Hongkong Telecom and Polyspan Partner For Distribution

Hongkong Telecom, Hong Kong's leading communications services company, and Polyspan Teleconferencing B.V. (Nasdaq: PLCM), the global leader in multimedia collaboration, today announced that the two companies have signed a key agreement for distribution of Polyspan ViewStation(TM) group videoconferencing systems. Under this agreement, Hongkong Telecom will offer Polyspan's award-winning line of ViewStation videoconferencing systems to its extensive customer base, including a broad range of large corporations throughout Hong Kong. "Videoconferencing is increasingly becoming more popular as companies take advantage of Hong Kong's pervasive ISDN communications infrastructure and the rapid uptake of ISDN elsewhere in Asia to improve the quality of their communications," said Gary Chow, General Manager of Marketing, Corporate Market, Hongkong Telecom. "A powerful, affordable and easy-to-use videoconferencing product like ViewStation has been eagerly anticipated by the users in Hong Kong for the maximised benefits and productivity that videoconferencing offers." ViewStation will enrich Hongkong Telecom's Com21 portfolio of products, enabling the company to offer world-class integrated and interactive solutions that help customers better connect and communicate with employees, customers and business partners. Com21 is Hongkong Telecom's commitment to deliver integrated solutions which will help enterprises to stay ahead of the crow and build unsurpassed businesses for the 21st century. "Our relationship with Hongkong Telecom is a key part of Polyspan's commitment to delivering the very best in conferencing includes providing the same high performance, ease of access and level of service for our customers throughout Asia Pacific as we do for our customers elsewhere around the world," said Dale Bastian, Polyspan's vice president of worldwide sales and service. "We are very pleased to partner with Hongkong Telecom as one of the most important distributors and communications service providers in Asia to bring high performance, easy to use and affordable videoconferencing to even more organisations throughout Asia than ever before." Polyspan ViewStation systems are immediately available to Hongkong Telecom customers throughout Hong Kong. About ViewStation Fully H.323-ready since its inception, Polyspan's ViewStation group videoconferencing systems continue to set the standard for high-performance videoconferencing. Available in several versions that offer video performance from 128kbps up to 768kbps full motion video, ViewStation incorporates unique innovations that set it apart from any other videoconferencing system. Recently awarded "Best New Video Conferencing Product" at the MultiMediaCom '99 Spring trade show in San Jose, CA, from a large field of products from leading videoconferencing vendors, the new Polyspan ViewStation MP multipoint videoconferencing system provides high-quality, standards-based multipoint videoconferencing on demand, simply by using ViewStation's remote control and graphical user interface, without the need for a bridging service or IS support. ViewStation MP also provides continuous presence videoconferencing capability for four sites at 128Kbps, three sites at 256Kbps or point-to-point at 384/512kbps, allowing all sites in a conferencing to see other connected sites simultaneously. The entire line of ViewStation products includes voice- activated camera- tracking and the industry's first implementation of an embedded Web server as standard features. ViewStation's innovative embedded Web server enables easy access for remote system management and diagnostics, simple software upgrades via the Internet or intranet, and also provides a convenient and reliable way to display presentations form local or remote connections. About Hongkong Telecom Hongkong Telecom, a Cable & Wireless company, is Hong Kong's major full-service communications provider, marketing a full array of quality voice and data telecommunication services backed by a state-of-the-art, fully- digital fibre-optic network. Services include basic telephony, mobile telephony, international calls, specialised fax and data products, value-added services, Internet access, multimedia services, satellite links and telecommunications equipment and systems. Apart from owning and operating Asia's largest commercial teleport, Hongkong Telecom is a pioneer in a wide range of communications solutions, such as launching the world's first fully digitised urban network, the world's first fibre-optic cable linking China, and recently the world's first interactive television services. Cable & Wireless is the world's leading provider of integrated communications and a major global carrier of communications traffic: Internet, data, voice and video. Its businesses around the world offer a range of services spanning interactive entertainment and information, broadband data, Internet access and broadcast television, as well as fixed and mobile voice. With 17 million customers in 70 countries, Cable & Wireless is one of the world's largest carriers of international traffic, provides mobile communications in more than 30 countries and operates the world's largest, most advanced cableship fleet. About Polyspan Polyspan is the only company in the world that develops, manufactures and markets a full range of high-quality audio, data and video conferencing products to enable multimedia collaboration. Polyspan's innovative, award-winning conferencing products provide customers with high performance and ease of use at an affordable price to create a media-rich experience on any network. For additional information, call Polyspan's Asian headquarters at +65-323-3882 or Polyspan's European headquarters at +44.1865.335.500, or visit the Polyspan web site at www.polyspan.com NOTE: Polyspan Teleconferencing B.V. is a licensee of Polyspan and the Polyspan logo design trademarks which are registered in various countries and the ViewStation trademark. ots Original Text Service: Polyspan Internet: http://www.newsaktuell.de Contact: Evia Shum of Hongkong Telecom, 852-2883-0374, or evia.mw.shum@hkt.com; or Grey Brutus of Newell Public Relations, 852-2572-2100, or grey@newell.com; or Ian Clarke of Polyspan Teleconferencing B.V., 44-1865-335-500, or iclarke@polycom.com Web site: http://www.polycom.com

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