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Cisco and Ericsson Form Strategic Alliance With Signing of Worldwide OEM Agreement

MENLO PARK, Calif., March 22, 1993 -- Cisco Systems today
Mar 22, 1993

MENLO PARK, Calif., March 22, 1993 -- Cisco Systems today announced that it has entered into a worldwide marketingagreement with Ericsson, one of the world's leadingtelecommunications suppliers, wherein Ericsson will resellCisco's complete line of internetworking routers, including theCisco AGS+, IGS, 3000, 4000, and 7000, as well as other Ciscointernetworking products and software.

This agreement significantly expands the existingrelationship between the two companies by allowing Ericsson tosell Cisco products directly to end users in a number ofstrategic countries around the world. Previously, Ericsson wasreselling Cisco routers only in conjunction with sales ofEricsson's Telecommunications Management and OperationsSupport (TMOS) systems.

"Our customers can only benefit from this combination oftwo leading-edge data communications providers," said JohnMorgridge, president and CEO of Cisco Systems. "The addition ofEricsson as a new sales channel for Europe and other areas aswell, should simplify many customer decisions by offering themadditional integrated solutions for their networkingrequirements. We have entered the age of rapid deployment ofinternetworking technology, and agreements such as this one willbe critical to the successful installation of many of these newrouter-based networks.""To be able to provide multiprotocol routers for support ofLAN-interconnect in our networking solutions, we decided toestablish a partnership with a leading router supplier," saidLars Berg, president of Ericsson Business Networks AB. "Today,we are using Cisco routers in our corporate network and ourexperience has been very positive. Therefore, it was naturalfor us to choose Cisco, the leading supplier of multiprotocolrouters."

Ericsson is an international leader in telecommunications,recognized for its advanced systems and products for wired andmobile communications in public and private networks. Ericssonis also a leading supplier of electronic defense systems.Ericsson has 70,000 employees and activities in 100countries. Sales in 1992 were SEK 47 billion.

Cisco Systems, Inc., is the leading worldwide supplier ofhigh-performance, multimedia and multiprotocol internetworkingproducts, including routers, bridges, communication servers andnetwork management software. Cisco technology can be used tobuild enterprise-wide networks linking an unlimited number ofgeographically dispersed LANs, WANs, and IBM SNA networks. Inthe United States, Cisco is traded over-the-counter under theNASDAQ symbol CSCO.