Harris Stratex Networks Announces TL 9000 Certification; Companywide Effort Meets Increasing Customer Requirements for Compliance
Research Triangle Park, NC, – February 5, 2008 – Harris Stratex Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSTX), the leading independent supplier of turnkey wireless transmission solutions, today announced that the company’s Quality Management System has been certified as compliant with the Telecommunications Standard TL 9000. TL 9000 is a recognized standard in the telecommunications industry for Quality excellence and incorporates the requirements of ISO 9001:2000. Compliance was audited and certified by Bureau Veritas Certification (BVC), a third party registrar.
Harris Stratex Networks was formed in January 2007 from the merger between the Microwave Communications Division (MCD) of Harris Corporation and Stratex Networks. Prior to the merger, both MCD and Stratex Networks had achieved individual third-party certifications for their quality processes. TL 9000 compliance was a top priority for the merged company, and certification was accomplished prior to Harris Stratex Networks’ first year anniversary
“We were able to meet the TL 9000 requirements and complete certification rapidly because it was a company-wide objective supported by our executive team, with the commitment of every Harris Stratex department,” said Steve Arling, vice president of Quality and Customer Satisfaction at Harris Stratex Networks. “This is a stringent, demanding process. We worked together to develop and maintain the Quality Management System for our new company, and we remain committed to the continuous improvement of our program.” Harris Stratex Networks is one of only four microwave radio vendors to achieve TL 9000 certification.
TL 9000 defines standards for the design, development, production, installation and maintenance of telecommunications products, software, hardware or services. TL 9000 standardizes a comprehensive range of statistical measurements, such as mean time-between failure (MTBF), based on pre-defined metrics. Compliance is designed to optimize the quality and reliability of services delivered to users and increase supply chain efficiencies. TL 9000 also provides a basis for objective product and supplier evaluations, so service providers and suppliers can make fully informed decisions. “An increasing number of customers and users worldwide now make TL 9000 certification a requirement for all of their suppliers,” said Arling.
Company performance metrics for TL 9000 standards compliance are reported monthly to the QuEST Forum, a 10-year-old consortium of companies that helps member organizations pursue telecommunications quality and performance excellence through the implementation of the TL 9000 standard. TL 9000 is a trademark of the QuEST Forum.
BVC was selected as Harris Stratex Networks’ auditor in this process. BVC has certified more than 70,000 companies around the world and stresses the need for continuous improvement as well as adding value throughout the process.
About Harris Stratex Networks, Inc.
Harris Stratex Networks, Inc. is the world’s leading independent supplier of turnkey wireless transmission solutions. The company offers reliable, flexible and scalable wireless network solutions, backed by comprehensive professional services and support. Harris Stratex Networks serves all global markets, including mobile network operators, public safety agencies, private network operators, utility and transportation companies, government agencies and broadcasters. Customers in more than 135 countries depend on Harris Stratex Networks to build, expand and upgrade their voice, data and video solutions. Harris Stratex Networks is recognized around the world for innovative, best-in-class wireless networking solutions and services. For more information, visit www.HarrisStratex.com.
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