"This is exciting news for those who see the telecommunications industry as a key driver and employer for the southeast region," says Al Servais, Telecomm Laboratory Manager for TUV Rheinland's office in Raleigh.
"In the last quarter we have seen more product testing and certification projects for telecommunications products than we had all of last year combined.The indicators are showing us that the telecomm industry has survived the dramatic downturn at the beginning of this decade and is now poised for a resurgence for the second half of this decade."Servais
says that the majority of the testing being conducted is on what could be dubbed "next generation" equipment for the telecommunications industry.This type of wired equipment will be used by telecommunications giants like AT&T and Verizon
"The types of equipment we are seeing come through our doors are faster, smaller and offer more features than what is on the market today," says Servais
."Additionally we are also doing a number of tests on products to certify them for overseas markets, which companies are looking to grow their markets internationally."
The key spots where TUV Rheinland
is seeing telecommunications growth are in the RTP area of North Carolina, Northern Virginia, and the Atlanta area.Servais
says these areas were hit hard by the downturn in the telecommunications industry following 9/11, losing many of their staff to other industries."But all indications show us that there is a new vitality in the telecommunications industry in the southeast, which bodes well for the region as a whole," he