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Cisco Announces 2005 Global and Top Theater Channel Partner Award Winners

Eight Channel Partners Honored for Being the Best Cisco Channel Partners Worldwide, While Five Others Were Recognized for Being the Top in Theater Performers
Mar 16, 2006

CISCO PARTNER SUMMIT 2006, SAN DIEGO, Calif., March 16 - In an effort to highlight its top global and theater channel partners, Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO), today unveiled its 2005 annual Partner Summit Global Channel Partner award winners.

The eight global honorees were selected from a list of more than 2,800 Cisco Certified Channel Partners worldwide for their outstanding performance in 2005 and the five theater winners were selected for being the best in their given region.

The 2005 Cisco Global Channel Partners of the Year Award Winners are:

Award Category: Global Winner:
Innovation EITC (Emerging Markets)
IP Communications Dimension Data (European Markets)
Mobility NEC Corp. (Japan)
Security Troubador (US/Canada)
Enterprise Softnet Logical (Emerging Markets)
Service Provider Verizon Business/MCI (US/Canada)
Commercial Wafer Systems (APAC)
Learning Solutions Global Knowledge (US/Canada)
Asia Pacific Datacraft
Emerging Markets Dimension Data
European Markets British Telecom
Japan Net One System Co. Ltd.
US/Canada Calence

"As our customer's needs evolve, the market transitions and the network becomes the platform for communications; there has never been a better time to be a Cisco partner," said Keith Goodwin, senior vice president, Worldwide Channels at Cisco Systems. "In my first six months on the job one thing has become very clear; we have world class channel partners. At our annual Cisco Partner Summit I had the honor and the privilege of recognizing our top global performers for 2005."

The Cisco Global Awards are conferred to partners who meet a specific set of requirements, which are designed to identify the best channel partner in each category. Cisco has also built a formalized nomination and selection process that begins with each sales theater identifying and nominating a channel partner for each category. These nominations are reviewed and a collective group that includes Cisco worldwide channels and theater channel executives makes final selections. All of the global and theater Partner of the Year awards are in compliance with the requirements of the Cisco Channel Partner Program and customer satisfaction as its foundational criterion.

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