AFL Forays into Indian market, announces strategic alliance with Citadel Intelligent Systems

Bengaluru, 20th November 2017: AFL, a leading manufacturer of Fiber Optic cable, equipment and accessories, has expanded its global footprint by entering the Indian market. AFL has partnered with Citadel Intelligent Systems Pvt. Ltd. (CIS), a Bangalore-based start-up, to manufacture optic fiber solutions for India and rest of the world.

Speakingabout the business expansion and partnership, Mr. Jody Gallagher, President andChief Executive Officer, AFL said“India has evolved as digitally advanced market.The rising demand for high-speed broadband, increased investment in informationtechnology and telecommunications, accelerated by government led ‘Make inIndia’, ‘Smart Cities’ and ‘Digital India’ initiatives, are scaling upexponential growth for the optical fiber solutions in the country. Globally,AFL has led the way with innovative products that deliver cutting edgesolutions for its customers. We believe that our partnership with CIS will opennew avenues for us, help in tapping new customer segments and remaincompetitive in the business”. 

Spearheadedby the industry veteran, Mr. KK Shetty, CIS will provide the manufacturingexcellence, sales and marketing support to AFL, while it will receive knowledgeengineering, product, application and engineering support by AFL. As part ofthe alliance, CIS has developed a state-of- the-art manufacturing facility inBangalore. Aimed atdelivering customer – centric innovative solutions, the facility comprises world-classmanufacturing equipments, backed by highly skilled and experienced workforce. 

Mr.Gallagher further stated“AFL’s optical assembly capabilities are recognized forinnovation and high performance. Above all India has the right talent pool andby manufacturing in India we will be able to provide customization and “quickturn manufacturing” to support the specific requirements of our customers.” 

Expressinghis views on the partnership, Mr. K K Shetty, CEO and Managing Director,Citadel Intelligent Systems Pvt. Ltd. said, “We are delighted to partner with AFL who isamong the top three suppliers of hyperscale and data center solutions globally.With our collective industryexperience and technical expertise, we areconfident of fostering the global optical fiber market with our unparalleledproducts and solutions. As the recent studies suggest the sector will reach a 2billion USD revenue mark by 2019.To be synchronised with this, ourcollaboration aims atestablishing a world class organization that can supportexisting global clients of AFL in India as well as the incredible demand forinnovation within the Indian data center customers.” 

The AFL- CISstrategic partnership will bring many robust fiber distribution and cablemanagement solutions to India, such as the latest fiber cable designs thataddress the growing innovation required to manage significant high fiber countapplications within data centers. The partnership is primarily expected toprovide customized fiber optic solutions for hyperscale & data centermarkets and harsh environments. 

TheBangalore facility is located at Doddanekundi Industrial Area, Hoodi andsprawled over 20,000 sq. ft. Currently, it has a total workforce of 50employees and the AFL-CIS partnership plans to increase it to 100 by March2018.

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