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[Newsletter "SEI WORLD" Vol.436]

Group Company of the Month: SEL

The business here has a long history, and can be traced back to our predecessor Sumitomo Electric Research Triangle, Inc. (SERT), which started operations in 1984. Sumitomo Electric Lightwave Corp. (SEL) manufactures and sells optical cables using imported optical fibers made by Sumitomo Electric and Air-Blown Fibers (ABF); sells optical connecters for field use, Fiber-to-the-Home (FTT) products, and splicers; and provides training for, maintains, and lends out these products. We are making efforts to have leading multiple systems operators incorporate our gigabit Ethernet equipment for FTTX into their design concepts, and to establish a business foundation for services using this equipment, serving as a U.S. marketing base for our information communication business.

【Reporter】SEL Vice-president Tsutomu Watanabe

A report from SEL in the U.S., which is trying to make inroads into the new market using newly developed optical cabling solutions

Tsutomu Watanabe


Aiming for penetration of our new brand into the U.S. market and entry into global markets with our latest optical cabling solutions centering on optical equipment and telecommunication products

As innovation in mobile telecommunication equipment, social network media and cloud services originating in the U.S. has continued to increase data communication volume significantly, data centers and the like, which store information, are constantly being forced to introduce innovative infrastructure technologies.

I came to SEL as a supervisor of the optical equipment marketing division in September 2011. I established “4th Level Network Solutions,” a new brand for optical cabling solutions named after Tier 4, the most reliable service level for data centers, to expand SEL’s marketing organization. SEL has been working on the expansion of its solutions product lineup, together with related divisions of Sumitomo Electric and its affiliated companies. The design and evaluation center established in 2012 in the U.S. “4th Level Laboratory” is playing a key role in quickly responding our customers. There have been some cases where our proposal made through discussions led to a business agreement.

SEL will put forward proposals that benefit customers by combining the fundamental technologies of Sumitomo Electric and applications developed by SEL.

At an exhibition

At a party for celebrating members’ long service

■Profile of Local Staff Members

Bryce Quay

Bryce Quay

Hello, everyone. My name is Bryce Quay. I joined SEL in 2010 and am serving as a product manager of Air-Blown Network Solutions (technology to blow a compacted optical fiber bundle through a tube cable) offered under the brand name of FutureFLEX. While carrying out marketing activities and planning for product lineups, I manage the website for this product group and improve the sales support application with the aim of expanding sales and boosting the share of this product group.

I am proud of offering high-quality products and excellent services to customers together with SEL’s team members.

Lindsey Alexander

Lindsey Alexander

Hello, everyone. My name is Lindsey Alexander. I joined SEL in 2007 and am a member of the design and development department of the laboratory. I lead the team in charge of evaluation and work in various fields, including acceptance inspections for materials used for optical cables, analysis of defects to respond to customer complaints, and development projects such as tests for optical cabling-related products. As preparations for the opening of the 4th Level Laboratory, which was established in 2012, I selected and introduced test apparatuses.

On holidays, I enjoy visiting various restaurants in North Carolina and running on green trails.

【Places of Interest】North Carolina, Located on Virtually the Same Latitude as Japan and Blessed with Seasonal Beauty
Beautiful White Cotton Fields

Cotton fields in the suburbs

The State of North Carolina, one of the Thirteen Colonies, is one-third as large as Japan in area and currently has a population of approximately 10 million. Since there were vast cotton plantations in the past, even now, beautiful white cotton fields can be seen in the harvesting season.

One of the Major Research and Development Bases in the U.S.

Duke University and Chapel

SEL is located in one of the major research and development bases in the U.S., the Research Triangle Park, near the state capital of Raleigh. North Carolina is situated at 35.5 degrees north latitude, virtually the same as Osaka and Tokyo, and has four seasons. The state is home to medicine-, environment- and information communication-related and other governmental and private research institutions, including North Carolina State University (NC States), the University of North Carolina (UNC) and Duke University (Duke), forming one of the major research and development bases in the U.S. These universities are also famous for their strength in sports, and college football and basketball are popular.

Giant Hamburger

Giant hamburger: specialty of the U.S.

When I first came here, I could not finish giant hamburgers. However, it is surprising that as time passed, I gradually became able to eat them up. To stay in shape, I try to increase my caloric expenditure through running and playing golf and other sports on the weekend. After that, I promote mutual friendship with my Japanese and U.S. colleagues at a local beer hall or coffee shop.

This June, two major championships in golf, the U.S. Open and the U.S. Women’s Open, will be held at Pinehurst Resort. I hope that visitors will enjoy the beautiful forest scenery here and cheer on the players.

North Carolina in winter   Colorful wild bird, the Northern Cardinal   The state flower, the Dogwood
  Canadian geese flying to SEL   A squirrel preparing for winter  

Corporate Profile

Sumitomo Electric Lightwave Corp.(SEL)

Company name Sumitomo Electric Lightwave Corp.
Established February 1994
Business Development, manufacture and sale of optical communication cables and in-plant optical cabling systems; and sale and service of splicers and network equipment
Representative Fred McDuffee, President & CEO
Employees 192 (Japanese expats: 4)
(as of the end of November 2013)
2014 Index
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