Paris and Johannesburg, October 14, 2009 – Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced that it has selected Sahara Computers, a leading supplier of information communications and digital lifestyle technology in Africa, as a new value-added distributor. Working with Alcatel-Lucent, Sahara Computers will address the IP networking needs for local integrators who install and support communication solutions for small and medium businesses in the Southern and East African markets.
Under the terms of the agreement, Sahara Computers, which is part of Sahara Holdings, will offer the full suite of Alcatel-Lucent’s enterprise communications solutions to small businesses and large enterprises across the Southern and East African market.
“Partnering with a communications leader such as Alcatel-Lucent will allow us to expand our activities and serve more customers in the region, while improving our communication solutions offerings,” said Atul Gupta, Chairman and Managing Director of Sahara Computers. “We expect that the synergy between Alcatel-Lucent’s world-class enterprise portfolio and our strong growth model will help us increase revenues. To ensure our mutual success, we have appointed a specialized team that will promote and market efficient supply of IP security, voice and data solutions to end customers through our channels.”
The new program offer is designed to recruit, train, certify, support and provide innovative communication solutions to indirect resellers in order to broaden distribution and better address the growing communications needs of the enterprise market in South and East Africa – helping businesses become dynamic enterprises where network, people, process and knowledge work together to improve productivity. Sahara Computers will gain tools to create marketing campaigns and messaging guidance focused on small- and medium-sized businesses. It will also have access to sales training focused on the importance of end-user engagement, and on transforming business processes rather than just providing technical solution details.
“This new partnership demonstrates Alcatel-Lucent’s ongoing commitment to the growth of our enterprise business through channels in Africa,” said Jan Zuurbier Vice-President for Alcatel-Lucent’s enterprise activities in Emerging Countries. “Alcatel-Lucent has proven expertise in the enterprise networking arena and provides a widespread array of networking solutions and deployment throughout in the continent.”
About Sahara Computers
Established in 1997 Sahara Computers assembles and markets PCs and peripherals through a global distribution network that covers both established and emerging markets. The company is an official distributor and Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) for a variety of top international vendors including some of the world’s most innovative technology leaders. The core focus of Sahara’s operation is the consistent and effective supply of product to rapidly expanding market sectors including corporate, government, digital lifestyle and mobile & wireless. This operation is managed via the company’s head office in Midrand, Gauteng, considered a central business hub. The Sahara business network stretches across South Africa and includes Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth. Sahara Computers has successfully extended its reach to key regions and emerging global markets. The Sahara brand is also well known across Africa, with established company presence in countries like Botswana, Kenya and Mozambique. For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on the Internet: http://www.sahara.co.za/
Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) is the trusted partner of service providers, enterprises and governments worldwide, providing solutions to deliver voice, data and video communication services to end-users. A leader in fixed, mobile and converged broadband networking, IP technologies, applications and services, Alcatel-Lucent leverages the unrivalled technical and scientific expertise of Bell Labs, one of the largest innovation powerhouses in the communications industry. With operations in more than 130 countries and the most experienced global services organization in the industry, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with a global reach. Alcatel-Lucent achieved revenues of Euro 16.98 billion in 2008 and is incorporated in France, with executive offices located in Paris. For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on the Internet: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com
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