Cisco Names Italtel as its \'Unified Communication Partner of the Year\' for Italy

The award is an important recognition of Italtel's exceptional expertise and capabilities for development, integration and sales of Unified Communication solutions. It was presented in Milan at the annual Channel Partner Award.

Milan, May 7, 2008 - Italtel, one of the leading companies in the development and integration of products and services for new generation IP networks, has received an award from Cisco in the 'Unified Communication Partner of the Year' category at the 2008 Channel Partner Awards held at the gala evening for the American company's partners that achieved the best results in sales of Cisco solutions in 2007.


Italtel, a leading company in Europe and one of the best in the world in voice, data and image convergence on networks and IP, offers Unified Communication solutions that are secure and reliable, with guaranteed continuity of service and access to innovative applications and services that enable more efficient processes and which take full advantage of existing infrastructure assets.

The Business Voice solution, developed by Italtel and already in use at Telecom Italia, is the result of the integration of Cisco products with Italtel's own Softswitch i -SSW platform and it provides Service Providers and Large Enterprises with unified messaging and collaboration services (video, document sharing, mobility, presence, preference and telepresence), integrating software applications for a more effective management of business processes. This solution, which enables operators to manage the Unified Communication services for the enterprises, has met with considerable success from service providers and telecom operators both in Italy and abroad.

"This new recognition in the category of communications over IP comes on the heels of the award we received last year for "Services and IP Communications Partner" for Italy and South America" commented Guido Candiani, Cisco Alliance manager at Italtel, "and it's the end result of the ongoing strong technological and market synergies that Italtel has built up with Cisco, to enable carriers and service providers to develop advanced services on new generation networks."

"The prestigious award assigned to Italtel further strengthens the strategic partnership between the two companies," said Paolo Delgrosso, Cisco Italy Sales Channel Director. "Thanks to the integration of Italtel's solutions with the main Italian service provider's networks, our joint offer allows to set on the market Unified Communication solutions that are adopted by large, medium and small enterprises."


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The Italtel Group
The Italtel Group designs, develops and implements next generation multiservice integrated network systems, using state -of -the -art products and a system integration capacity that guarantees reliable infrastructures, open to networking and flexible in terms of technology development. These solutions are intended for telecommunications operators (fixed and mobile), Internet Service Providers, large enterprises and the public sector. Italtel's turnover in FY 2007 was 543.4 million euro, and the company currently has around 2,300 staff. The body of shareholders of Italtel Group S.p.A., parent company of Italtel S.p.A., is composed as follows: Clayton Dubilier & Rice (48.77%), Telecom Italia Group (19.37%), Cisco Systems Group (18.40%), Advent International (8.65%), Brera Capital Partners (2.16%), Cordusio Fiduciaria - which holds in trust the shares of employees, managers and directors of the Group as well as the Company's own shares - (2.65%). Web site: www.italtel.com




For further information:

Italtel Communications

Laura Borlenghi
Tel.: +39 02 4388 5275
Mobile: +39 335 769 4240
E -mail: laura.borlenghi@Italtel.it




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