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August 02, 2011

Communications Provider Communications Systems Purchases Patapsco Communications

By Jamie Epstein, TMCnet Web Editor

Communications Systems (News - Alert), a communications provider of broadband network solutions serving customers around the world, has just acquired Patapsco Designs Limited of the U.K., also known as Patapsco Communications, for its Transition Networks (News - Alert) business unit. This merger will dramatically enhance Transition Networks' role as a manufacturer of broadband hardware solutions designed specifically for service providers, enterprise and government networks.

According to a press release, the Patapsco acquisition will power pseudowire, otherwise known as TDM over IP or Circuit Emulation Services (CESoIP), as well as multiple ISDN products such as ISDNoIP to Transition Networks' capabilities. These advanced technology offerings support the transportation of TDM traffic over IP and Ethernet packet networks.

For over 20 years, Patapsco has been known for its high level of quality and customer support, and a heavy focus on delivering solutions for complicated technical obstacles including highly-accurate clocking and synchronization needed for many applications, such as mobile backhaul delivery via packet networks, the press release stated.

"Patapsco's product line is a strategic addition for Transition Networks in expanding its product offering to the service provider market. Patapsco has a strong line of existing products that we can immediately leverage in Transition Networks' customer and distribution network around the world. Furthermore, the combined engineering efforts of Patapsco and Transition Networks will allow us to bring new products to market that utilize core technologies from both companies," stated William G. Schultz, president and CEO of Communications Systems, in a statement.

The ability to leverage Patapsco's technology within the Transition portfolio will help the company to provide customers with all new infrastructures designed for broadband delivery of both new and legacy services. In conjunction with Transition's previously established suite of Carrier Ethernet products, the company can offer access to a much more diverse and wider availability of scalable and cost-effective solutions for customers as they continue to transition to packet-based networks.

"I am delighted to be working with CSI (News - Alert); they bring the perfect combination in terms of established channels and customers that match our engineering skills and products/services,” said Paul Strawbridge, founder and managing director of Patapsco Designs Limited. “Patapsco's historic focus on engineering excellence and innovative migration products is an ideal fit with CSI's individual customer-orientated strategy. The company cultures are similar and we are already working closely in bringing established products to market under the Transition Networks banner as well as on exciting new developments, and I anticipate the arrangement will open many new opportunities.”

Jamie Epstein is a TMCnet Web Editor. Previously she interned at News 12 Long Island as a reporter's assistant. After working as an administrative assistant for a year, she joined TMC (News - Alert) as a Web editor for TMCnet. Jamie grew up on the North Shore of Long Island and holds a bachelor's degree in mass communication with a concentration in broadcasting from Five Towns College. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf

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