[April 06, 2005]

Cisco Announces 2004 Global and Top Theater Channel Partner Award Winners

VANCOUVER, British Columbia --(Business Wire)-- April 6, 2005 -- Nine Channel Partners Honored for Being the Best Cisco Channel Partners Worldwide, While Six Others Were Recognized for Being the Top in Theater Performers

In an effort to highlight its top global and theater channel partners, Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) today unveiled its 2004 annual Partner Summit Global Channel Partner award winners.

The nine global honorees were selected from a list of more than 2,500 Cisco Certified Channel Partners worldwide for their outstanding performance in 2004 and the six theater winners were selected for being the best in their given theater. Cisco recognized the top global channel partners in the following categories: IP Communications, Security, Mobility, Service Provider Managed Services, Innovation, Enterprise, SMB, Learning Solutions and Global Partner of the Year.


"We have the best channel partners in the industry and many of them are growing at a rapid pace," said Paul Mountford, senior vice president, Worldwide Channels at Cisco Systems. "We want to recognize and reward our top performers. Last night at our third-annual Cisco Global Channel Awards banquet, I had the honor and the privilege of recognizing our top global performers for 2004."

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.

The 2004 Cisco Global Channel Partners of the Year Award Winners are: -0- *T Global Award: Global Winner: ------------- -------------- Global Dimension Data Innovation TELUS (Canada) IP Communications Berbee (United States) Mobility FUJITSU LTD. (Japan) Security Network Guys (United States) Enterprise IBM Australia (Asia Pacific) Service Provider Managed British Telecommunications Services (Europe, Middle East and Africa) SMB Telsinc Informatica (Latin America) Learning Solutions NIL Data Communications (United States) Theater Award: Theater Winner: -------------- --------------- Asia Pacific IBM China Company Ltd. Canada Partner TELUS Europe, Middle East, Africa Dimension Data Japan Net One System Co. Ltd. Latin America Getronics U.S. Partner Network Information Systems (NIS) *T

For more features, news, videos, and photos relating to the Cisco 2005 Partner Summit visit http://newsroom.cisco.com/partnersummit/.

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