History

Within just a few years, LANCOM Systems had become the largest German manufacturer of networking solutions for the commercial and public sectors. The factors of LANCOM's success are—apart from being "Made in Germany"—primarily the aspects of security, reliability, and sustainability.

Facts & figures

When the opportunity arose in 2002, Ralf Koenzen did not hesitate: Together with a colleague, he founded today's LANCOM Systems GmbH as a management buyout of the former ELSA AG. With a ten-person start-up crew, the young company from Würselen continued the products and brands of the "Communication Systems" department of the former ELSA AG. Since then, LANCOM Systems has been writing its very own success story.

 

The company is managed by the founding managing partner Ralf Koenzen and managing partner Stefan Herrlich. Today, more than 250 employees contribute to the company's success at its headquarters in Würselen near Aachen, in Munich, and at other locations across Europe. Sales by LANCOM Systems amounted to around EUR 43 million in 2014, a solid no. 2 position on the German market for network technology. More than 1.7 million LANCOM products are operating in the field, worldwide.

 

Marketing is exclusively indirect, with more than 6,000 distribution partners in Germany, Europe and increasingly around the world. These partners also make up the growing service network. Customers include small and medium-sized enterprises, government agencies, institutions, and major corporations from Germany, Europe and increasingly worldwide.

Timeline

Sustained Excellence Award

Deloitte Deutschland awarded the Sustained Excellence Award 2015 for sustainable growth to LANCOM Systems.

2015

Top product retail

EuroCIS: The LANCOM E-series is awarded Gold by BusinessHandel as "Top Retail Product".

2015

Entrepreneur of the Year

Ralf Koenzen is named Entrepreneur of the Year 2014. In the same year, the company achieved a new sales record with EUR 43 million.

2014

World innovation

LANCOM introduces the first WLAN access points featuring integrated Wireless ePaper Display and iBeacon technologies.

2014

CeBIT 2014

Repeat visit from German Chancellor Dr. Merkel to the LANCOM booth at CeBIT. She found out about the high-security product range from LANCOM,

2014

LANCOM CC routers

The BSI (German Federal Office for Information Security) certified LANCOM CC routers with CC EAL 4+, the highest possible certification for commercial router products.

2013

Management

LANCOM expands its management board. Stefan Herrlich assumes the responsibility for the Sales Department

2012

Anniversary

LANCOM Systems celebrates its 10-year anniversary

2012

1 million

1 million LANCOM products in the field.

2011

CeBIT

German Chancellor Merkel visits LANCOM for the first time at CeBIT: Her interest was awakened by the topic of broadband expansion with outdoor WLAN from LANCOM/p> 2010

Awart

The trade magazine Network-Computing presents an award to LANCOM for their exemplary update policy

2008

World innovation

First 802.11n outdoor access points and first business VPN routers with 3G/ADSL2+ and integrated anti-theft protection

2008

World innovation

First WLAN controllers (LANCOM WLC-4025 and WLC-4000)

2007

WLAN

LANCOM is the first European manufacturer with extended WLAN security (IEEE 802.11i, LEPS)

2004

108 Mbps

First European manufacturer of certified WLAN products with up to 108 Mbps

2003

World innovation

First simultaneous dual-band high-end WLAN access point with 54 Mbps for the standards IEEE 802.11 a,g,b

2003

World innovation

First access point with integrated VPN

2002

Launch

Inception of LANCOM Systems GmbH as a management buy-out from the ELSA AG

2002