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Cisco Systems to Supply Network Infrastructure for Singapore 2006


“Lead Partner for Network Infrastructure” - Cisco to provide technology solutions worth S$2 million.

SINGAPORE, April 19, 2006 - Cisco Systems® announced today details of its support for Singapore 2006, a series of meetings and seminars where the highlight is the Annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the IMF and World Bank Group. As the “Lead Partner for Network Infrastructure”, Cisco® will be providing about S$2 million worth of Network Infrastructure that will offer delegates of Singapore 2006 highly secure wired and wireless networking access. This partnership was facilitated by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), as a sub-committee of Singapore 2006 that oversees the areas of communications and infrastructure.
Mr Goh Chye Boon, co-chairman of the Singapore 2006 organising committee, said, “We are delighted to have Cisco Systems on board as a lead partner. Their support and involvement will be instrumental in Singapore’s growth as a dynamic global infocomm hub.”

“Cisco Systems is excited with this opportunity to be the ’Lead Partner for Network Infrastructure for Singapore 2006’. This partnership reinforces Cisco’s commitment to be a stakeholder in Singapore’s vision to be a ’global city with a world of opportunities’. Singapore 2006 will be an excellent platform to showcase the full potential of an Internet Protocol (IP) network built on the principles of Cisco’s Intelligent Information Network vision, which enables the integration of data, voice and video,” said Mr Craig Gledhill, managing director of Singapore and Brunei, Cisco Systems.

The infrastructure that Cisco will help to build for the expected attendance of 16,000 delegates will be of a similar scale to that of a small city. In the main conference area alone, the network will comprise close to 4,000 wired points, over 40 wireless access points, and the latest security technologies. The entire project is estimated to take 1.5 man-months to complete.

The conference venue will also boast 50 IP communications kiosks showcasing customised XML applications being developed by Cisco partners, NexLabs and Nanyang Polytechnic. The applications will be both general and conference-specific including real- time financial updates, weather alerts, flight schedules, and programme updates.

About Singapore 2006: Global City. World of Opportunities.

Singapore will host the Annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group in September 2006. The Annual Meetings will be the largest international financial sector conference ever hosted by Singapore.

Along with the Annual Meetings, approximately over 200 meetings and seminars will also take place from September 13 to 20, 2006. These include the G-7 Finance Ministers’ Meeting, the Programme of Seminars, the Per Jacobsson Lecture and the Group of Thirty International Banking Seminar. The Annual Meetings, together with the series of prominent international forums, meetings, seminars, events and the inaugural Singapore Biennale 2006 (a 2-month visual arts extravaganza from September 4 to November 12, 2006), are collectively known as Singapore 2006.

Singapore 2006 is a showcase of Singapore’s collective capabilities and an expression of our aspirations for the future - a global city with a world of opportunities. The series of events will highlight Singapore as a cosmopolitan society, and a dynamic, well-connected and entrepreneurial economy with tremendous opportunities in the financial, business, technology, social as well as arts and culture arenas.

Singapore 2006 is expected to attract more than 16,000 participants, including delegates from 184 countries such as heads of government, finance ministers and central bank governors, top financiers, international media, business leaders and other visitors.

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