South Africa: network and security VAD Networks Unlimited has become a distribution partner of ProLabs, a provider of network infrastructure and connectivity products. Southern African customers will, with immediate effect, have access to the ProLabs product line of high-quality, OEM-compatible optical transceivers and direct-attach cables offering at significant cost savings, often up to 70% less than OEM-branded products. "Our partnership with ProLabs is in line with our strategy to provide the southern African market the best and latest solutions within the converged technology, data centre, networking, and security landscapes. We fully expect that ProLabs' sophisticated, reliable and affordable network components will be both valued and well-received by end-users in this region," says Anton Jacobsz, managing director at Networks Unlimited. Distinguishing itself from others in the market, ProLabs provides end-to-end services, including sourcing, coding, testing, customisation, responsive support and ongoing expertise. The company has significantly expanded its R&D capabilities and is now at the forefront of technology development. "ProLabs is challenging OEM dominance to become the largest and most innovative independent player in the global, mid-tier, optical network products market. We are changing the data centre and networking mindset, setting a higher standard for products, service, technology and cost," explains Stephen Burke, VP of sales EMEA and Asia. "ProLabs is an ambitious industry challenger. We are passionate, with an uncommon devotion to customer service and aggressive product development. ProLabs is the leading provider in the market offering customisation and lifetime product warranties." All ProLabs' products are rigorously tested and coded in its own facilities and have a failure rate of just 0.03%. "The company also performs 100% application testing in end-use conditions," adds Burke. "Networks Unlimited's proven experience and reach in the southern African network communication industry make our partnership a perfect fit. ProLabs has realised a need for its dependable and cost-effective network components in this market and together with Networks Unlimited we look forward to expanding our African reach," concludes Burke.