ADVA Optical Networking Opens Office In South Africa

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New office focused on delivering an innovative Optical+Ethernet portfolio to communications providers responding to rapid growth in local telecommunications sector

South Africa's communications market is the most advanced in Africa and among the top growth markets in the world

ADVA Optical Networking today announced the opening of an office in Centurion/Pretoria, South Africa, to service the growing demand for optical fiber and Ethernet networking solutions across the region.

As in the majority of emerging markets, the portability and convenience of wireless networks and handsets has bypassed landline infrastructure. According to International Telecommunication Union (ITU) statistics released in 2006, South Africa's telecommunications environment is varied, with a mobile teledensity of 83 percent, compared with a landline penetration of only 10 percent.

In addition to this move to mobility, a robust backbone network built on optical fiber and intelligent Ethernet access solutions is necessary to support the growing number of advanced services and applications being offered by the country's communications service providers.

"South Africa's communications market is the most advanced in Africa and among the top growth markets in the world," explained Marcello Forti, vice president for strategic accounts at ADVA Optical Networking. "We are assisting South Africa's communications providers to build next-generation networks to meet the growing enterprise and residential demand for an optical-fiber and Ethernet backbone, enabling traffic to travel securely and reliably across the networks, at incredibly fast speeds."

Following international trends, enterprises in South Africa continue to require and build connectivity into global communications networks, enabling trade and communication on a global level. Economic growth and preparation for the FIFA World Cup soccer tournament in 2010 are key factors driving the demand for scalable, flexible and secure infrastructure to efficiently transport a full range of fixed and mobile voice, data and other media services. ADVA Optical Networking specializes in the development of these critical next-generation network technologies. The launch of the South African office will see the company delivering packet optical solutions that will provide a solid foundation for local networks.

ADVA Optical Networking's South African office is one of more than 20 global offices that together employ more than 1,000 professionals. The new office is located at West Cambridge, 5 Bauhinia Street, Highveld Techno Park, Centurion 0167. The telephone number is: +27 12 665 3902.

For more information on the ADVA FSP solutions portfolio, please visit: http://www.advaoptical.com/default.aspx?id=99.

ABOUT ADVA OPTICAL NETWORKING
ADVA Optical Networking (FSE: ADV) is at the forefront of providing Optical+Ethernet solutions that advance next-generation networks for data, storage, voice and video services. Our company's strength comes from passionate and dedicated employees, all sharing a common vision: a fast, customized response to customers' ever-changing needs. Our innovative FSP products and strong customer focus provide carriers and enterprises the ability to scale their networks and deliver intelligent, competitive new services. ADVA Optical Networking's solutions have been deployed at more than 200 carriers and 10,000 enterprises around the world. For further information about ADVA Optical Networking: http://www.advaoptical.com.

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Wolfgang Guessgen
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