News Release

Westel and Cisco Work Together to Offer End-to-End Networking Solutions

With a Cisco Powered Network, Westel Offers Customers Advanced Networking Services
Dec 03, 1997

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- December 3, 1997 -- Westel Telecommunications, a leading telecommunications service provider in British Columbia, and Cisco Systems, Inc., the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet, today announced that they are combining efforts to offer advanced, end-to-end networking solutions.

With a Cisco Powered Network, Westel offers customers reliable, secure and high-performance Internet services. The relationship highlights Westel's and Cisco's focus on using intelligent broadband IP networking to deliver enhanced connectivity and network-based applications to customers in British Columbia.

"As a result of our relationship with Cisco, we can now deliver a comprehensive array of data networking and Internet solutions with the superior level of performance, reliability and innovation that customers are seeking," said Wayne Sumarah, vice president of marketing at Westel.

Using a variety of Cisco Systems networking solutions, Westel will be able to offer customers a wide range of advanced services such as Frame Relay-to-Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) service networking, T1 ATM services, broadband ATM services and high-speed/scalable Internet access.

"The Cisco Powered Network program allows our company to align itself with the highest-quality telecommunications service providers," said Don Listwin, senior vice president of Cisco's Service Provider Line of Business. "Westel's close relationship with Cisco enables our companies to work together to enhance network interoperability and performance while simultaneously delivering new, advanced services."

In the Cisco Powered Network Program, Westel will provide services based predominantly on Cisco equipment and software. Westel's participation in the program - including use of the Cisco Powered Network logo to brand its services and marketing support materials - demonstrates Westel's ability to provide innovative services and industry-leading technology solutions.

About Westel

Westel Telecommunications Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of the BCR Group of Companies, is the only 100 percent B.C. owned and operated telecommunications company with its own network. Based in North Vancouver with connections around the world, Westel (formerly BC Rail Telecommunications) has provided voice, data and video solutions to British Columbians for more than 40 years.

Cisco Systems

Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) is theworldwide leader in networking for the Internet. at

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