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May 11, 2009

OptiCon Partners with Mfumo Networking Solutions of South Africa

By Shamila Janakiraman, TMCnet Contributor

OptiCon Systems a provider of wireline, wireless and fiber optics network management solutions including software, professional services and integrated systems, has announced the signing of an Exclusive Agency Agreement with Mfumo Networking Solutions of South Africa.
As per the agreement, Mfumo will provide its customers with data services relative to the installation of OptiCon Fiber Management Software and will undertake mapping and monitoring of the customer’s network systems as well as provide other professional services for the use of the company’s software.
Mfumo will also invest in infrastructure including facilities, equipment, personnel, and marketing, to build a large network operating center in the African Continent for OptiCon.

Since Mfumo has good relations with local municipalities and government agencies, it is expected to expand OptiCon’s business in the country. South Africa has been experiencing good growth in the voice and data services demand. The country is investing a lot on building the fiber infrastructure to meet the needs of global communications, especially for the upcoming World Cup Soccer Tournament next year.

Besides the government investing in fiber optics, major cities and municipalities are also expanding the fiber optic coverage to office buildings, schools and outlying areas and are going forward by awarding major contracts for the installation of fiber optic lines covering the country.

According to the agreement the first installation of the company’s software will be done for Ekurhuleni municipality and may be the only municipality in the world to own a fiber optic network.

“This Agreement with Mfumo will provide OptiCon a physical presence and a major competitive advantage in South Africa with a great opportunity to deploy our Fiber Optic Management System to all government agencies at a time when the government is deploying nationwide fiber optic systems, and are in dire need to maintain critical networks up and running with as little interruption as possible; OptiCon provides the solution to their needs,” Sam Talari, Chairman of OptiCon Systems, Inc.

“Mfumo’s expertise and knowledge in the South Africa Telecomm market and business relationships built over the years provide OptiCon a platform for expansion not only in South Africa but to the surrounding countries in southern Africa. Through this agreement, South Africa will have the most cutting-edge fiber optic network management system and Network Operating Center to manage those networks in the market today,” said Talari.

Shamila Janakiraman is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Shamila’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi