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24 Feb 2009
Wharf T&T Teams up with F-Secure, H3C, NEC and Ruckus
Delivering Comprehensive ICT Services to SMEs

Wharf T&T, the leading Information and Communications Technology (ICT) service provider in Hong Kong, today announced an industry alliance with four key industry players to further strengthen its scope of service for the Hong Kong business market.

Wharf T&T has been focusing on business customers with “Strictly Business” as its operation strategy since 2006. The alliance with four global industry leaders will greatly add to Wharf T&T’s solution integration capabilities and telecommunications and IT service offerings with best of breed security, IP based networking products and solutions, diversified telecommunications equipment and wireless communications.

“SMEs, in particular, need comprehensive and cost-effective one-stop ICT solutions that can enable their business in time. Scalability, stability and reliability are the cornerstones of Wharf T&T’s strong network infrastructure. The alliance has combined the strength of four world class industry partners which allows Wharf T&T to offer compelling ICT solutions for SMEs in Hong Kong,” said Kam Poon, Vice President, Business Market, Wharf T&T Limited. “Wharf T&T recognises the market needs and strategically teams up four global industry players to widen our scope of ICT services. The alliance brings us several superb solutions including desktop security service PC Secure with F-Secure; enhanced commercial communication equipment with NEC; IP-based networking products and solutions with H3C as well as wireless solutions with Ruckus.”

“More and more enterprises in Hong Kong realised that the safety of computer system is critical but they failed to realise the anticipated cost and skills incurred might be very limited. The launch of PC Secure, a co-brand product by Wharf T&T and F-Secure, allows us to penetrate into vast business segments where enterprises can enjoy powerful security service through a fixed monthly charge. As a leading provider of “security-as-a-service”, F-Secure strives to provide business customers with a cost-effective, fully-managed, enterprise-level data security solution to protect their business from unwanted emails and other malicious attacks,” said Jari Heinonen, Vice President, Asia Pacific Region, F-Secure Corporation.

“As one of the worldwide leading IP-based network architecture solution providers, H3C aims to create maximum value for our customers and partners by providing a full range of networking products and solutions with excellent price performance, superior service and quality. ” said Harry Liu, Managing Director, H3C, Hong Kong. “By partnering With Wharf T&T we expect to be able to provide the SMB customers with the latest networking technologies, and a seamless and cost-effective solutions program. We look forward to the tightened business cooperation with Wharf T&T in future to capture the emerging ICT needs.”

“Being one of the key players in ICT industry, the partnership with Wharf T&T since 2007 allows NEC to develop fruitful relationship and business outcomes and we are very pleased to have further collaboration with Wharf T&T to be our dealers. In combination of Wharf T&T’s robust telecommunications network, system integration expertise and market coverage, customer can enjoy the most sophisticated business communications solutions from NEC. It is believed that the tightened cooperation would enable us make a bold step towards corporate market in Hong Kong, and gain stronger foothold in the light of the finance turmoil. I am confident that this strategic partnership will prove to be mutually beneficial and will provide the highest level of customer value to support us for continued market leadership.” said Ray Cheung, General Manager, Business Solutions and Services of NEC Hong Kong Limited.

“Wireless communication has been regarded as the development direction for the next generation of communications. Enterprises should stay ahead of the competition through enhanced communication capability and capture the emerging business despite recovering economy. The partnership with Wharf T&T allows us to create the synergy effect and tap into the SME market as well as education and hospitality segments in Hong Kong, enlarge our wireless offerings and fortify carrier-grade ICT solutions,” said Mike Lin, Director of Product Management, Ruckus Wireless, Inc.

“The partnership with F-Secure, H3C, NEC and Ruckus marked a milestone for Wharf T&T in the development of next generation ICT communications. Hong Kong has a large SME base. Being a leading ICT service provider, it is important that we offer a complete solution tailored for SMEs so that they can focus on their core business. The economy might take a year or so to recover. However, telecommunications is the basic infrastructure that is indispensable for business activities at all times and we expect strong growth in the SME market. SMEs should maintain their competitiveness especially during hard times through advancement of their ICT communications capability.” Kam Poon, Vice President, Business Market of Wharf T&T Limited added. “Wharf T&T will continue to invest in ICT and strengthen our role as one–stop ICT service provider to help businesses gain their competitive edge and capture future new opportunities through our strong solution integration capabilities.”

About F-Secure Corporation
Innovation, reliability and speed of response - these are the qualities that have made F-Secure one of the world’s leading IT security providers since the company was founded in 1988. Today F-Secure’s award-winning and easy-to-use products are trusted in millions of homes and businesses around the world. We provide powerful real-time protection that works quietly and smoothly in the background, so computer and smartphone users can enjoy the benefits of connected life to the full. F-Secure’s solutions are available as a service subscription through more than 180 Internet service providers and mobile operator partners around the world, making F-Secure the global leader in this market. F-Secure has been listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd since 1999. The company has consistently been one of the fastest growing publicly listed companies in the industry. The latest news on real-time virus threat scenarios is available at the F-Secure Data Security Lab weblog at http://www.f-secure.com/weblog/.

About H3C Technologies Co., Limited
H3C Technologies Co., Limited (H3C), a subsidiary wholly owned by 3Com Corporation, is an innovative IP-based network architecture solutions provider. H3C aims to create maximum value for its global customers and partners by providing excellent service and quality products with a high performance to cost ratio. Headquartered in Hong Kong, with research and development centres in China (Beijing, Hangzhou and Shenzhen), the company employs 4,800 people with more than half engaged in R&D. Additional information can be found at www.h3c.com.

About NEC Hong Kong Limited
NEC Hong Kong Limited has a long and eventful history in Hong Kong since its establishment in 1984 and has been expanding its activities rapidly to meet the growing customer demand in Hong Kong, Macau and Mainland China. Dedicated to information and communication technologies, NEC provides advanced display & visual products, server & storage and telecommunication devices. Through customization of specific needs, NEC also plays a leading role in business solutions of security & border control, unified communication and IT platform, as well as services of IT consulting, networking and outsourcing. With a full range of technical experts, we have the resources in response to the dynamic needs of customers in various industries. With our extensive products and services, we are ready in providing continuous values to customers globally. NEC is the one-stop answer for innovative technological excellence.

Being one of the main providers of telecommunication products and solutions in early days of telecommunication, NEC has established a strong reputation in hotel industry. Over 65% hotels adopted the all-in-one telecommunication products and solutions from NEC.

For further information, please visit www.nec.com.hk

About Ruckus Wireless
Formed in June 2004, Ruckus Wireless is Wi-Fi technology pioneer focused on building the next generation of Smart Wireless LAN systems. Named a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum, Ruckus Wireless is credited with developing the first Smart Wi-Fi products and technology that extend the range of Wi-Fi signals and automatically adapt to environmental changes. Venture-backed, Ruckus Wireless has raised $42 million in capital from some of the world’s leading investors including Sequoia Capital, Sutter Hill, T-Ventures, WK Technology Fund and Motorola Ventures. The Company manufactures and markets Smart Wi-Fi products directly to broadband services providers and Smart WLAN systems indirectly to enterprise customers. To date, Ruckus has shipped more than 500,000 Smart Wi-Fi systems worldwide.

Please visit http://www.ruckuswireless.com/ for details.

About Wharf T&T
Established in 1995, Wharf T&T is the leading information and communications technology (ICT) service provider in Hong Kong with over HK$5 billion investment in its own telecommunications network infrastructure. Wharf T&T strictly focuses on providing one-stop-shop services to basic IT & telecom needs to enable customers’ businesses.

Wharf T&T possesses the best-of-breed optical fibre network and system integration capabilities, enabling a full range of professional ICT solutions encompassing voice, data, conferencing, email messaging, web-building and hosting, IT security, network solution and integration, application implementation, data centre, business continuity and disaster recovery services.

Wharf T&T’s value propositions are our commitment to create and deliver value to business customers in enhancing their businesses. Such value propositions are further enriched and strengthened through our strategic collaboration with various partners including Cisco (Gold Partner), EMC, F-Secure, H3C, Hyperion, Microsoft, Mirapoint, NEC, Oracle (Certified Partner), Ruckus and Sun Microsystems (Principal Partner).

Wharf T&T is a core member of The Wharf Group, one of the largest conglomerates in Hong Kong. The Wharf Group also owns i-CABLE Communications Limited, the leading cable television station and Internet access service provider in Hong Kong.

For further information about Wharf T&T, please visit Wharf T&T website at http://www.wharftt.com/.

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