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D-Link and SkyNetGlobal Form Strategic Alliance

  • 31 May, 2004 11:48

<p>D-LINK AND SKYNETGLOBAL FORM STRATEGIC ALLIANCE</p>
<p>• SkyNetGlobal /W Home and D-Link Australia declare alliance
• SkyNetGlobal /W Home bundle D-Link products with its solutions
• SkyNetGlobal and W Home will use D-Link as their first hardware supplier of choice
• D-Link recommends SkyNetGlobal as their WiFi partner in the region
• D Link recommends W Home as their apartment and SME office suite ISP partner in the region</p>
<p>Sydney May 31 , 2004 — D-Link, a global leader in the design, development, and manufacturing of networking, broadband, wireless, and communications technologies for the SOHO, SMB and enterprise markets, and SkyNetGlobal Limited, (ASX: SKG), a leading provider of wireless broadband solutions, today announced the formation of a strategic alliance.</p>
<p>SkyNetGlobal and its subsidiary W Home Pty Ltd will bundle D-Link Wireless and Broadband products as part of their continuing deployment of Wireless solutions, broadband access and home automation into Multiple Dwelling Units (MDU’s). Our definition of an MDU is any building, residential or business with over 60 units.</p>
<p>W Home or home automation is not only gaining momentum worldwide but is also gaining public interest in Australia. Electrical appliances and devices, including communication devices are connected and controlled via wireless and powerline. Consumers can control these devices by a universal remote control, or by voice control, or by mobile phone, or SMS, or via a PC/PDA with internet access if they have a PC with a broadband connection, which is connected to the devices using our software. The home PC can be the centre of the entire system, managing scheduled events etc. High rise tenants can use W Home to get broadband connections.</p>
<p>SkyNetGlobal CEO Jonathan Soon said:" The formation of a strategic alliance with D Link, which is one of the 2 largest networking equipment suppliers in the world, will significantly boost the penetration of our products given D Link's reputation and market leadership in the Australian market place. Both companies will benefit greatly from cross selling opportunities and other areas of mutual interest.</p>
<p>Typical customers are early technology adopters who are looking at future proofing their environment. Currently there are 20 live W Home MDU sites in Australia, with 30 additional sites ready for deployment and over 200 sites ready for signup through access arrangements. It is estimated that well over 20,000 broadband customers will be using this technology, by the 30th June 2005.</p>
<p>“Given the strong market penetration of both our Wireless and Broadband products, D-Link will also greatly further benefit from this alliance”, says Domenic Torre, D-Link’s General Manager Australia &amp; New Zealand.</p>
<p>"We are pleased to forge an alliance with a well respected and experienced provider of wireless broadband solutions like SkyNetGlobal. SkyNetGlobal’s expertise along with their established base further supports D-Link's leadership presence in the digital home and wireless hotspot markets," added Torre.</p>
<p>About D-Link
True Networking Pioneer and Hardware Manufacturer Since 1986
D-Link is a worldwide leader and award-winning designer, developer, and true manufacturer of networking, broadband, Wireless, digital electronics, and voice and data communications solutions for the digital home, Small Office/Home Office (SOHO), Small to Medium Business (SMB), and Workgroup to Enterprise environments. With global manufacturing International Standards Organization ISO 9001, 9002, ISO 14001 Certifications and numerous National Technical Excellence awards earned for R&amp;D and manufacturing, D-Link delivers product excellence, quality, reliability, compatibility, high-performance within standards, and easy installation software, educational materials, and manuals.
The company has increased its world-class production capacity to more than a million square feet of manufacturing facilities in six state-of-the-art factories in four countries -- Taiwan, China, India, and the United States. With millions of Ethernet adapters and millions of hub and switch ports manufactured and shipped, D-Link is a dominant market participant and price/performance leader in the network and communications market. D-Link has been profitable every year since its inception in 1986, and continues to grow at a rate that will allow the Company to experience continued prosperity. D-Link sets the standards for market affordability, while focusing on “Building Networks for People.”</p>
<p>D-Link Australia, headquarters is located at 1 Giffnock Avenue, North Ryde, NSW 2113;
(ph) +61 2 8899 1800, (fax) +61 2 8899 1868; Members of the media can contact Maurice Famularo, Marketing Director Australia &amp; New Zealand by phone at +61 2 8899 1861 (direct line) or e-mail at maurice@dlink.com.au</p>
<p>D-Link products are distributed in Australia by: BBF Computers and Peripherals, LAN 1, Pacific Datacom, Page Data, Synnex Australia, Tech Pacific Australia and BJE Enterprises.</p>
<p>D-Link products are distributed in New Zealand by: Dove Electronics NZ, LAN 1 Distribution NZ, and Tech Pacific NZ.</p>
<p>*D-Link is a registered trademark of D-Link Corporation. All other company names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective owners. Copyright © 2003 D-Link, All Rights Reserved.</p>
<p>ABOUT SKYNETGLOBAL
Listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX: SKG) and headquartered in Sydney, SkyNetGlobal is a leading innovator of wireless broadband solutions specialising in 802.11 wireless (WiFi) &amp; Home Plug powerline technologies. SkyNetGlobal’s solutions include a global remote access service called “Connector” providing internet connectivity to over 10,000 wireless hotspots worldwide, and W Home, a smart home system designed to deliver efficiency, convenience and cost savings for apartment dwellers, offering broadband and home automation products. For more information please visit our website at www.skynetglobal.com</p>
<p>Media enquiries at SkyNetGlobal:
Jean Morel, Group General Manager Marketing and Alliances – 02 8251-3883</p>
<p>END……….</p>

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