Minneapolis-based ADC Telecommunications Inc. and Nokia Telecommunications, the infrastructure arm of Finland-based Nokia Corp., have agreed to jointly develop products for the global cable-TV and telecommunications markets. This agreement was signed in Geneva on October 5 during the Telecom `95 trade show. The agreement covers ADC`s Homeworx hybrid fiber/coaxial-cable broadband-access platform and Nokia`s ACM2 access products. The cooperative effort includes the joint development of interfaces for European Telecommunication Standards Institute standard countries and reciprocal marketing arrangements between Nokia and ADC. The companies also plan to jointly develop next-generation broadband platforms.
In addition, ADC Telecommunications and Hitachi Telecom USA Inc., a subsidiary of Hitachi America Ltd., have formed an alliance for sales, marketing and support of the latter`s telecommunications products in North America, Mexico and the Caribbean. The first phase of this agreement is a sales and marketing arrangement that focuses on Hitachi`s synchronous optical network and asynchronous transfer mode equipment and ADC`s broadband access products--Soneplex and Homeworx. For phase 2, the companies are discussing the possibility of forming a joint venture to address collaboration on new products and integration of product lines.