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Cisco Wins Chinese Ethernet Deal

Cisco to provide metro Ethernet switching technology for key provincial network upgrade in Zhejiang province

January 13, 2003

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HANGZHOU, China -- Zhejiang Telecom, a subsidiary of China Telecom, announced today that it will deploy Cisco Systems Metro Ethernet Switching products throughout Zhejiang province in eastern China. The enhanced bandwidth and diversified services are anticipated to increase revenue as a result of the penetration of dial-up, broadband, and voice services available to businesses and consumers. The Cisco Catalyst® 6509, Catalyst 4006 and Catalyst 3550 switches have been selected to further expand the province-wide backbone network.A wholly owned subsidiary of China Telecom and a major carrier in Zhejiang province, Zhejiang Telecom reported revenue of USD 1.3 billion with a subscriber base of 11 million in 2001. Zhejiang Telecom views data service as a revenue generator and has been building up broadband IP networks across the province since June 2001. Cisco was previously contracted to provide networking solutions for the first stage of implementation, which included the major cities in Zhejiang's Telecom's service area.Added Mr. John Ng, Vice President of Cisco Systems China, "We enjoy a strong relationship with Zhejiang Telecom. The infrastructure and expertise that Cisco provides can allow them to expand broadband access and value-added services for their customers, and help them to achieve key business objectives such as reducing capital and operating expenses and increasing return on investment. Cisco products are widely deployed in carrier-grade networks worldwide and are proven in field operations. In the build-out of IP networks, our account team also offers high-level expertise to help decision makers balance practical demands and future development."The second stage of the broadband IP network expansion covers 10 major cities in Zhejiang province, including Hangzhou, Ningbo, Wenzhou, Jinhua, Shaoxing, Huzhou, Quzhou, Taizhou, Zhoushan and Lishui. Zhejiang Telecom will use the Cisco Catalyst 6509, Catalyst 4006, and Catalyst 3550 switches.Cisco Systems Inc.Zhejiang Telecom Corp.

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