ZyXEL

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ZyXEL Communications Corp.
Public
(TWSE: 2391)
Industry Networking hardware
Founded 1989
Headquarters Hsinchu, Taiwan
Key people
Shun-I Chu
Products Switches, Routers, Firewalls, VoIP Telephones, Modems
Revenue NT$14.22 billion
Number of employees
2170
Slogan Unleash Networking Power
Website www.zyxel.com
ZyXEL Prestige 600 series DSL modem.

ZyXEL Communications Corp. (Chinese: 合勤科技; pinyin: Héqín Kējì; Holding company Unizyx TSE: 3704), located in Hsinchu, Taiwan, is a manufacturer of DSL and other networking devices. (Gartner, August 2005). With headquarters in Taiwan, ZyXEL maintains branch offices in North America, Europe, and Asia. Currently, ZyXEL has around 2100 employees globally, with distributors in more than seventy countries, and products marketed in more than 150 countries on five continents. ZyXEL works with worldwide network equipment vendors, telecommunications companies, ISPs, and other small to medium businesses.

ZyXEL commonly acts as OEM for ISPs or system integrators. It is common for a DSL user to get an ISP-branded DSL modem from their ISP; for example Earthlink issues ZyXEL ADSL modems that have the suffix "-ELINK" at the end of the model number, and the configuration screens contain the Earthlink logo. Branding the setup screens with the ISP's corporate identity is accompanied with the ability to specify default configuration settings appropriate for their network, thus simplifying the setup directions they ship to a new customer.

Corporate history[edit]

1988 - ZyXEL founder, Dr. Shun-I Chu, starts the business in Taoyuan County, Taiwan in 1988. Dr. Chu rents an apartment in Taoyuan as a lab and starts to develop an analog modem in 1988.

1989 - Headquarters is established at Hsinchu Science Park, Taiwan in 1989.

1992 - World’s 1st Integrated voice/fax/modem

1995 - World’s 1st Analog/ digital ISDN modem

2004 - World’s 1st ADSL2+ gateway

2005 - World’s 1st palm-sized portable personal firewall

2009 - World’s 1st Gigabit active fiber & Telco-grade IPv6 end to end solution

2010 - World’s 1st Carbon footprint verification on the VDSL2 CPE product

2014 - World’s 1st UMTS 802.11ac compatible small cell CPE

2015 - Garners 13th Consecutive Best Taiwan Global Brands Award

The history of the name and pronunciation[edit]

ZyXEL is pronounced “zai-cell.” Many companies choose a name closer to A for a lead position in alphabetical listings. ZyXEL took an unorthodox route, picking “Zy” to get listed first the other way around. The “xel” also evokes “excel,” showing ZyXEL’s commitment to go beyond expectations and achieve excellence in the networking industry.

ZyXEL’s Chinese name, 合勤, is pronounced “Her-Chin,” which translates to “cooperative and diligent.

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