Hitachi Enters the North American Carrier Market, Appoints Senior Executive

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Hitachi Cable America (HCA) has announced the formation of its North American Carrier IP Networking Division headquartered in San Jose, California with veteran telecom senior executive Ali Taslimi as Senior VP.

We are very excited about entering the North American carrier market and are pleased to have someone of Ali’s distinct background and caliber to lead our Carrier IP Networking Division.

Hitachi Cable America Inc. (HCA) today announced the formation of the North American Carrier IP Networking Division, headquartered in San Jose, California. Concurrently, the company announced the appointment of the telecom veteran and senior executive, Ali Taslimi, as Senior VP and leader of the newly formed division. Lynne Humenik, President and CEO of HCA said, “We are very excited about entering the North American carrier market and are pleased to have someone of Ali’s distinct background and caliber to lead our Carrier IP Networking Division.”

Hitachi intends to become a leading supplier of Carrier IP Networking products in North America by introducing its flagship APRESIA® product line to this market. Major tier-1 carriers in Japan have been successfully deploying APRESIA for the past two decades to support their growing Ethernet business and mobile backhaul services. “Although the North American carrier market is competitive, we believe that our distinct product features, augmented by high quality, simplicity, scalability, reliability and the world class customer service that is expected of Hitachi, will prove to bring significant value to our customers” Taslimi said. He added, “Hitachi is entering the North American carrier market for the long haul and we are scaling the division to support our ambitions.” The product portfolio includes Layer 2, Layer 3, 1/10/100G fixed and modular Ethernet switches and DWDM Systems. Hitachi is already in discussion with a number of carriers in North America in preparation for lab trails of APRESIA. The product line will be available in the North American market in Q2 of 2016.

The North America Carrier IP Networking Division, with its main office in San Jose, California (Silicon Valley), is responsible for sales, marketing, systems engineering and support of Hitachi’s APRESIA Carrier IP Networking products in North America. The APRESIA portfolio includes Layer 2, Layer 3, 1/10/100G fixed and modular Ethernet switches and DWDM Systems.

About Hitachi Cable America Inc.
Hitachi Cable America Inc. (HCA) is an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Metals, Ltd., a global manufacturer of high-grade metal products with customers in the computer, automotive and aerospace industries. Hitachi’s headquarters is in Purchase, New York, USA.

HCA consists of three divisions: The Performance Cable Systems & Materials Division, the Automotive Products Division and the North America Carrier IP Networking Division. The Performance Cable Systems and Materials Division designs and manufactures copper and fiber optic communication cables and assemblies for a multitude of industries. Products support applications such as Ethernet, Industrial Ethernet, video, Power over Ethernet, HDMI, Infiniband and more. Manufacturing is done at the Manchester, New Hampshire, USA facility. For the US market, the company also imports and sells Hitachi products including optical components, wires and cables, medical cables and high-speed transceivers.

The Automotive Products Division designs and manufactures high-performance materials and components used by the automotive industry. Products include power cable harnesses for electric/hybrid vehicles, brake hose products and electric sensor harnesses. The Automotive Products Division operates manufacturing facilities in Indiana, Florida and Mexico.

The North America Carrier IP Networking Division, with its main office in San Jose, California (Silicon Valley), is responsible for sales, marketing, systems engineering and support of Hitachi’s APRESIA Carrier IP Networking products in North America. The APRESIA portfolio includes Layer 2, Layer 3, 1/10/100G fixed and modular Ethernet switches and DWDM Systems.

About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi, Ltd., headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society’s challenges with our talented team and proven experience in global markets. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2014 (ended March 31, 2015) totaled 9,761 billion yen ($81.3 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes power & infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, construction machinery, high functional materials & components, automotive systems, healthcare and others. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at http://www.hitachi.com.

Hitachi Cable America Inc. website:
http://www.hca.hitachi-cable.com.

APRESIA® is a registered trademark of Hitachi Metals, Ltd in Japan, China and U.S.A.

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