9 June, 2009

Alphawest and Optus Business Win Cisco Global Service Provider Partner of the Year at Cisco Partner Summit.

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SYDNEY, Australia, 9 June 2009 - Alphawest, a national provider of ICT (Information and Communications Technology) services, and its parent Optus, announced today that they are the recipients of a Cisco Partner Summit global award for Cisco Global Service Provider Partner of the Year. Cisco unveiled the winners June 3, 2009 at its annual channel partner conference in Boston.

The objective of the Global Awards is to recognise exemplary channel partners whose behaviour Cisco would like other partners to model. Nominations include: innovative practices, applications successes, unique programs, problem solving and sales approaches. All winners are selected by a group of Cisco Worldwide Channels and Theater executives.

"I have the honor and privilege of recognising Alphawest as a Cisco Partner Summit global award winner," said Keith Goodwin, senior vice president, Worldwide Channels at Cisco. “The Global Service Provider Partner of the Year recognises Alphawest’s performance and accomplishments as a Cisco channel partner in 2008.

“Alphawest is proud to have been recognised for its commitment to delivering converged unified solutions for its customers, in unison with Cisco Systems. We have benefited greatly from having a consistent national approach in offering solutions to our clients in conjunction with Optus and the strong strategic relationship we continue to enjoy with Cisco, said Rob Parcell, CEO, Alphawest.

“In addition to our solutions focus, our ongoing development of Managed Services solutions for our customers is enabling them to benefit from outsourcing one or more ICT functions to better monitor, manage and maintain their network, communications, applications and infrastructure, particularly around Cisco's technologies. Our consistent collaborative approach enables us to deliver resilient and scalable Managed Services to help meet our customers’ needs of today and those of the future.

Cisco Partner Summit awards are presented at three levels: regional, theater and global. Cisco Partner Summit global awards reflect a partner’s performance within a specific technology market across several geographic regions.

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Alphawest has established itself as a leading ICT Services partner and holds Cisco Advanced Unified Communications, Advanced Security, Advanced Wireless LAN, and Advanced Routing and Switching specialisations. Alphawest was also recently the first partner in the Asia Pacific region to achieve the Cisco Advanced Data Centre specialisation and is one of the first Australian Cisco partners to be invited to participate in Cisco’s Data Centre Unified Computing Authorised Technology Provider status. Additionally, as the sole Australian member of the Cisco Contact Centre Business Unit Board of Advisors, Alphawest has a unique advantage in the Australian ICT market place.

With over 20 years of experience in designing, deploying, supporting and managing IP networks and telephony infrastructure, security and storage solutions, Alphawest, in conjunction with its parent company Optus, has helped customers understand and simplify their network and business communications. This has assisted them to become more productive and efficient through the power of Unified Communications and Collaboration.