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ADTRAN Sets Bar for Global Quality with Expanded TL 9000 Certification

ADTRAN®, Inc., (NASDAQ: ADTN), a leading provider of next-generation networking solutions, today announced the expansion of its TL 9000 Certification across facilities and European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) product categories. The TL 9000 Quality Management System (QMS) standardization has now been achieved for four design and operations locations in Germany, as well as the hiX 5600 product portfolio and the Access Integrator Ethernet (ACI-E) service management platform. ADTRAN has also been recognized with recertification for sixteen current product categories from its Enterprise and Carrier Networks divisions.

With accelerated growth in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) market, ADTRAN took steps to ensure that its processes and products serving regions around the globe meet the same high quality requirements for design, development, production, delivery and service across ADTRAN’s entire solution portfolios. The addition of the German facilities in Berlin, Munich, Bruchsal and Greifswald brings the total to nine global operations centers that have successfully been certified as part of ADTRAN’s multi-site registration.

“The TL 9000 certification recognizes the best of industry vendors in terms of overall hardware, software and services quality. The systematic and repeatable framework at the foundation of the certification is instrumental for companies as they look to increase global productivity, optimize resources, reduce costs and improve customer satisfaction,” said Fraser Pajak, CEO of QuEST. “For vendors such as ADTRAN, expanding the certification showcases its innovation and dedication to ensuring a high standard of quality for its products and services. With the certification, ADTRAN customers can rest assured knowing the company is taking the necessary steps to meet their demands for satisfaction and performance.”

“As one of the world’s leading broadband solutions suppliers, we view our commitment to quality to all of our customers as our first priority,” said Dr. Eduard Scheiterer, managing director of ADTRAN GmbH. “The expansion of the TL9000 certification to include our EMEA focused products and processes, as well as the recertification of our existing TL9000 Management system, gives our partners and suppliers the assurance of top-quality hardware, software and services.”

Developed in 1998 by the Quality of Excellence for Suppliers of Telecommunications (QuEST) Forum, TL 9000 is a QMS built on an ISO 9001:2008 standard, the only standard in its family that is qualified to setting the criteria for the processes, procedures and tools that make up various certifications, and eight quality principles. Building on the ISO standard, the TL 9000 standard includes supplemental requirements, including performance measurements based on the product reliability, software development life-cycle management, requirements for specialized service functions, requirements to address communication between network operators and suppliers, as well as reporting of quality measurement data to a central warehouse. The resulting two-part system contains management and measurement components, including telecom-specific requirements on all registrations, hardware and software, service registrations and measurements that apply in all product categories and apply in certain product categories specific to hardware, software and/or services.

About ADTRAN

ADTRAN, Inc. is a leading global provider of networking and communications equipment. ADTRAN’s products enable voice, data, video and Internet communications across a variety of network infrastructures. ADTRAN solutions are currently in use by service providers, private enterprises, government organizations, and millions of individual users worldwide. For more information, please visit www.adtran.com.

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