Cyneta Networks Taps Avnet Applied Computing to Integrate New Wireless Content Switch for GPRS/EDGE Networks

12/11/2002 - Avnet Applied Computing, an operating group of Avnet Inc. (NYSE: AVT), announced that it has been selected by Cyneta Networks Inc. to handle the hardware and software integration, functional burn-in and shipping logistics for its new wireless content switch. Cyneta's innovative switch, called the Intelligent Packet Control Node(TM) (IPCN), is a carrier-grade network element that sits in the heart of a mobile operator's network to deliver higher quality, more efficient 2.5G and 3G packet services.

Avnet Applied Computing will be responsible for the complete integration of all hardware and software for the IPCN, globally targeted for mobile operators implementing GPRS/EDGE/3G technology in their networks to offer "always-on," higher capacity, Internet-based content and packet-based data services. To support the requirements of Cyneta's worldwide customer base, Avnet will also handle global shipping and logistics for Cyneta Networks including order management and warehousing.

The IPCN systems will be built-to-order in Avnet's ISO 9001 certified Avnet Integration Solution Center in Phoenix, using a rigorous assembly process that meets or exceeds all international certification standards for the manufacture of telecommunications equipment.

"The mission for Cyneta was to identify an outsource integration partner with the assembly and quality testing processes that will result in the 7 x 24 reliability standards our customers demand," said Doug Smith, president and CEO of Cyneta Networks. "With Avnet, we found the depth and breadth of experience as well as the proper testing facilities and certified procedures that our product requires."

Cyneta Networks will have complete visibility into the outsourced processes via Avnet FasTrac, Avnet Applied Computing's secure, one-stop Web portal. This includes online review of the integration process, order tracking, and automated RMA (return) processing.

"Our selection by Cyneta Networks is a tremendous validation of the strong technical, logistics, and services capabilities that AAC offers our customers," said Troy Blanchette, senior vice president of Avnet Applied Computing's services division, Avnet FasTrac Services. "Avnet Applied Computing has extensive experience successfully integrating and supporting the large, complex builds that the telephony industry requires, especially mission-critical network components like the IPCN."

About Cyneta Networks
Cyneta Networks is an emerging leader in advanced wireless content switching products and technologies that enable mobile operators to deliver higher quality, more cost effective 2.5G and 3G packet services. The company's flagship product -- the Intelligent Packet Control Node(TM) (IPCN) -- is a wireless content switch that resides in the mobile core network and provides improved wireless data session performance, optimized data delivery, critical network intelligence, and enhanced subscriber services. Cyneta Networks is headquartered in Richardson, Texas with additional software development facilities in India, and sales and support offices in numerous locations across the globe. Additional information can be found on the company's Web site at

About Avnet Applied Computing
Avnet Applied Computing focuses on the unique requirements of computing OEMs, independent software vendors and System Builders nlooking to get embedded systems or white box solutions to marketquickly. Avnet Applied Computing offers a wide array of services including engineering assistance, integration and support services, supply-chain management, financing, and physical distribution of endproducts.

Avnet Applied Computing also markets off-the-shelf components such as CPUs, mass storage devices, flat-panel displays, embedded andcommercial motherboards, memory modules, and networking, mobile/wireless computing, point-of-sale and software products. A $1.68 billion operating group of Avnet Inc. in fiscal year 2002, Avnet Applied Computing has operations in North America, Europe and Asia. Avnet Applied Computing is on the Web at

About Avnet
Phoenix-based Avnet Inc. is one of the world's largest technologymarketing and services providers, with fiscal 2002 (year ended June 28, 2002) sales of $8.9 billion. The company distributes semiconductors, interconnect, passive and electromechanical components, embedded systems and computer products from leading manufacturers. Serving customers in 63 countries, Avnet delivers services such as inventory management, supply-chain services, bill-of-materials analysis, systems integration and engineering design assistance. Its Web site is located at

The Cyneta Logo and Intelligent Packet Control Node are trademarks of Cyneta Networks Inc.

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