News Release

GeoNet Qualifies for the Cisco Powered Network Program

Selection Recognizes Internet Backbone Provider's Emergence as a Leader in Commercial Access and Co-location Services on the West Coast.
Jan 07, 1998

REDWOOD CITY, California -- January 7, 1998 -- GeoNet Communications, Inc., a leading Internet service provider in California, today announced that it is working with Cisco Systems, Inc., the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet, to offer advanced, end-to-end networking solutions.

GeoNet operates a Cisco-powered national backbone network that supports Internet-centric enterprises in California and Nevada with high-speed Internet access, Web hosting and co-location services. Because of its focus on using intelligent broadband IP networking to deliver enhanced connectivity and network-based applications to customers, GeoNet has qualified for the Cisco Powered Network program. This program recognizes an elite group of service providers around the world that meet a stringent set of criteria established by Cisco Systems.

GeoNet's Strategy

GeoNet's network and staff is tuned to the unique needs of enterprises that require an Internet backbone with low latency and rapidly scaleable bandwidth, that is supported by a responsive and experienced engineering team. According to John Russo, President and CEO of GeoNet, "Cisco shares our vision that the IP network is the foundation for delivering intelligent business solutions, providing our customers with strategic competitive advantages. GeoNet's commitment to employing industry-leading Cisco equipment is an important part of our business strategy. Achieving Cisco Powered Network status provides additional validation of the superior performance, reliability and support that GeoNet customers receive. "

Cisco Powered Network Program

The Cisco Powered Network logo tells customers that GeoNet offers reliable, secure and high performance Internet services. The relationship highlights GeoNet's and Cisco's focus on using intelligent broadband IP networking to deliver enhanced connectivity and network-based applications to customers.

"Cisco's high-performance, reliable networking solutions enable service providers to offer consistent and creative services services," said Don Listwin, senior vice president of Cisco's Service Provider Line of Business. "Enterprise customers and Internet-centric businesses worldwide have selected quality networking and Internet solutions from Cisco. GeoNet's relationship with Cisco will enable customers to feel confident that their service provider will deliver a high level of network interoperability and performance, as well as new, advanced and differentiated services."

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

About GeoNet

Founded in 1994, GeoNet has emerged as a leading provider of dedicated Internet access services in Northern California and has recently expanded its service area to include Southern California and Southern Nevada. GeoNet's network touches the four major inter-exchange points in North America: MAE West, MAE East, the San Francisco NAP and the New York NAP in Pennsauken, New Jersey. GeoNet was recently recognized by a study published in Boardwatch magazine as one of the fastest, most reliable, and most affordable networks in North America.

GeoNet customers include the San Francisco Examiner, Preview Travel, Intuit, and The Mayfield Fund. GeoNet is also the official Internet access provider for major industry trade shows such as COMDEX, NAB and CES.

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