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Technology Awards 2005

SINGAPORE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 15, 2005--Global growth consulting company, Frost & Sullivan, today hosted the annual Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific Technology Awards. Held for the second time this year, the Awards seek to recognize and honor outstanding performance by companies and individuals in the Information & Communications Technology (ICT) industry across the region for base year 2004.


"2004 was a challenging year with competition stiffer than ever, coupled with emerging disruptive technologies. ICT companies across Asia Pacific have had to innovate and reinvent to rise to the challenge and increase their value proposition to stay on top of the game," said Manoj Menon, partner at Frost & Sullivan.

Twenty-three of the most coveted titles in technology were conferred at the Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific Technology Awards 2005, officiated by Singapore Senior Minister of State for Information, Communications and the Arts, and Health, Dr. Balaji Sadasivan.

The award recipients were selected by an independent panel of judges comprising some of Asia Pacific's most influential decision makers from the telecommunications vendor and service provider segments, as well as the media. The line-up of judges includes representatives from MBT, Huawei Technologies, Asia Netcom, Alcatel, NasionCom, Equant, SingTel, Cisco, StarHub, Juniper Networks and CSG Systems.

A total of over 65 leading ICT companies in Asia Pacific were short listed and benchmarked in determining the deserving recipient for each of the prestigious awards. Frost & Sullivan's team of research analysts and consultants based in a network of offices across Asia Pacific conducted the benchmarking study.

The key measurement criteria employed in the benchmarking study and judging process were based on actual market performance indicators for financial year 2004. These include revenue growth, market share and growth in market share, leadership in product innovation, breadth of products and solutions, major customer acquisitions, and business and market strategy.

Menon said, "The recipients of the Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific Technology Awards 2005 indeed represent the best in their class. Each of these outstanding recipients has demonstrated significant growth and leadership in their respective market segments.

"A common factor across all the award recipients is that they have significantly contributed to growing the industry either by bringing in strong new value propositions to the market or by developing new market segments," he added.

From one class act to another! -- Frost & Sullivan congratulates all the outstanding recipients of the Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific Technology Awards 2005.

Category Award Recipient
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Service Providers (SP)

Broadband SP PCCW
Competitive SP OPTUS
Data Communications SP ASIA NETCOM
Mobile Content SP CYBIRD
NGN SP TELSTRA
Wireless SP NTT DoCoMo

Vendors
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Business Intelligence SAS
Billing Solutions CSG SYSTEMS
Broadband Equipment ALCATEL
Call Center Applications AVAYA
Enterprise Telephony CISCO SYSTEMS
Network Security JUNIPER NETWORKS
NGN Infrastructure HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES
Operational CRM SAP
Optical HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES
Storage EMC CORPORATION
Wireless Infrastructure HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES

Best of the Best
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Most Innovative Application/Solution CYWORLD -- SK COMMUNICATIONS
of the Year
Service Provider of the Year SINGTEL
Most Promising Service Provider TRUE CORPORATION
of the Year
Vendor of the Year CISCO SYSTEMS
Most Promising Vendor of the Year LG ELECTRONICS
CEO of the Year: Service Provider TADASHI ONODERA -- KDDI
CORPORATION


The Platinum Sponsor for the Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific Technology Awards 2005 was MBT, which has been supporting the Awards for the second year running. MBT is one of India's leading software services company with a near exclusive focus in Telecom segment. It has professional staff strength of over 5,500 people, six development centers worldwide, over US$220 Mil in annual revenues and strong technology and domain competencies in IT and Telecom.

Manish Vyas, MBT regional director for South East and North Asia, said, "MBT supported the Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific Technology Awards as the platinum sponsor because we are impressed by the objective as well as the quality of the event. Association to the awards also offers synergy with MBT's strong focus in IT and telecoms. MBT, being a key member of the ICT ecosystem is happy to network with industry leaders from service providers as well as vendors."

Also supporting the event were CNBC Asia, Agere Systems, Premiere Global Services, CommunicAsia2005 and EnterpriseIT2005.

"Gold Featured Nominees" of the Awards were Huawei Technologies, which was nominated in five award categories, and PCCW and BT, each nominated in two categories. SAS was a "Featured Nominee" of the Awards.

The Charlton Media Group was the official media partner.

The distinguished panel of judges:

1) Manoj Menon -- Partner, Frost & Sullivan

2) Nitin Bhat -- Director, Telecoms, Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific

3) Nitin Acharekar -- Director, Enterprise & Services, Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific

4) Clement Teo -- former Editor, TeleDotCom and Network Computing Asia

5) Manish Vyas -- Regional Director, South East & North Asia, MBT

6) Abdul Majid Abdullah -- Executive Director, NasionCom Holdings

7) David Nishball -- Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Equant

8) David Storrie -- Head of Network & Wholesale Services, StarHub

9) Wilfred Kwan -- Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, Asia Netcom

10) Ng Yoke Weng -- Group CIO, SingTel

11) Andy Miller -- Director of Marketing, Juniper Networks, Asia Pacific

12) Richard Duggan -- Director, Telecom Business Consulting, Cisco Systems, Asia Pacific

13) Raghav Sahgal -- Vice President & Managing Director, CSG Systems, Asia Pacific

14) Nick Hutton -- Vice President, Marketing & Communications, Alcatel, Asia Pacific

15) Hu Yong -- Vice President, Global Corporate Marketing, Huawei Technologies

About the Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific Technology Awards

The Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific Technology Awards is held annually to recognize outstanding performance by companies and individuals in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry in Asia Pacific. The awards seek to showcase best practices in the vendor and service provider segments, which are synonymous with Frost & Sullivan's in-depth analysis and coverage of the technology industry. It has attracted some of the leading names in technology on a single platform to compete for the most coveted titles in technology. Benchmarked against the highest standards of measurement criteria, the recipients of these awards indeed represent the best of breed in Asia Pacific. For more information on the awards, please visit www.technology-awards.com.