Ansys Telecom up and running

Alan Holloway, CEO of Ansys Telecom, says that the new venture is up and running and has already started taking orders.

Holloway has resigned as CEO of JSE-listed technology company Ansys, with effect from the end of June to take up the reigns of Ansys Telecom. He was previously COO at Spescom Ltd, and managing director at Avitronics.

He bought Ansys’ recently established telecommunications business for a nominal consideration, while Ansys retains a shareholding in the new company, not exceeding 25%, according to Holloway.

Telecoms industry experts, Delio Senatore, Werner Kuschke and other telecommunication professionals have joined Holloway at Ansys Telecom, with the current staff count at six.

The new company offers core optical and carrier ethernet solutions, as well as passive monitoring technologies and support.

In Holloway’s words, Ansys Telecom plays in the space of network products and design, while the group also maintains its networks. “We aim to be a value added re-seller.”

“The voice era is past, a new era is upon us, data demand is going through the roof and that will only increase as South Africans start to tap into video-on-demand,” Holloway said.

He noted that, as a recovering company, Ansys Group did not have the appetite for risk and adventure, “but I wanted to go for it,” he said.

The company chief says that the amount of shareholding controlled by Ansys and Ansys investors exceeds 51%.

Alt-X listed software and technology group, Ansys recently reported a turnaround in its operations, recording a pre-tax profit of R10.76 million for the year ended February 2012, from a prior loss of R2.43 million.

Revenue grew to R102.09 million, from R97.877 million in 2011, and EBITDA improved to R15.45 million, from a modest R1.98 million before.

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