News Release

Phonoscope Communications and Cisco Expand Services for Users of Houston's Largest Metropolitan Area Network (MAN)

Phonoscope's MAN now a Cisco Powered Network for Faster Delivery of High Speed Communications
Feb 09, 2000

(HOUSTON, TX) - Phonoscope Communications, Ltd. (PCL) announced today that they and Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO), the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet, are working together to launch Houston's only pure fiber optic city-wide Ethernet and SONET transport system, available exclusively to users of Phonoscope's Metropolitan Area Network (MAN), Houston's oldest and largest privately owned/operated fiber network. Phonoscope's MAN has recently been certified as a Cisco Powered Network providing users with high-performance network services at vastly accelerated speeds while remaining totally secure and reliable.

This is good news for the estimated 75,000 businesses situated on or near the Phonoscope MAN, which is primarily located in the city's downtown, Greenway, Westchase, Texas Medical Center, I-10 west Energy Corridor, Greenspoint and Uptown areas.

"We are the only company in Houston able to offer gigabit Ethernet capabilities over a fiber optic MAN, meaning that Phonoscope customers will be able to send and receive tremendous amounts of data- including terabyte size files- over our network without having to worry about not having enough bandwidth," clarifies PCL sales and marketing director RALPH NICHOLSON. "With Gig-E available to our customers via Cisco network switches, the communications waiting game is finally over."

"Cisco shares the vision that our city wide IP network is the ultimate foundation for delivering intelligent business solutions that will give our customers a strategic competitive advantage in their businesses," says PCL general manager DR. CHARLES MIRACLE. "By working with a market leader like Cisco, we're able to quickly bring advanced customer-centric and secure networking solutions to users of our MAN. Our relationship will also provide our customers with unparalleled technical support. Undeniably, Cisco offers the technology of choice for the majority of our customers, and we look at the CPN program as a logical extension of that concept."

"PCL is a great addition as a Cisco Powered Network member because their customers now have access to a high level of network interoperability and performance along with advanced New World services," said LARRY LANG, vice president of service provider marketing for Cisco. "PCL's new services, based on its fiber optic MAN, will provide users increased bandwidth at higher speeds built on the security and reliability of the Cisco network infrastructure."

Phonoscope's participation in the CPN program enhances its ability to provide industry-leading technology solutions and services that are based predominantly on Cisco solutions, in addition to joint marketing programs, technology sharing and selling activities with Cisco. The companies strive to create a New World communications infrastructure that supports high-value integrated communications services for Houston businesses. New World networks such as this will enable both individuals and business communities to access leading-edge technologies and services.

Phonoscope Communications, Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Phonoscope, Ltd., a 47 year old Houston business with the city's largest privately owned and operated fiber optic network. Their fiber optic MAN (Metropolitan Area Network) is Houston's oldest and largest. Established in 1953, Phonoscope became Houston's first cable television company and today supplies customers on its network with high speed Ethernet connectivity, dark fiber leasing, world wide data/voice/video conferencing, commercial and residential CATV, satellite up/down links, and other custom network services.