Siemens continues to deepen its ties with Chinese rival Huawei Technologies. The German conglomerate will resell routers and switches from Huawei's Quidway product line.
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Numerous enterprise customers have been asking Siemens for less expensive network equipment, according to Siemens spokesman Thomas Schepp.
"Our partnership with Huawei will allow us to offer a range of routers, bridges and other networking systems at lower prices," he said. "Although we expect most demand for Huawei products to come from Asia, we assume customers in some of our other markets will be interested in this alternative as well."
Huawei joins three other preferred suppliers of enterprise equipment to Siemens: Cisco Systems, Enterasys Networks and Extreme Networks.
Siemens abandoned the enterprise manufacturing business in May 2003 when it sold its network subsidiary Unisphere Networks, which made routers, gateway devices and other equipment, to Juniper Networks.
In February 2004, Siemens took a significant step toward expanding its operations in China by teaming with Huawei to develop, manufacture and sell high-speed mobile network systems based on the Time Division Synchronous Code Division Multiple Access technology.
John Blau writes for IDG News Service