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Virgin Media Partners with NETGEAR® to Offer Home Wireless Products for Vast UK Residential Broadband Customer Base


NETGEAR Becomes Sole Home Networking Supplier for Virgin Media’s Millions of Broadband Customers

– NETGEAR®, Inc. (NASDAQGM: NTGR), a worldwide provider of technologically advanced, branded networking solutions, today announced that Virgin Media (NASDAQ: VMED), the largest residential broadband provider in the UK with 3.7 million customers, is offering NETGEAR’s innovative products to its broadband customers across the UK. Selected as the sole networking hardware provider, NETGEAR’s customized Wireless-G Routers and Adapters will be available for subscribers of Virgin Media’s “M”, “L”, and “XL” fiber-optic broadband packages.

“NETGEAR’s relationships with service providers around the world have been very strong, and we’re absolutely delighted Virgin Media has hand-selected our products for their impressive number of customers,” said Patrick Lo, NETGEAR’s chairman and chief executive officer. “Our goal has always been to develop networking products of the highest quality and make them available for everyday users – those whose lifestyles include the Internet as much or more than TV. As Virgin Media is the largest provider of residential broadband in the UK, this is a real milestone as we’re expanding the NETGEAR brand around the world at a swift pace.”

Packaged as Virgin Media Wireless Routers, NETGEAR’s Wireless-G Router (WGR614) is available for free to new subscribers of “L” and “XL” fiber-optic broadband packages, or for a one-off £40 fee for new subscribers of the “M” package. NETGEAR’s Wireless-G Router with Built-in ADSL2+ Modem (DG834G) is also available for free for new customers on Virgin Media’s non-cable broadband service through a telephone line. Customers will also be able to purchase respective wireless cards, the NETGEAR Wireless-G PC Card (WG511) and Wireless-G USB 2.0 Adapter (WG111), for £20.

“Virgin Media’s fiber-optic cable network provides super-fast broadband to millions of homes in the UK,” stated Howard Watson, chief technology officer at Virgin Media. “As an industry leader, it is important we continue to develop our services to offer our customers the most comprehensive broadband package available. NETGEAR was an obvious partner to provide a wireless package to exceed customer expectations, as they offer a simple wireless solution that is easy to set up and manage, fully secure to ever-present threats posed by hackers, and industry-leading when it comes to performance and reliability.”

NETGEAR’s Wireless-G Router provides consumers with a simple and secure way to add a wireless connection to their high-speed networks, as well as share a cable/DSL connection with other PCs. The Wireless-G Router features double-firewall protection (NAT & SPI), WEP, and WPA-PSK wireless security to help shield the network from hacker intrusions, and includes NETGEAR’s Smart Wizard installation software to ensure a user-friendly setup process. NETGEAR’s Wireless-G Router with Built-in ADSL2+ Modem offers all of the rich features of the Wireless-G Router, and supplants dated modem equipment previously provided. This unique two-in-one product provides customers with an uncluttered, easy to use solution for an optimum home networking experience.


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