New ruggedized networking solutions for the smart grid communications infrastructure.

ST. LOUIS, MO - April 19, 2010 - Belden (NYSE: BDC), a leader in signal transmission solutions, announced today the launch of new ruggedized networking solutions for the smart grid communications infrastructure. Belden officially introduces its Ethernet switch and cabling solutions for substations at the IEEE/PES (Power Transmission & Distribution) Conference and Expo in New Orleans on April 20-22, 2010.

Belden is uniquely positioned to leverage its technology, know-how and market leadership in data communications, industrial Ethernet and industrial automation to the Power Transmission & Distribution Industry, specifically by offering high reliability, end-to-end industrial Ethernet solutions that optimize system performance.

Brian Lieser, director of global vertical marketing, says, "With our line-up of field-proven, substation hardened products for industrial Ethernet and other networking protocols, Belden is well-positioned to deliver data networking solutions that address the evolving needs of global substation designers and operators. From Belden cabling and connectivity to Hirschmann branded switches, hardware, and advanced wireless technology, we offer a range of solutions that are fully compliant with all industry standards while providing maximum security and uptime."

Belden Offers a Full Range of Substation-Grade Ethernet Components

At the IEEE/PES Conference, Belden will showcase its substation-ready signal transmission products and solutions for industrial Ethernet. These include:

- Hirschmann switches, security/firewall devices and networking software
- Hirschmann BAT WAN/LAN wireless systems
- Hirschmann terminated fiber optic and UTP media
- Belden TrayOptic® and FiberExpress® fiber optic cables and connectivity
- Belden DataTuff® Category 6 and 5e cables

Belden's substation-grade Ethernet infrastructure components are ruggedly constructed to withstand the severe environmental hazards under which they must operate. The products are designed to deliver high performance and 99.999% reliability over the long term, as well as the high bandwidth and high level of network security so critical in today's complex world.

Installed and integrated across the entire smart grid' communications infrastructure, Belden's standards-based, field-proven solutions can help power companies and their partners achieve seamless real-time information flow across power generation, transmission, distribution and management functions.

For more information, contact Belden, P.O. Box 1980, Richmond, Indiana 47375, 1.800.BELDEN.1 Fax: 765-983.5294. Or visit our Web site:

About Belden

St. Louis-based Belden is a leader in comprehensive cable, wireless signal, industrial networking and other transmission solutions. It has approximately 6,200 employees, and provides value for industrial automation, enterprise, education, healthcare, entertainment and broadcast, sound and security, transportation, infrastructure, consumer electronics and other industries. Belden has manufacturing capabilities throughout North America and Europe and a market presence in nearly every region of the world. Belden was founded in 1902, and today is a leader with some of the strongest brands in the signal transmission industry. For more information, visit

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