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VZCZCXYZ0003
RR RUEHWEB

DE RUEHGP #1328 3570027
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 220027Z DEC 08
FM AMEMBASSY SINGAPORE
TO RUCPDOC/USDOC WASHDC
INFO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 6166
RUEPWJF/HQ BICE WASHDC
RUEHHK/AMCONSUL HONG KONG 6437

UNCLAS SINGAPORE 001328

USDOC FOR OEA/532/M. NICKSON / ANTOINETTE DYSON
USDOC FOR 3132/USFCS/OIO/EAP RD/PATRICK SANTILLO
BICE FOR OFFICE OF STRATEGIC INVESTIGATIONS

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: BMGT BEXP ETRD ETTC HK SG

SUBJECT: RSVP: EXTRANCHECK:
PRE-LICENSE CHECK: NERA TELECOMMUNICATIONS LTD
APPLICATION NUMBER: D408150

REF. USDOC 07055

1. Unauthorized disclosure of the information provided below is
prohibited by Section 12C of the Export Administration Act.

2. Application Number: D408150; Attention: OEA/532/M.
Nickson/Antoinette Dyson- License Applicant: Symmetricom Inc. 2300
Orchard Pkwy., San Jose, CA 95131, Contact: Ms. Susan Durr
(408-964-9624).

3. On Wednesday, December 17, 2008, CommAttache Todd Avery, Sr
CommSpec Chia Swee Hoon and ICE Senior Special Agent Russell Perras,
assigned to the Container Security Initiative in Singapore, visited
Nera Telecommunications Ltd located at 109 Defu Lane 10, Singapore
539225. Emboffs met with Mr. Choakdee Dhamasaroj, SVP & Country
Manager of Nera (Thailand) Limited, and three other officers from
Nera Telecommunications Limited based in Singapore: Mr. Neo Aik Hoon
(Manager, Systems Engineering & Customer Service, Microwave
Network), Mr. Christopher P. Cortes (System Engineer, Transmission,
Technical Support) and Mr. Wilson Lau (Operations Executive,
Transmission Network) to brief them on U.S. export licensing
procedures and requirements.

4. From the interview, Emboffs established that Nera
Telecommunications Ltd had successfully tendered for the Royal Thai
Air Force (RTAF) Defense System Phase II contract worth 36 million
Euros. Mr. Choakdee Dhamasaroj specifically flew into Singapore for
the PLC as he is the Country Manager for Nera (Thailand) Limited
that will be responsible for installing the telecommunication system
at RTAF. He is familiar with the project and is aware of U.S. export
regulations and licensing requirements for controlled items. Mr.
Choakdee Dhamasaroj explained that Nera Telecommunictions Ltd
participated in the tender instead of the Thailand office as it was
better qualified to bid for the large tender. He further explained
that the controlled commodity from Symmetricom Inc was one of 28
products that will be integrated into the telecommunication system
for the RTAF. The controlled product will be shipped to Singapore
(instead of to Thailand directly) as all the 28 products have to be
consolidated into one shipment to be re-exported to Thailand to
facilitate Custom clearance by the end user - RAFT. Wilson Lau
clarified that when the controlled commodity arrives Singapore, Nera
will not take physical delivery as it will remain in the FTZ and
will be shipped directly from the FTZ. He said that his company uses
two freight forwarders to handle the shipments: CTI Logistics and
Hong Kong World Transit.

5. Nera Telecommunications Ltd (with more than 100 staff in
Singapore) is listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange. Their officers
were forthcoming with information and provided copies of quotation
and purchase order for the controlled commodity. Emboffs visited all
three floors of Nera's office in Singapore.

6. On the basis of the inspection and the interview conducted,
Emboffs are satisfied that Nera Telecommunications Ltd is a
legitimate business concern that appears to be a reliable recipient
of U.S. origin commodities.

(FCSN: Chia Swee Hoon)

HERBOLD

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