East and set up an office in Dubai.    I have included more company information on Mayflex at the bottom of the article, please read on for full article: 

Come and See Mayflex at IFSEC 2007

Mayflex would like to invite you to attend our stand, 22203 in Hall 18 at the IFSEC show at the NEC in Birmingham, 21st-24th May.

This will give you an opportunity to see our new product offering from best in class manufacturers including AMG, Bosch, Cooper Security, GE Security, Mobotix, Panasonic and Raytec.

We will also be showcasing the Excel Guardian range of entry level cameras, codecs and transmission equipment.

If you are unable to get to the show please visit the Mayflex website and tell us which products are of interest to you so that we can get the relevant information to you as soon as possible.

Alternatively if you would like one of our sales people to contact you directly please do not hesitate to contact us on 0800 75 75 65.

To register to attend the show click here.

I look forward to meeting you at the show.

Kind Regards

Kenny Presly
Business Development Director

More about Mayflex

We bring together quality people and cutting edge technology to create the competitive edge demanded by today’s economic climate.

Mayflex was founded in 1917 and since then the business has evolved into one of the leading players in the market today. Our twin priorities – customer service and product choice – have been key to this growth.

One of our key success factors is the breadth and range of products and services that we provide. We are constantly travelling the globe looking for new and interesting products that will help add more margin to your sales and differentiate your business from your main competitors.We have strategic partnerships with many leading players including: Fluke NetworksBrand-Rex, Cooper B-Line, CPI, Mobotix, MinicomExtremeNetBotz, Sharpmark, Belden IBDN, Rose, CableNet Training, OWL  and LevelOne as well as products from our own brand of structured cabling – the Excel range.

In January 2007 we opened an office in Dubai to be able to serve the Middle East region. With a team of highly experienced sales and technical staff and stocks held locally we are also able to provide  excellent service and support for the Middle East.

We have also opened an office near Reading in the M4 corridor to offer additional support for our Networking products.

Our products are sold through a network of accredited resellers and installers throughout the world. If you are an end user please call us to find out who your nearest installer is or if you are a reseller/installer call us to find out how to open an account with Mayflex.

Mayflex’s head office is based in the UK in Birmingham in an 85,000 sq. ft purpose built distribution, training and sales centre.                     

The head office also boasts a high-tech demonstration area that includes working examples of the majority of product ranges available from Mayflex. This facility is perfect for product demonstrations and customer presentations.

Mayflex is totally focused on providing the industry’s highest levels of customer service and just as importantly, is dedicated to continuously improving this area.


The Mayflex sales team will process your orders quickly and efficiently and will arrange delivery to you next day completely FREE of charge.

You can contact our sales office in the UK between 8.00 a.m. to
6.00 p.m. Monday to Friday.

FREEPHONE: 0800 75 75 65
FREEFAX: 0800 389 2270

Mayflex Middle East
Telephone: +9714 3658401