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New Market Opportunity for Enterasys’ RoamAbout Wireless Portfolio


NEWBURY, ENGLAND – In a move to expand its channel programme and open up new revenue opportunities, Enterasys Networks Inc. has announced a distribution agreement with UK-based distributor, Wadsworth Electronics. Wadsworth Electronics will add Enterasys’ award-winning RoamAboutTM wireless portfolio to its extensive range of networking products, and promote the leading mobility solution to 25,000 customers through its substantial sales catalogue.

“The integration of both wireless and wired networks is now becoming a key strategy for enterprise customers, leveraging combined power and flexibility to provision access for all. This has led to a demand for cabling companies to become more familiar with wireless LAN technology,” commented Stefan Michal, Vice President of UK & Ireland. “Our relationship with Wadsworth Electronics will further promote the use of wireless LANs as a valid access technology, enabling cabling companies to offer both wired and wireless solutions at the stage of cabling design and implementation. Wadsworth Electronics is undertaking an intense education programme within its customer base, and we wholeheartedly support this inclusive approach to cabling and network design.”

Based exclusively upon Enterasys’ Indoor and Outdoor RoamAboutTM wireless solutions, Wadsworth Electronics will promote and distribute best-of-breed, standards-based mobile LAN technology to its base of cabling partners. The combined partnership will fulfil the increasing opportunities from cabling experts and serve the burgeoning mobility segment of the UK enterprise market.

“Our decision to add the Enterasys wireless products to our portfolio was made after extensive research into the marketplace. We believe that the partnership will provide more business opportunities for our installer customers to move into the growing demand for wireless networking. The vision of Enterasys for future generations of wireless products is greater than many of its’ competitors” said Jeff Yong, Marketing Manager with Wadsworth Electronics.

Enterasys’ RoamAbout wireless LAN family consists of both Indoor and Outdoor wireless solutions, encompassing its award-winning RoamAbout 2000 Access Points and 11Mbps radio cards. The family also extends to its new RoamAbout R2 wireless access platform, a solution offering 54Mpbs wireless performance with Layer 3-4 capabilities, such as multi-layer Quality-of-Service (QoS). Security is assured through 40 and 128-bit data encryption supporting 802.11 Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) standards.

About Wadsworth Electronics:
Trading for over 50 years, Wadsworth is the leading specialist distributor of computer networking products. Aiming to make life as easy as possible, Wadsworth offers free technical support, rapid response and next day delivery on all orders received before 4.30pm. Alternatively, orders can be collected from one of our 47 dedicated target worldwide depots across the UK. Our Wise 5 Plus Programme also offers a 15 year warranty on installations for that added peace of mind.
An annual catalogue is published holding nearly 400 pages of products and can be obtained free of charge by contacting sales representatives on +44 20 8268 7000, alternatively, our full product range can be found at http://www.wadsworth.co.uk

About Enterasys Networks:
Enterasys Networks (NYSE: ETS) is a leading worldwide provider of communications infrastructures for enterprise-class customers. Enterasys’ networking hardware and software offerings deliver the innovative security, availability and mobility solutions required by Global 2000 organizations coupled with the industry’s strongest service and support. For more information, visit www.enterasys.com


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Editorial Contacts:
Annmarie Dickson,
Enterasys Networks,
Tel: +44 1635 810723,
E: adickson@enterasys.com

Martin Brindley/Adrian Brophy,
MCC International Ltd,
Tel: +44 1962 888100,
E: martin.brindley@mccint.com,
E: Adrian.brophy@mccint.com

Cassie Hill,
Wadsworth Electronics,
Tel: 020 8268 7000,
E: cassie.hill@wadsworth.co.uk

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