Sigma Makes Linkoping's Vision of Broadband a Reality

Gothenburg, SWEDEN

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Jan. 15, 2002 (PRIMEZONE) -- Sigma is delivering a high-tech broadband solution to Tekniska Verken, the municipally owned utilities company in the city of Linkoping, south of Stockholm. The solution allows Tekniska Verken to realize its vision of supplying broadband capacity and a large range of services to companies and private individuals in the cities of Linkoping and Katrineholm.

Linkoping has a thoroughly developed plan for the development of the municipality. This is a factor that promotes growth and the development of expertise and an open city network where companies and individuals can choose between various Internet operators and a wide selection of services.

"Sigma's solution allows us to provide the residents of our municipality with the broadband capacity and services they require. Our selection of contents services demands an intelligent and stable network. We view Sigma as a secure partner, more than capable of living up to these requirements," says Hakan Lovefors, who is responsible for the active network at Tekniska Verken in Linkoping.

The extensive customer potential in the region has attracted many different suppliers to offer their services for the portal. The result is a broad selection of services for the residents of the municipality. Via the city network, customers obtain access to the Internet, e-mail, trading, banking services and games. In the future, further possibilities are planned, such as being able to order alarm and security surveillance services, IP telephony services as well as music and video on demand. Additionally, it is planned to establish conditions for efficient e-commuting, interactive education and information on the activities of local associations.

"Our wish to facilitate communications between individuals is the driving force of our daily operations. The design of intelligent networks is a precondition for the satisfactory functioning of tomorrow's communications. The transaction with Tekniska Verken in Linkoping further strengthens our positions within this area," explains Nils Boghammar, President of Sigma Maldata Network Solutions.

The backbone and area network, which Sigma is providing has been designed to handle advanced IP-based services such as TV, games, IP telephony and remote education. The solution is future proof and provides users with continual net access. A subscriber using IP telephony services or playing a game via the net will in principle not notice the failure of an active component or link. In the event of an operational fault, the system immediately selects an alternative route to the final destination.

Tekniska Verken is an aggressive group with its own research and development department and is a regional leader in the supply of energy, water, heat, waste disposal and rapid data communications.

Sigma Maldata Network Solutions functions as a systems integrator and offers services, products and solutions within IT infrastructure.

Sigma supplies solutions that safeguard the customers' competitiveness. Operations are based on entrepreneurial, niche subsidiaries that develop services and products in close cooperation with customers. Services are offered within three business areas: Business Solutions, IT Solutions, and Network & Wireless Solutions. The Group has approximately 1,300 employees within 33 subsidiaries in Sweden and six other countries. Sigma is listed on the O-List of the Stockholm Exchange.

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