Expand Networks and Telkom Win Prestigious Global Telecoms Innovation Award for Wide Area Network Project

By Expand Networks, PRNE
Tuesday, June 7, 2011

ROSELAND, New Jersey, June 8, 2011 -

- Vendor and Telco Collaboration Recognized by Global Telecoms Business for
Managed WAN Optimisation Service at Retail Giant SPAR Group

Expand Networks, www.expand.com,
the leader in optimizing WANs for branch office consolidation and
virtualization, together with Africa's largest Telco provider, Telkom SA
(www.telkom.co.za/), have been jointly honoured at the Global Telecoms
Business Innovation Awards (
www.globaltelecomsbusiness.com/?LS=EMS532462) 2011, winning the
prestigious prize for Wide Area Network Optimization.

Telkom and Expand Networks' winning project successfully deployed a
managed WAN optimization service for retail giant SPAR Group (
www.spar.co.za/HomePage1.aspx) , improving performance levels,
reducing latency and easing congestion of satellite links that had
compromised the efficiency of SPAR's applications and services.

The collaboration on the SPAR project beat off hundreds of
nominations for the industry's most innovative projects that were received
from the readers of Global Telecoms Business in 2011.

Elie Barr, CEO of Expand Networks, explains the project: "Fast and
resilient communications across SPAR's supply chain is critical to ensuring
high levels of service and convenience are delivered to customers. To
optimize the bandwidth between SPAR's headquarters, distribution centres and
900 stores in South Africa, we developed a managed optimisation service with
Telkom to mitigate WAN latency and congestion over satellite links.

"Results were immediate; a number of the group's top retailers quickly
gave very positive responses to the solution as user experience improved

Mel Lachenicht, Executive, Telkcom Business Solutions, Telkom SA, added,
"Expand Networks provided a good solution to the problem due to its
telco-class performance, ease of management and configuration, as well as its
cost and ability to scale."

For Expand Networks, it is the second consecutive year it has been
honoured by Global Telecoms Business, receiving in 2010 an award for
Satellite Service Innovation.

Barr continued, "We are all delighted to receive this award which
demonstrates the value and transformational qualities of network

"The award also chimes with our own continued commitment in working
closely with our global telco partners in helping to better manage the flow
of traffic and optimize communications offerings to organizations across the

The winners were announced during a gala dinner at the Park Lane Hotel in
London last night. In presenting the Awards, Alan Burkitt-Gray, editor of
Global Telecoms Business, commented: "This is the fifth time we've run the
Global Telecoms Business Innovation Awards and this year we saw more
nominations, from a greater range of operators and vendors, than ever before.

"We started the Awards in order to celebrate what the industry is doing,
making a huge difference to the world, to all of us in business and as

"This is a sure sign the industry is working harder and harder to deliver
exciting and innovative services to customers worldwide. We've seen a greater
number of nominations for services directly aimed at businesses and
consumers, designed to give them better services and make their lives easier.

"Congratulations to all of this year's award winners and to Expand and
Telkom for the Wide Area Network Innovation award."

Global Telecoms Business magazine, which is read by the industry leaders
in the telecommunications industry worldwide, is part of the Euromoney
Institutional Investor PLC group.

For further information contact:
Andrew Parker/Jennifer Manning, Cohesive Communications, +44-(0)-1291-626200, expand at cohesive.uk.com

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