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For Immediate Release
22 April 2007

Robert Bosch Ltd chooses Siemon Category 7 for its UK headquarters

Siemon, the global structured cabling specialist, and certified installer Pandi have secured a prestigious multi-part contract for the supply of a Category 7 cabling system at Robert Bosch Ltd's UK headquarters.

The contract for Siemon's leading edge Category 7 cabling was landed after the company demonstrated that by use of the unique cable sharing possible with the TERA system, Bosch could cut its cable count from three to just two serving each workstation. This meant that the total cabling project fitted into a C5e budget and yet allowed for maximum 10G future proofing.

"This contract win is a significant one for us here at Siemon as it proves our previous claims that major companies like Robert Bosch Ltd can have access to a future-proof cabling solution without breaking their regular cabling budget," said Rob Tansley, Siemon's UK regional director.

Phase one of the project, just completed, has seen the installation of a 1,000 outlet, 150km TERA Category 7 cabling system in the Bosch site at Denham, Buckinghamshire.

The TERA cabling system replaces an IBM Type 1 networking system that, amazingly enough, was installed 18 years ago.

Phase two of the project will see the ground floor of the Bosch offices in Denham also move up from an old IBM Type 1 system to the benefits of the TERA technology, which include the ability to share cables and connect two analogue phone/fax ports with a two-pair 10/100 Mbits/s Ethernet connection or alternatively a four-pair Gigabit or 10 Gigabit/s Ethernet connection.

According to Robert Bosch Ltd's IT infrastructure manager, Trevor Lavender, whilst the Type 1 cabling was considered future-proof when it was installed way back in the late 1980s, the company's networking requirements have moved on.

"The fact that the old network is still operational 18 years after its installation gives total credence to the company's future-proofing strategy," he said, adding that the new network takes account of the need for much faster speeds and the fact that almost everyone now needs at least one phone and one data connection to their desk.

"We were concerned, when we first found out that company specification was for Category 7, that it would be expensive," said Lavender, adding that there was quite a saving in terms of time and expense because, having a company standard, there was no need to go through a complex evaluation procedure.

Lavender explained that one of the reasons that Robert Bosch Ltd chose the Siemon solution over that of the competition was the TERA technology's unique cable-sharing capabilities.

"Not only are all four pairs in each Category 7 cable individually shielded, but the Siemon TERA connector is actually a range of connectors in one," he said.

"Installing Category 7 TERA also provides maximum future-proofing. Of all the systems available at the moment Category 7 appears to offer the most ability to future proof for 10G and beyond. It is important to us we achieve the best return on our investment, rather than only looking at the initial cost and TERA provides excellent lifetime value."

Siemon's Rob Tansley said that the new Robert Bosch Ltd network is now happily handling both analogue and digital phone connections, plus cordless (DECT) systems and fax machines, as well as linking WiFi access points and 10/100 Mbit/s connections.

"These are bread-and-butter applications for our network technology and, of course, as Bosch moves on up to multi-Gigabit networking, the TERA technology will have the capacity to accommodate the extended data capacities required," he said.

"I think it will be fascinating to visit the Bosch site at Denham in another 18 years and discover whether our TERA technology has had the same longevity as the IBM cabling. My money is on this definitely being the case," he added.

For more information on Category 7/7A and Siemon's TERA system visit http://www.siemon.com/uk/category7/

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About Siemon
Established in 1903, Siemon is an industry leader specialising in the design and manufacture of high quality, high performance low voltage infrastructure solutions and services for data centres, LANs and intelligent buildings. Headquartered in Connecticut, USA, with global sales, technical and logistics expertise spanning 100 countries, Siemon offers a comprehensive suite of copper and optical fibre cabling systems, cabinets, racks, cable management, data centre power and cooling systems and intelligent infrastructure management solutions.

With more than 400 patents specific to structured cabling, Siemon Labs invests heavily in R&D and the development of industry standards, underlining the company’s long-standing commitment to its customers and the industry. Siemon Interconnect Solutions (SIS) is a Siemon business unit comprised of a team of dedicated technical sales professionals supported by Siemon Labs, mechanical, electrical and signal integrity engineers committed to solving industry and customer driven interconnect challenges. Siemon provides custom network infrastructure solutions to OEMs, leading manufacturers, value-added resellers and system integrators.
About Pandi
Pandi is an IT Network Services company. It creates, maintains, enhances and manages world class IT environments for clients ranging from blue chip enterprise organisations to mid cap corporates to SME's. The company's portfolio comprises managed services, infrastructure solutions and end point applications from a number of market leading manufacturers.

Founded in 1988 by current Chief Executive Ian Summerfield, Pandi is headquartered in Chalfont St Peter with regional offices in Cheltenham, Cardiff, Glasgow and London. The company currently employs 250+ staff and has an annual turnover of circa £24 million with ambitions of a turnover of £50 million by 2009.
About Bosch
The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. In the areas of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods, and building technology, some 260,000 associates generated sales of 43.7 billion euros in fiscal 2006. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 300 subsidiary and regional companies in more than 50 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. Bosch spends more than three billion euros each year on research and development, and in 2006 applied for more than 3,000 patents worldwide. The company was established in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as the 'Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering'.

The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant up-front investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-two per cent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust. The remaining shares and voting rights are held by the Bosch family and by Robert Bosch GmbH.
Additional information can be accessed at www.bosch.com and www.bosch.co.uk
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