Lighting up long-distance networks, Hitachi Communication Technologies America (HCTA) was formed in the 2009 merger of Hitachi Telecom (USA) and Salira Systems. The company, a subsidiary of Hitachi America, makes telecommunications equipment sold in North America. HCTA offers the AMN and Salira lines of fiber-optic transport systems used to enable data transmission and manage bandwidth on optical networks. Its equipment is used by cable multiple-system operators (MSOs), municipalities, telecom carriers, and utilities. The company is developing fourth-generation (4G) wireless networking equipment using the Long Term Evolution (LTE) industry standard.