News Release

SVIANED and Cisco Team to Offer End-To-End Networking Solutions

With Cisco Powered Network, SVIANED Offers Customers Reliable, Secure and High-Performance Internet Services
Nov 24, 1997

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - November 24, 1997 - SVIANED and Cisco Systems, Inc. todayannounced that they are teaming to offer advanced, end-to-end networking solutions.

With a Cisco Powered Network, SVIANED offers customers reliable, secure andhigh-performance Internet services. The relationship highlights SVIANED's and Cisco'sfocus on using intelligent broadband IP networking to deliver enhanced connectivity andnetwork-based applications to large corporations in the Netherlands.

SVIANED is a part of the GAK Group, which has been a Cisco customer since 1988.SVIANED's network has recently been upgraded with 60 new Cisco AS5200 Universal AccessServers, and now provides national coverage for fast and reliable Internet access formodem and ISDN connections.

"SVIANED prides itself on its ability to continually innovate its offerings andrespond to customer requirements fast, " said Jan Niewold, general manager atSVIANED. "We recognize the same attitude in Cisco, which is why we have chosen towork with them long term. Being part of the Cisco Powered Network program gives ourcustomers the reassurance that SVIANED's services leads the industry in reliability,performance and innovation."

"Cisco's high-performance, reliable networking solutions enable service providersto offer consistent services," said Peter Lomas, vice president, service providers,Cisco EMEA. "Together with SVIANED, we enable end customers to feel confident thattheir service provider will deliver a high level of network interoperability andperformance, as well as new, advanced and differentiated services."

The Cisco Powered Network designation acknowledges SVIANED's ability to provideinnovative services and increase customer confidence in the performance and reliability ofits services and the benefits of using Cisco equipment and software end-to-end.

About Svianed

SVIANED BV is an independent network service supplier in the Dutch market. SVIANEDoffers a broad range of both data and voice value added services, including services forInternet access. SVIANED is one of the leaders in this market segment. The services areoffered via a countrywide network. International services are offered via strategicpartners. SVIANED is a member of the GAK Groep.

Cisco Systems

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