News Release

Look Communications and Cisco Team to Offer Advanced End-to-end Communication Solutions

With a Cisco-Powered Network, Look Communications offers customers reliable, secure and high-performance wireless Internet services
Jan 20, 2000

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TORONTO, ON - January 20, 2000 - Look Communications Inc. (CDNX: LKC) and Cisco Systems Canada Co. (NASDAQ: CSCO) today announced Look Communications is now a member of the Cisco-Powered Network Program. Look is one of a select few Internet Service Providers in Canada to participate in this elite program.

This relationship highlights the companies' focus on leveraging intelligent wireless solutions to deliver the industry's leading network-based applications to Canadians. Under the program, the two companies are collaborating to offer reliable, secure and high-performance data transmission services including TV broadcasting access, Internet access and Web-related services.

"Cisco shares our vision of IP networks as the foundation for delivering superior Internet solutions, providing our customers with the highest levels of dependability and quality," said David Parkes, President and CEO of Look Communications Inc. "By working with the recognized worldwide leader in networking, we can assure our customers the Internet services we offer lead the industry in reliability, performance and innovation."

Look Communications utilizes Cisco equipment and software, such as new core routers, switches and dial access equipment, to provide high-speed Internet service to customers.

Yves Laliberté, Director, Service Provider Operations, Cisco Systems Canada Co., says, "Currently, more than 80 per cent of Internet backbone traffic world-wide runs over Cisco equipment, which enables service providers to offer consistent services. Look Communications' relationship with Cisco will enable Look's customers to feel confident 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, Look Communications will market services, based predominantly on Cisco equipment and software. Look's participation in the program - including use of the Cisco-Powered Network logo to brand its services and marketing support materials - is designed to demonstrate its ability to provide innovative services, increase customer confidence and heighten Look's brand recognition.

About Look Communications Inc.

Look Communications Inc. (CDNX:LKC) is a leading wireless broadband carrier, delivering a full spectrum of communications services including digital television distribution, Internet access and Web-related services. Through its advanced MDS technology (Multipoint Distribution System), Look provides superior, digital entertainment services to homes across Quebec and Ontario. Look's Internet service, Internet Direct, established as one of Canada's largest Internet service providers, offers both high-speed and dial-up Internet access, and other Web-based applications.

Look Communications is a Canadian company whose principal shareholders are Telesystem Ltd., Teleglobe Inc., CTV Inc., Covington Wireless Communications (Ontario) Ltd. and GTC Transcontinental Group Ltd. Additional information on the company and its products can be found at

About Cisco Systems Canada Co.

Cisco Systems - with $12 billion (US) in revenues and over 19,000 employees - is the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet. Established in 1990, Cisco Systems Canada employs over 460 Canadians and is headquartered in Toronto, with field sales and service offices across the country. In addition, Cisco also has a state-of-the-art development centre in Kanata, ON - focusing on the development of optical internetworking solutions to build the next generation of the Internet backbone.

The Internet is changing the way people work, live, learn and play - and Cisco Systems Canada is a primary agent of this change and a compelling example of the power of this revolution. By widely deploying business solutions based on the Internet, Cisco Systems saves over $500 million (US) per year in operating costs, has grown revenues by 100% in two years and has increased customer satisfaction at the same time. Cisco produces networking solutions for enterprise organizations, service providers and small/emerging businesses.

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