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08Mar 2016

Comtek enjoyed a proud evening sponsoring the Wales Media Awards 2016, organised by Spencer David on behalf of the Journalists’ Charity in Wales. The event, held in the Mercure Holland House Hotel, Cardiff, is an opportunity to celebrate and promote great journalism produced from Wales. CEO Askar Sheibani was interviewed by host Huw Edwards before presenting several awards. Congratulations to the winners! www.walesmediaawards.co.uk

View the picture gallery from the evening below (photography courtesy of Natasha Hirst www.natashahirst.co.uk):

25Feb 2016

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Ofcom rules that BT can keep Openreach – comment from Askar Sheibani, CEO of Sorrento Networks and the Comtek Group

Ofcom has this morning announced the long-awaited conclusion of its Strategic Review of Digital Communication; in particular its review of BT’s relationship with Openreach, and whether the infrastructure arm should be spun off from the telecoms giant. Ofcom has fallen short of forcing BT and Openreach to separate, but the watchdog has called for better governance within Openreach, and closer collaboration with other telecoms providers to improve service levels.

Askar Sheibani, CEO of Sorrento Networks, part of the Comtek Group, has made the following comments:

“Any business that has waited for Openreach to provision a leased line – which typically takes months – will welcome the news that the company today finds itself under increased scrutiny from Ofcom. With better governance, more transparency, and by giving other service providers improved access to ducts and poles, the UK telecoms market is about to get considerably more competitive, which should provide a real boost to the UK’s digital economy. BT’s commitment to invest an additional £1 billion in Openreach to expand the provision of superfast broadband is particularly encouraging.

“It is very interesting that, if the necessary changes aren’t made to the way Openreach operates, Ofcom could still force a split from BT. This may suggest that Ofcom still isn’t completely confident that the new structure is going to make the desired difference. I tend to agree.

“BT’s continued ownership of Openreach still presents a major conflict of interest that has the potential to hinder market competition. Although today’s ruling is a big step in the right direction, I believe it would be better for telecoms industry, and business in general, if the underlying telecoms infrastructure was owned and managed by a completely independent body, much like the role National Rail takes with Britain’s railways.”

Media Contacts
Claire Ayles
Comtek Team at Finn Partners, incorporating Johnson King PR
Email: comtekteam@finnpartners.com
Phone:020 7017 8421

03Feb 2016

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  • New warehouse and decades of telecoms expertise allows repair specialist to offer decommissioning service which will generate lucrative revenue stream for customers

Comtek, a global aftermarket service provider for the telecoms industry, has today announced its new end-to-end decommissioning service for networking equipment, which will be available to enterprises, internet service providers (ISPs) and operators. Comtek will remanufacture unwanted legacy equipment and sell it back to market utilising its broad global customer base, with an additional 12 month warranty. As part of the programme, Comtek will pass on a percentage of the revenue to the customer decommissioning the equipment.

Comtek has specifically built a state-of-the-art, highly secure 60,000ft warehouse to support this new service, which is in addition to the £30 million it has invested in creating some of the most technically advanced test and repair centres across the world. Comtek boasts some of the largest international carriers and telecommunication companies amongst its customers. Consequently, it not only has the capacity to repair this legacy equipment back to full working order but it has a ready-made customer base looking to purchase and deploy the remanufactured equipment.

Comtek’s experience is unrivalled within the industry due to its commitment to ensuring every remanufactured piece of equipment is fit for purpose, through rigorous infrastructure and stress testing, as well as a stringent quality control process. With multi-vendor telecoms expertise that stretches back decades, Comtek is also able to repair and service equipment that has long been out of production and its customers benefit from one of the industry’s most extensive store of spares.
“Equipment which sits idle on the network represents a lost opportunity for businesses,” said Askar Sheibani, CEO and founder of The Comtek Group. “We’re using our years of experience working with telecoms companies and repairing equipment to connect the dots between those companies which no longer require a piece of hardware on their network and those which need it to keep their network in operation. We’re also sharing the revenue, in order to create a lucrative revenue stream for our customers.”

“This service allows our customers to keep their networks leaner, to source rare and much-needed equipment, as well as to generate a revenue stream from equipment which is otherwise destined for scrap. The icing on the cake is that this not only makes sound business sense for both those decommissioning and buying the remanufactured equipment, but it helps the UK work towards a more circular economy where equipment is reused rather than discarded,” concluded Sheibani.

Media Contacts
Gemma White / Lindsey Challis
Comtek team at Finn Partners, incorporating Johnson King PR
Email: comtekteam@finnpartners.com
Phone:020 7017 8421

22Oct 2015

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Pleasanton, CA / London, UK – Sorrento Networks International, a global provider of DWDM optical systems to maximize fiber network bandwidth, announces the introduction of a 100G (Gigabytes per second) line-rate system. The ultra-compact GigaMux 3300 system is the latest addition to the GigaMux portfolio of products.

The Sorrento Networks GigaMux 3300 solution is unique in both its low cost of deployment and compact footprint compared to other available offerings.

The increased bandwidth of this solution enables optical transport across metro edge and core topologies of native 100G client traffic, or the flexibility to multiplex up to ten 10G or two 40G client sources to a single 100G line. This boosts the bandwidth capacity of current fiber plants significantly, enabling operators to maximize their fiber utilization before investing in expensive additional plant. The alternative would be to lay or rent new fibers or purchase standard Ethernet services.

The innovative optics engine of the GigaMux 3300 100G solution lowers the cost threshold for smart coherent technology in the metro domain. Fiber spans of up to 1500km are supported, without regeneration, in addition to offering simplified network design with electronic dispersion compensation and operation over low quality fiber plant. Up to 80 100G channels can be supported per fiber using GigaMux 3000 and GigaMux 3200 photonic filters.

“The new normal is rapidly becoming the 100G speed for bandwidth services, and the GigaMux 3300 offers an easy and cost-effective path for service providers to achieve this. We see many of our customers eager to deploy such speeds, but are hampered by the challenges of laying or renting new fiber. This offers a fast and cost-effective solution and represents a significant enhancement to the Sorrento Networks GigaMux product portfolio.” - Director of Product Management, John Mitchell

“The new normal is rapidly becoming the 100G speed for bandwidth services, and the GigaMux 3300 offers an easy and cost-effective path for service providers to achieve this,” comments John Mitchell, Director of Product Management at Sorrento Networks. “We see many of our customers eager to deploy such speeds, but are hampered by the challenges of laying or renting new fiber. This offers a fast and cost-effective solution and represents a significant enhancement to the Sorrento Networks GigaMux product portfolio.”

Further details are available at www.sorrentonet.com/products/GM3300

Sorrento Networks is demonstrating the GigaMux 3300 at Broadband World Forum, London at booth 11.

The GigaMux 3300 adds to the existing portfolio of products – GigaMux 3000, 3100 and 3200 – extending the offer of right-sized solutions per application. The GigaMux 3300 allows current users of the Sorrento Networks GigaMux 3200 to multiplex existing 10G services to 100G, freeing wavelengths channels for future use. In addition, the coherent nature of the GigaMux3300 100G line signal enables 100G traffic to ride seamlessly over spare channels in existing GigaMux3200 fiber infrastructure without fmurther plant re-engineering.

About Sorrento Networks International (part of The Comtek Group)

Sorrento Networks International is a global provider of metro optical access solutions for customers who want to maximize their bandwidth availability.

Sorrento Networks offers an edge-to-regional CWDM and DWDM product portfolio to telecom carriers and enterprises throughout North America and Europe. Its GigaMux optical transport products are an efficient and low cost means of adding bandwidth to clients’ networks while transporting mission-critical services and applications across existing network infrastructure. Sorrento Networks products offer a cost-effective solution while protecting existing network investments. Data transport security is also ensured by the use of state-of-art technology which meets all NIST AES-256 requirements.

The company is part of The Comtek Group, a global provider of repairs and support to the telecoms, data communications and network service industries.

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