Avici Opens in China

N. BILLERICA, Mass. -- Avici Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: AVCI - news), a leading provider of scalable core routing solutions for intelligent IP-over-optical networks, today announced the opening of offices in Beijing and Hong Kong, to better target one of the largest telecom markets in the world. Avici's new offices, its first in the Asia-Pacific region, will enhance its ability to support local customers and partners.

According to telecommunications analyst firm RHK, the Asian market is expected to account for 48 percent of worldwide Internet usage by 2003, with China alone adding two million users per month. ``The exponential growth of Internet use in Asia validates the need and demand for new IP infrastructure. In order to compete in the worldwide IP router market, Avici Systems is establishing a strong sales, service and support presence in Asia," said Steve Kaufman, president and COO of Avici Systems. ``Regional customers and partners will benefit from our direct presence in this market."

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