Sorrento Networks International is a global provider of metro optical access solutions for customers looking for maximum bandwidth deployments. Sorrento Networks offers an edge-to-regional CWDM and DWDM product portfolio to telecom carriers and enterprises throughout North America and Europe.
GigaMux optical transport products efficiently add bandwidth to clients’ networks and transport mission-critical services and applications across network infrastructures. Sorrento’s products offer cost effective solutions while protecting existing network investments. Data transport security is ensured with state-of-art technology which is fully compliant with NIST AES-256 requirements. Sorrento Networks International is part of The Comtek Group.
Sorrento Networks’ Management Team
Comtek Group CEO
Askar has been an entrepreneur from the age of eight. He started his telecoms business Comtek over 25 years ago in Reading, Berkshire in the UK. Today it has offices in Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Deeside (HQ), Reading, Belfast and now the USA through the acquisition of Sorrento Networks. Comtek operates across the world, through its cutting edge telecommunications technology centers. The company has experienced impressive growth over the past four years and its customers include some of the largest international companies.
In the UK, Askar has been appointed by the Business Minister to promote entrepreneurship and business start-ups amongst young people in Wales. He has also been a business advisor to the Secretary of State for Wales and various other UK Government Ministers.
Vice President of Operations
Gene Norgard manages the operations of Sorrento Networks International and is directly responsible for manufacturing, repair, and development of the GigaMux product range. He has been involved with engineering development and manufacturing for more than 30 years, the last 20 as a senior executive. Gene was previously Vice-President of Engineering at Sorrento Networks; prior to that, he was Director of Engineering at Charles Industries and was a founder and Vice-President of Oasys Telecom. Gene has a wide range of experience, ranging from T1/E1 through to 100G optical equipment architecture and design. He holds a B.S.E.E. and a B.S. Business Administration/Finance from San Jose State University.
Vice President of Business Development
John Freebairn is a director and vice president of business development at Sorrento Networks. He brings extensive experience from Nortel Networks where he was the Managing Director for five years. Prior to this he held a variety of positions in the Nortel organisation. John’s Nortel experience included heading up the engineering, quality and manufacturing operations at Nortel’s Operations Centre in Belfast, Northern Ireland; John also spent time as head of Nortel’s EMEA’s business and supply chain operations, which included logistics, repair and customer services.
Sorrento is committed to extending the working life of IT and telecoms equipment – irrespective of age or manufacturer. This philosophy involves helping customers to reduce unnecessary obsolescence and waste, and encourages (in a practical and cost effective way) the minimization of the environmental impact of IT refuse on the planet.
In addition to working with customers, Comtek is also a vocal proponent of government and community initiatives that promote sustainable I.T. practices. Click here to learn more.
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