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QI Group Accelerates Business Growth with Cisco Borderless Networks

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QI Group Accelerates Business Growth with Cisco Borderless Networks

Technology Implementation Will Drive Expansion and Productivity

MALAYSIA – 19 July 2011 – Cisco and the QI Group of Companies, an e-commerce based conglomerate in Malaysia, today announced that Borderless Networks solutions by Cisco will be implemented at QI Tower, the group’s operational headquarters in Petaling Jaya. These solutions aim to improve productivity and security while the network solutions will create a strong foundation to support future user growth, information and communications technology projects, as well as Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and teleconferencing.

The QI Group uses the network as a platform for business across industries that include telecommunications, lifestyle and leisure, luxury and collectibles, training and conference management, property development, and a global retail and direct sales business.

“Our investment in technology is in line with our plans to expand our business operations in Malaysia, even more so as our operational headquarters is based here. The QI Group has been expanding regionally and we believe that Cisco’s solutions play an important role in our growth, transforming the way we work and setting a foundation that caters to our ongoing expansion needs. Through these new technologies, we expect to save 20-30 percent on our overall operational costs,” said Malick Aboobakar, Chief Information Officer of the QI Group.

With the QI Group’s mobile work culture, Cisco’s Borderless Network Architecture was a perfect fit, with a single manageable structure that will reduce operational complexity and provide connectivity to anyone in the organisation, on any device and at any location with a highly secure, reliable, and seamless experience. Implemented through Packet Systems, a Cisco Gold Certified Partner, the new network will result in faster decision making and access to critical information while reducing customer response times and operating costs.

“The future is mobile – and businesses that embrace the progression towards a connected workforce will capitalize on these trends – much like the QI Group has done. With Borderless Networks and a highly secure connection, the QI Group are able to future-proof their expansion as they develop new capabilities and business ventures that take advantage of next-generation technologies,” said Anne Abraham, Managing Director of Cisco in Malaysia.

Acknowledging the collective benefits of these solutions, the QI Group plans to further embed technology into the heart of their operations. Future consideration includes videoconferencing and security solutions, advancing collaboration to the next level while providing increased security for data exchanged by a growing mobile workforce.

About the QI Group of Companies

The QI Group of Companies is a multinational conglomerate comprising a dynamic group of businesses with regional offices in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia and a wide range of subsidiary companies in nearly 30 countries. The Group has six main business lines diversified into telecommunications, lifestyle & leisure, luxury & collectibles, training and conference management, property development and an e-commerce based retail & direct sales business. The Group has recently ventured into the education sector with the establishment of a University in Perak state in Malaysia.

The constantly evolving group has also invested in the hospitality segment in Sri Lanka, India, The Philippines, Thailand, South Africa and Turkey through a range of spa, resorts and boutique hotels. The QI Group is a member of the Commonwealth Business Council and a Global Growth Company member of the World Economic Forum. Please visit www.qigroup.com for further details.

About Cisco

Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) is the worldwide leader in networking that transforms how people connect, communicate and collaborate. Information about Cisco can be found at http://www.cisco.com. For ongoing news, please go to http://newsroom.cisco.com. Cisco products are supplied in Malaysia by Cisco Systems International, BV, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cisco Systems, Inc.

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