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For immediate release - 15th January 2003

New partnerships to increase connectivity

As one of Europe's largest telecommunications markets, France will now benefit from two new business partnerships that will bring quality, highspeed telecommunications connectivity to French customers.

The Siemon Company, a world leader in structured cabling and connectivity, launched in France last year and has now formed alliances with Azenn and Anixter, leading distributors of communication and data products.

The partnerships complete the Siemon distribution plan throughout France and put the company in a strong position to build the next generation of LAN infrastructures throughout France.

Chris Marks, General Manager of Siemon's French office said: "The Siemon Company will fill a void that currently exists in this region for quality, highspeed telecommunications connectivity. Our new partnerships with Azenn and Anixter will give us the ability to quickly meet the needs of the market.

"With our high quality, high performance products and Azenn and Anixter's excellent distribution capabilities, we are confident that we will have enormous success in the French enterprise solutions market."

Based in the new high-tech Paris Axe France building, adjacent to the new Fran├žois Mitterand library in the growing eastern Tolbiac quarter of Paris, The Siemon Company has a new team of telecommunications specialists who can build a solution for any company application needs.

Siemon offers the most comprehensive product line in the industry today. Featuring independently verified category 6 components that guarantee performance to 350MHz, high performance category 5e cabling systems, advanced fibre solutions rated for 10 Gigabit services and beyond.

In 1999 Siemon was the first company to launch a commercially available Category 7 solution. Its connectivity solutions now include the Category 7 TERA products, plus fibre optic, coax and screened (scTP) and fully shielded (SSTP) twisted-pair components.

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The Siemon Company - www.siemon.co.uk

The Siemon Company, founded in the USA in 1903, is a proven global technology leader in the design and manufacture of standards-based structured cabling systems and components.

Headquartered in Watertown, Connecticut, The Siemon Company today has 20 offices in 12 countries. Their EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) regional headquarters are located in Woking in Surrey, UK.

Siemon's structured cabling systems include the full range of Cat 5e to proposed Cat 7 copper connectivity solutions as well as fibre optics alongside a full offering of supporting passive technology. They provide individually tailored turn-key installations for multi-site and multinational customers in retail, commercial, industrial, government and residential markets.

The company is also a world leader in research and development of cabling technology and is an active participant in current and future international cabling standard setting bodies.

The Siemon Company holds ISO9001, 9002 and 14001 accreditation and their Certified Installer Training Course attracts points towards BICSI RCDD accreditation.

Azenn

SEI & Pelages came together in 2000 to form Azenn. Today, Azenn is one of the dominant specialist distributors of structure cabling systems in France, with more than 20 years experience of supplying quality products. Azenn has two stock locations and more than 100 employees covering sales across France.

Anixter

Anixter Inc. is a world-leading distributor of data communication products and electrical wire and cable. Founded in 1957, the company now employs more than 5,000 people in 180 cities throughout the world. Anixter customers benefit from the company's technical expertise and market specialization and have access to Best-in-Class products through Anixter's partnerships with the world's leading manufacturers.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

United Kingdom
Susannah Hines
Hallmark Public Relations
T: +44 (0)1962 863850
E: susannah.hines@hallmarkpr.co.uk

France
Evelyne Martin/Caroline Prince
Yucatan
T: +33 (0)1 53632727
E: cprince@yucatan.tm.fr


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