SOURCE: Cisco Systems

November 30, 2006 08:00 ET

Media Alert: Santa's Using Video Phone Technology From Cisco to Deliver Old-Fashioned Christmas Cheer at Hospitals in Canada, Germany and the United States

SAN JOSE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 30, 2006 --

WHAT: "The Cisco Santa Claus Connection"

This holiday season, hospitalized children who otherwise would not have the chance to meet Santa Claus will be able to see and speak with jolly old St. Nick through the magic of an Internet video telephone from Cisco® (NASDAQ: CSCO).

Children in Canada, Germany and the United States will be given a special opportunity to see and talk live with Santa during a special video telephone call that connects kids with the North Pole by pressing a single button on the video phone. It's a unique, hi-tech opportunity for children to share their special requests with Santa. This is the third consecutive year that Cisco has hosted the program.

Children and their family members will gather in common areas in the hospitals where Cisco video telephony equipment will be set up for the calls. In most of the hospitals, the video phone system will also be transported to patients' rooms so that children too sick to leave their rooms can participate in the program. Cisco and Mattel will be providing Christmas gifts for the children.

WHEN: December 6 - 18, 2006

WHERE: Select hospitals in Germany, Canada and the United States.

Berlin, Germany: Charité Universitätsmedizin
in Berlin, Otto-Heubner-Centrum für Kinder- und
Jugendmedizin am Campus Virchow-Klinikum
December 6, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. CET.

New York, New York: Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York
December 11, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST

Charleston, South Carolina: The Medical University of South Carolina's
(MUSC) Children's Hospital
December 13, 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. EST.

Sacramento, California: Children's Center at Sutter Medical
Center Sacramento
December 15, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. PST.

Ottawa, Canada: Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario
December 18, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST.
PLEASE RSVP FOR ONSITE VISITS: Please contact Rob Lopez, Cisco, 415-945-9890 or e-mail as time slots are limited. Highlights of the event can be viewed by clicking on the attached link:

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