News Release

access:Seven Selects Cisco Solution to Extend VPN Services to the Last Mile

German-based Service Provider Broadens MPLS VPN Service to Reach New Markets
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May 21, 2001

SAN JOSE, Calif., May 21, 2001 — Cisco Systems today announced access:Seven, a German-based broadband service provider, will deploy its new Remote Access to MPLS VPN solution for small and medium businesses, as well as corporate customers - extending its existing MPLS VPN services to the last mile. Using the new Cisco solution, access:Seven will expand its existing VPN services to remote users over a variety of last mile services including dial and DSL.

access:Seven is now providing Access VPN service to customers requiring immediate connectivity to the corporate VPN network, but cannot wait for the installation of a dedicated line or to customers in remote regions . Using Cisco dial-up infrastructure, access:Seven will offer this new service to all existing customers, while also targeting new markets including small and medium businesses, telecommuters and small office/home office workers (SOHO). In addition, access:Seven will offer bundled Internet, voice and hosting services to customers--offering a single network solution for small and medium businesses.

"The Cisco Remote Access to MPLS VPN solution allows us to leverage our existing infrastructure into new market opportunities," said Ralf Koehler, managing director and CEO at access:Seven. "With this new offering, our customers can use existing dial-up connections to immediately access their corporate networks from a variety of locations such as home or remote office locations-providing them with the flexibility and security of anytime, anywhere access."

Using the Cisco Remote Access to MPLS VPN solution, access:Seven will also deploy an On Demand Access VPN service for those customers not requiring an "always on" connection. Ideal for cost-conscious businesses, this On Demand service offers tremendous savings as compared to paying for a dedicated Internet connection. In addition, access:Seven's profi:VPN service is the first in its kind to provide immediate access VPN capabilities using the Cisco Virtual Home Gateway Solution.

"access:Seven is a great example of how using Cisco's remote access integration to MPLS VPNs benefits both the service provider and its customers," said Susan Scheer, director of marketing for Cisco's service provider line of business. "For example, our new VPN Solution allows access:Seven to extend and differentiate their existing VPN offerings with proven quality of service and management capabilities. For enterprises, the VPN solutions from access:Seven provide remote users with several options for easy access to the corporate network."

Availability

access:Seven's new VPN services will be available across Germany this month.

About access:Seven

As a solution provider, access:Seven Communications GmbH offers medium-sized and large companies high-end broadband communication services. access:Seven's product portfolio includes integrated data, Internet, voice and application services. Using its MPLS-based networks, access:Seven has been expanding its market position as the technological leader in this sector. access:Seven was formed in February, 2000 with its head office in Frankfurt am Main. For further information visit our Web site at www.access-7.de