News Release

SingTel Launches Security Solutions Suite in Asia with New Cisco Integrated Services Routers

SINGAPORE - May 31, 2005 - Singapore Telecommunications
May 31, 2005

SINGAPORE - May 31, 2005 - Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SingTel), Asia's leading communications group, is launching a security solutions suite in Asia with the latest integrated services routers from Cisco Systems®, aimed at small and medium-sized business (SMB), enterprise small office and teleworkers. The offering will provide better manageability of quality and risk reduction arising from network complexity. With the offering, customers are able to achieve integrated communications network convergence comprising of voice, data and video.

At the heart of SingTel's security solutions suite are the latest Cisco® integrated services routers. The routers are the first in the industry to offer security, voice and wireless functionality together with connectivity in one box. The security solutions suite is part of SingTel's strategy to provide its enterprise customers with highly reliable and seamless connectivity solutions throughout Asia. With over 35 offices across 17 countries, SingTel has extensive and comprehensive infrastructure and capabilities. Coupled with its critical in-country support and strong partnership alliances across the regions, the company is able to provide its global customers with one-stop shop managed network connectivity solutions across Asia and beyond.

"By harnessing both companies' best-of-breed solutions, SMBs can have a larger selection of voice, data and security solutions and products, while preserving service quality and security across multiple networks," said Thomas Yeo, Vice President of Marketing, Corporate Business Group, SingTel. "This is aligned with our commitment to provide customers with an integrated communications network across Asia and beyond that offers maximum flexibility and reliability."

"SingTel's extensive experience, together with our close collaboration with leading technology providers such as Cisco, is an excellent combination for our customers. We have selected Cisco integrated services routers as they present tremendous value for small but growing networking environments. The routers support a variety of services that is versatile enough to allow our customers to scale their networking requirements to match their business growth," he added.

"No one disputes the importance of networks for businesses today. The integrated services routers extend enterprise-class functionality to SMBs and branch offices. Cisco is extremely pleased to be able to work with SingTel to bring the value of the new routers to our customers throughout the region," said Mr Craig Gledhill, managing director, Singapore, Cisco Systems.

The security solutions suite offering, which will initially be launched in Hong Kong and Taiwan, are designed to enable smart networks to assign the proper levels of protection according to the type of services being used and in what context, thereafter passing this information on as traffic crosses network boundaries.

Security features are a key feature of the Cisco integrated services routers, which offer the industry's most comprehensive portfolio of embedded network-security services. Cisco integrated service routers are able to deliver adaptive threat defense with advances in application security, anti-x protection, and network containment and control.

The fixed-configuration Cisco 1800 and Cisco 800 integrated services routers ship with embedded virtual private network (VPN) encryption and acceleration hardware supporting IPSec AES and 3DES encryption. Cisco IOS® security is designed to protect the complete Cisco router portfolio for pervasive security throughout the network, including stateful firewall, inline intrusion prevention, Network Admission Control (NAC) and URL filtering and support for MPLS based VPNs or VPNs utilizing IPSec AES and 3DES high-speed encryption. Cisco Security Device Manager (SDM) version 2.1 provides customers an easy-to-use, web-based interface for secure set up and management of router features including wide-area networking (WAN), local-area networking (LAN), security and wireless local area networking (WLAN).

About SingTel

SingTel is Asia's leading communications group with operations and investments around the world. It has a network of 34 offices in 16 countries and territories throughout Asia Pacific, Europe and the United States to serve the needs of MNCs. SingTel employs more than 19,000 people worldwide and had a turnover of S$12.0 billion (US$7.17 billion) and net profit after tax of S$4.49 billion (US$2.68 billion) for the year ended 31 March 2004. More information can be found at