SOURCE: Cisco Systems, Inc.

November 21, 2007 08:00 ET

Omega Mission Hills World Cup to Offer Unrivaled Communications Experience for Guests, Participants and Media

Cisco Connected Real Estate Solution and TelePresence Enhance Amenities of International Golf Tournament

SHENZHEN, CHINA--(Marketwire - November 21, 2007) - Mission Hills proudly presents Cisco® (NASDAQ: CSCO) as a premier sponsor of the 2007 Omega Mission Hills World Cup to be held from Nov. 22 to 25. Cisco is providing an advanced technology infrastructure for the golf championship tournament, with 28 teams competing "For the Honour" of their nations. The World Cup is also known as the "Olympics of Golf" by many players and is one of the top prestige golf events on the international calendar.

A robust, highly secure and high-speed technology backbone is instrumental to the successful staging of any major golf tournament. Cisco's tailored solution for the Omega Mission Hills World Cup involves comprehensive consultancy, network design and holistic support.

The resilient infrastructure across Mission Hills' facilities includes a converged Internet Protocol (IP) network that Cisco is providing for the Omega Mission Hills World Cup and beyond, as well as comprehensive data center solutions offering highly secure access and control of the network. To provide an Internet-surfing experience that adds to the convenience of guests and visitors during the Omega Mission Hills World Cup, Cisco is also offering a wireless solution with industry-leading security features for Mission Hills' media centre. The solution will be extended to clubhouses, hotels and the administration building after the tournament.

Of particular note, Cisco will provide a TelePresence solution during the Omega Mission Hills World Cup for both Mission Hills' clubhouses in Dongguan and Shenzhen. Guests, visitors, media and participants from around the world will benefit from the unparalleled meeting and communications experiences brought by this innovative technology.

The Cisco TelePresence Meeting solution is a new category of products that create live, "face-to-face" meeting experiences over an Internet Protocol (IP) network empowering users to interact and collaborate in ways they could not before. Cisco TelePresence represents the industry's only virtual meeting solution capable of delivering 1080p high-definition life-size images, spatial audio, and plug-and-play collaborative tools.

"We see greater efficiency, resilience and operational strength in the Cisco Connected Real Estate solution framework and networking infrastructure," said Wilfred Wong, executive vice chairman and chief executive officer, Mission Hills. "I am confident that the deployment of Cisco's technology will not only contribute to the success of the 2007 Omega Mission Hills World Cup, but also help transform our IT architecture into a more substantial one in the long run."

"We are delighted to collaborate with Mission Hills to revamp and enhance the networking infrastructure for this paramount golf event. Mission Hills' choice of our network and services aptly testifies to the reliability, integrated security and efficiency that our networking platform offers," said Ferry Chung, managing director, Integrated Solutions Group, Cisco Asia Pacific.

About Omega Mission Hills World Cup

Players from 28 nations, who have shared in numerous triumphs around the world over the past season, will tee off at the 2007 Omega Mission Hills World Cup at Mission Hills Golf Club, China, from November 22-25.

The 2007 Omega Mission Hills World Cup will launch a new and exciting era in the history of the event first played in 1953 as the Canada Cup. The event is set to continue through 2018, and most probably beyond, at Mission Hills following the signing of an agreement which brought the prestige watch manufacturer Omega together with the Club which introduced the game of golf to China by first hosting the World Cup in 1995.

John Jay Hopkins, the noted Canadian industrialist, brought to reality a dream that golf could promote goodwill between nations with the inaugural World Cup played in Montreal in 1953, then called the Canada Cup and re-titled The World Cup in 1967.

The International Federation of PGA Tours will, as custodians, oversee the 53rd edition of the event as it unfolds less than one year before the staging in Beijing of the Olympic Games at which Omega has a unique role as Official Timekeeper.

About Mission Hills Golf Club, China

Founded in 1994, Mission Hills Golf Club, China, seeks to create 'International Goodwill through Golf.' The Club occupies over 15 square kilometres of land and boasts 12 signature courses designed by golf legends from five different continents. The Jack Nicklaus, Pete Dye, José Maria Olazábal, Ernie Els, Nick Faldo, Zhang Lian-Wei, David Leadbetter, Greg Norman, Jumbo Ozaki, Vijay Singh, Annika Sorenstam and David Duval. Each course is reflective of the designers' style, offering unique risk / reward challenges to the player.

As a complete golf destination, the Club houses a five star hotel and world class spa and was voted Best Golf Resort in Asia by readers of Asian Golf Monthly in 2006 and Golf Resort of the Year in the Rest of the World category in 2005 by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO). In May 2004, the Club was accredited by the Guinness World Records as the World's Largest Golf Facility, making a name for itself in the world of premier golf through its exceptional ability to deliver an unsurpassed level of service excellence. Mission Hills is the proud venue of the OMEGA Mission Hills World Cup for the next consecutive twelve years (2007 - 2018).

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