Anite Networks sheds staff

Anite Networks sheds staff

Network integrator Anite Networks has shed 16 staff, as the consequences of divestment of its network hardware manufacturing division Case Technology impact on the company's local operation.

Prominent among the losses was managing director Ian Fewtrell, who became a casualty of a restructure that will see the company move to becoming a fully vendor-independent network integrator.

Anite's Pacific CEO David Arlidge said the staff cuts were a direct result of the divestment of the Case products. "Part of the move to becoming a vendor independent network integrator meant that there were obviously some internal changes that we needed here in our structure."

Internationally that restructure has seen the sale of all of Anite's Case Technology manufacturing divisions. Its Danish manufacturing operations were recently sold to Intel, while its British operations were divested through a management buy out. Six months earlier its US WAN plant was sold.

The sale of the Danish unit netted £UK45 million for the company, which was used in part to cover operating losses of £UK23 million in the last financial year.

The result for Australia is that, whereas Anite in Sydney had been providing technical support for the Asian arm of Case Technology, the management buyout in Britain meant the local Case organisation, now known as Case Asia, is no longer a part of the Anite group. Hence the technical support function was no longer required.

The scaling back of Asian operations also resulted in Fewtrell's departure, as Arlidge assumed direct control of the Australian operation. Previously, Arlidge had been CEO for the Asia/Pacific region, but with the splitting up of Case Asia, Anite's coverage has decreased to only Australia and New Zealand.

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