Press release: Race Communications has received the status of a<br>Golden Partner of Cisco Systems.

November 15, 2002 Race Company Communications, a leading Russian system integrator, has received the status of a Gold Partner (Cisco Gold Certified Partner) from the world leader in the production of equipment for networks and communication systems - Cisco Systems. Race Communications became the first Cisco Systems partner to receive the highest degree of certification, bypassing the status of a Silver Partner Cisco.

The status of the Golden Partner of Cisco Systems confirms the highest qualification in the hierarchy of the manufacturer, based on the audit of business processes, technical support, professionalism of the team and equipment of the applicant's laboratory. Certification program built by the company Cisco Systems is one of the most complex and reputable in the industry, so the emergence of a new The Gold Partner always becomes a notable event in the European telecommunications market.

In preparation for obtaining the status of Gold Partner of Cisco Systems company Race Communications since October 2002 The company has put into operation an automated system for monitoring the solution of customer problems received by the technical support service. The service itself has become more efficient, multi-level and round-the-clock (24x7). The range of technical support services has expanded , warranty periods have increased, the time for solving problems and replacing equipment has been reduced. Significant investments were made in 2002 by Race Communications' own network laboratory, which is a testing base for testing new technologies.

The Cisco Networking Academy, opened on the basis of the Race Communications Training Center, has trained dozens of CCNA (Cisco Certified Network) certified specialists in 1999-2002 Associate), and since November 2002 began full-time and distance training of specialists and under the CCNP (Cisco Certified Network Professional) program.

"Confirmation of the honorary status of Cisco Gold Certified Partner has become a significant milestone for Race Communications, both in the implementation of telecommunications projects and in solving daily tasks. Today , the company continues to train specialists and receives new specializations, although formally the requirements for Gold have already been exceeded Partner Cisco Systems," said Leonid Lopatin, Managing Director of Race Communications.

"This year, Race Communications has proved to be one of the most dynamically developing system integrators in the Russian telecommunications market, which was clearly manifested in the company's unprecedented short path to the status of a Cisco Gold Partner," said Vladimir Smirnov, Deputy General Director of Cisco Systems in Russia and CIS countries, "We are sure that for numerous customers of the company Cisco Gold Partner Status Systems will serve as another indicator of the professionalism of Race Communications and the consistently high quality of services provided."

Race Communications Company ( CJSC Race-Communication) is a Russian system integrator. The company offers proven solutions from leading telecommunications equipment suppliers. Race carries out a full cycle of work: design, delivery, installation, as well as training of specialists and project support. Additional information about the company on www.race.ruCisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) is a global leader in networking technologies for the Internet.

Information about the company's solutions, technologies and activities can be found at or . Cisco equipment manufacturer in Europe is Cisco Systems International BV, a subsidiary of Cisco Systems, Inc.

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