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CityTel Selects Sandvine to manage the impact of peer-to-peer traffic on its broadband network

Award-winning solution to improve broadband experience for subscribers, minimize the network costs of file-sharing traffic

Prince Rupert, British Columbia and Waterloo, Ontario; January 21, 2004 –- CityTel announced today that it has selected Sandvine Peer-To-Peer (P2P) Policy Management to minimize the impact of file sharing traffic on its broadband network.

The rapid growth of peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing applications like KaZaA and eDonkey had challenged the 3,000-subscriber ISP’s ability to control and optimize Internet traffic. P2P can account for more than 70% of residential traffic. Having evaluated a variety of solutions that proved less than effective in reducing the overall impact of P2P, CityTel has elected to deploy Sandvine’s award-winning policy management technology as a means of reducing network congestion and improving quality of service.

“Sandvine’s intelligent re-direction approach allows us to minimize the impact of P2P traffic on our network and maintain the best possible online experience for our subscribers,” said Greg Nancekivell, Internet Manager for CityTel. “P2P Policy Management will help us maximize our existing infrastructure investments while preparing us to stay ahead of changes in this rapidly-evolving technology environment.”

Founded in 1910, CityTel is the only independent Phone Company in British Columbia. CityTel is committed to providing customers with the most innovative, leading edge communications technology. Key to CityTel’s long history of success is its ability to provide personal service from friendly, knowledgeable, local employees.

About CityTel
Prince Rupert CityTelephones (CityTel) is owned and operated by the City of Prince Rupert, British Columbia. Established by a group of visionary entrepreneurs in 1910, CityTel is the only independent ILEC in Canada’s Western Provinces.  CityTel offers a full range of exchange services, analog and digital cellular service; as well as narrowband and broadband Internet services (1MB and ADSL service).  ADSL service is available to 98% of CityTel’s subscriber base. To find out more, visit CityTel online at www.citytel.net

About Sandvine
Sandvine’s award-winning network equipment helps broadband service providers better manage the growing burden of peer-to-peer (P2P) activity while protecting subscribers and preserving the overall Internet experience. Sandvine Peer-to-Peer Policy Management* helps service providers take control of P2P traffic, stop the proliferation of destructive worm code and achieve new operational efficiencies. Sandvine products are suitable for all broadband and narrowband networks, cable or DSL. To find out more, visit Sandvine online at www.sandvine.com.

* Sandvine Peer-To-Peer Policy Management has garnered a number of important accolades in recent months, including the 2003 World Communications Award for “Best Technology Foresight,” the 2003 Next Generation Networks “Best of NGN” Award, and Communications Technology Magazine’s 2003 “Readers’ Choice” Award.

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