Hitachi Telecom and Salira Systems form new company

MARCH 23, 2009 -- Hitachi Communication Technologies America Inc. has been established to support Hitachi's communications service provider business in the Americas.

MARCH 23, 2009 � Hitachi Telecom (USA) Inc. (search Lightwave for Hitachi) and Salira Systems Inc. (search Lightwave for Salira) have announced that the companies will combine to form Hitachi Communication Technologies America Inc. effective April 1, 2009.

Hitachi says the new company unifies its advanced technologies for communications service providers and will strengthen the company's presence in the Americas. Current and next-generation offerings include multiple FTTP architectures, optical transport products, home networking initiatives, and wireless infrastructure products. The company's headquarters will be in Norcross, GA.

The operations of Salira Systems, a Hitachi-owned supplier of Ethernet-based PON systems, will be merged into the new company, and will continue to be based in its current Silicon Valley offices.

The Hitachi optical access portfolio will now include EPON, Hitachi's established GPON product line, and the company's RF-over-glass (RFoG) micronode technology. With this product lineup, Hitachi says, it can now offer appropriate technologies for any access network operator, including telecom service providers, cable TV multiple system operators (MSOs), municipalities, and master-planned communities.

"The formation of Hitachi Communication Technologies America provides synergy to build on our experience and strengths, which include the second largest operating 10-gigabit optical backbone network in North America, and the broadest selection of fiber-to-the-premises solutions of any single vendor in the Americas," says David Foote, Hitachi Telecom (USA) Inc. CTO. "We are currently developing next-generation products in these and other technology areas."

"We are pleased to merge our EPON platform, including the DePON and MW-PON product families, into the access solutions portfolio with Hitachi's GPON and RFoG products," says Jeff Stribling, Salira's vice president, marketing and customer service. "The ability to offer multiple solutions to network operators allows Hitachi to precisely match their needs, giving us a strong competitive advantage."

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