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Optelian Expands African Sales Strength

South African-based MCT Telecommunications Signs Up to Sell Optelian Systems

Optelian is pleased to announce an agreement with MCT Telecommunications to sell and support Optelian’s LightGAIN optical transport systems and LightPRO test and turn-up tools. MCT Telecommunications is based in Johannesburg, and has clients throughout Sub-Saharan Africa.

“MCT Telecommunications is an ideal partner for us. Africa is the fastest growing telecommunications market in the world, and MCT has enormous credibility in this market” said Clifford Watson, Managing Director, Optelian International Corporation.

“In our experience with African networks we have identified extreme temperatures, power consumption and space as key concerns for African Telcos,” said Masopha Moshoeshoe, Chief Financial Officer of MCT Telecommunications, “Optelian’s compact footprint, low power draw, and environmental hardening make its equipment a perfect fit for these conditions.”

About MCT Telecommunications

MCT Telecommunications has specialised in the Operational Support Business for more than 20 years, and the company has expanded its product portfolio to include total solutions in the field of Operational Support Systems for copper and fibre cable networks, premium optical transport systems, last mile technology for ISDN and DSL network protocols, copper and fibre termination products and accessories, network security products, and software application and remote test applications for DSL networks.

MCT has also added a comprehensive portfolio of services enabling it to provide a national turn-key capability and program management for network build and rehabilitation projects, as well as a fully managed service from a national NOC (Network Operations Centre) for copper and fibre networks. MCT’s comprehensive service proposal for Managed Services on fibre networks is unique in SouthAfrica and MCT has total market share in this area.

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Optelian provides optical transport systems for telecom, multi-service operator (MSO), utility, and enterprise customers worldwide. Since 2002, the world’s largest telecommunications network operators have been choosing Optelian for product reliability, quick delivery, custom designs, and great service.

Optelian’s carrier-grade system, LightGAIN, saves power and is easy to use. Compact LightGAIN systems support a full range of optical transport applications in all segments of the network.

Optelian sales, service, and marketing are based in Marietta, Georgia; development and manufacturing are based in Ottawa, Ontario, with offices, partners, and resellers worldwide.

For additional information regarding Optelian, please go to

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