BTI Invests in Europe

9:45 AM -- Could this be the right time to expand? Optical and Ethernet vendor BTI Systems Inc. clearly thinks so -- it announced the opening of its European headquarters today.

BTI, one of many vendors chasing new packet optical and carrier Ethernet business, is investing £6.7 million ($11.8 million) in a "regional hub and software center of excellence" in Belfast, U.K. (See BTI Adds Agg, BTI Intros 700, BTI Adds Packet Optical, and BTI Pushes 160Gig.)

Belfast is becoming increasingly attractive to companies looking for a foothold in Europe at optimum cost, as there are plenty of financial incentives, and high-tech sites, on offer as Northern Ireland rebuilds its economy after a troubled past. (See Belfast Joins Europe's Fiber Access Clan.)

There's also some fine Guinness to be had, and, for the strong of stomach, an Ulster Fry to start the day.

BTI plans to hire about 60 people, according to a local BBC report, as it chases further business in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) region. (See FT Preps Major Backhaul Rollout.)

— Ray Le Maistre, International News Editor, Light Reading

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