Fentons Ltd., Sri Lanka’s leading integrated solutions provider for building systems infrastructure and ICT infrastructure, recently celebrated 40 years of unbroken strong partnership with Japanese multinational, NEC Corporation.
The unique collaboration between Fentons and NEC, Japan commence back in 1977 and has resulted in numerous projects in the telecommunication and computing fields. The business is primarily focused around the supply and installation of Private Branch Exchange (PABX) telecommunication systems, where FENTONS and NEC are synonymous and powerful brands in Sri Lanka. Fentons has been a pioneer in serving a variety of sectors including banking and finance, leisure, commercial, industrial in addition to several Government projects including ports, armed forces, customs and more.
Speaking at an event hosted by the company at the Kingsbury Hotel to commemorate the anniversary, Chairman of Hayleys PLC and Fentons Ltd. Mohan Pandithage said: “We take great pride in the substantial growth and development which Fentons and NEC have been able to achieve together in the Sri Lankan market over the past 40 years.
“The legacy of our enduring partnership can be seen in the numerous landmark projects which have been implemented over the decades, and we look forward with great anticipation to working with NEC Corporation to further develop our special relationship in order to deliver the highest quality solutions to meet the needs of an increasingly dynamic Sri Lankan economy.”
A special memento commemorating this 40 year anniversary was presented by Hayleys PLC Executive Director Sarath Ganegoda to NEC Asia Pacific Vice President David Ooi.
Fentons is the oldest distributor for NEC in South Asia and was one of only two companies from the Asian region who were invited to participate in NEC’s APAC 25th anniversary celebrations, owing to the unique long-standing relationship between the two companies.
Back in the late 1970s, commencing with an agreement to act as distributors for NEC Key Telephone Systems, Fentons together with NEC introduced Sri Lanka’s very first PABX systems into the Sri Lankan market.
Comprising the communications backbone of most corporate offices, a PABX system is a telephone system within an enterprise that switches calls between internal users and the PSTN on local lines, while allowing all users to share intercommunication facilities within the office environment.
Today, Fentons is the only distributor company in South East Asia that exclusively deals with NEC PABX for their terminal products and systems and maintains a large network of customers island-wide.
The company is a pioneering systems integrator in the category of ‘Specialist Contractor’ under the EM-1 categorisation by the Construction Industry Development Authority (CIDA formerly known as ICTAD) Sri Lanka. The company has strong MEP engineering expertise executed through the efforts of a highly dedicated and well trained team to provide 24/7 service and support.