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29th Nov 07

Darts IT Networks Becomes India’s First Cisco SMB Specialized Partner

Only Cisco Partner Worldwide to Achieve 6 specific Cisco Specializations


New Delhi, November 29, 2007 - Cisco, the worldwide leader in networking for the internet, today announced that Darts IT Networks has become the first Cisco SMB Specialized Partner in India. The Cisco SMB Specialization program empowers channel partners to understand the unique business challenges of SMB customers and cater to their specific requirements more effectively. In addition, Darts IT Networks has also achieved the unique distinction of being the only Cisco Partner worldwide, to attain six specific Cisco specializations.

Amongst the Cisco specializations, Darts is the first Indian partner to get the Advanced Security Specialization and the CRM Express Solution Specialization. The remaining specializations are the Advanced Unified Communications Specialization, the Advanced Wireless LAN specialization, and the Express Foundation specialization. Darts has met the resource requirements for the above mentioned six specializations and demonstrated that they are qualified to support customers with the entire range of Cisco solutions in India. These specializations further strengthen the partnership between the two companies and demonstrate enhanced commitment and expertise. Darts will be recognized for these specializations in the Cisco Partner Locator.

Congratulating the Darts team, Avinash Purwar, Vice President, Channels, Cisco India & SAARC said, “We launched the SMB Specialization program in June 2007 to differentiate, recognize, and reward Cisco’s channel partners that have focused business practices selling to the SMB market. We are happy to announce that Darts has not only become the first Cisco SMB specialized Partner in India but also raised the bar with five other specializations. In November itself, Darts also became the only Cisco partner in India who was rated “excellent” quarter on quarter, by the Cisco customers in its Customer Satisfaction Excellence Program. We are proud at Cisco India that our partner, Darts is the most specialized Cisco Premier Partner in the world today.”

Commenting on the certification, Arun Gupta, Managing Director, Darts IT Networks said, “Darts has always been motivated to master cutting edge technology in order to provide innovative solutions to our customers. Becoming Cisco’s first SMB specialized partner further enables us to better respond to the needs of the SMB segment, which is seeing a lot of growth and innovation in India today. With our current levels of specializations, our proven customer-centric approach, and our team of knowledgeable networking professionals, together with Cisco we can make significant contributions to the SMB segment.”

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About Darts IT Networks:
Darts is one of India’s leading IT networking companies. Darts provides cost-effective, high-quality solutions to organizations from the conceptualization stage to the commissioning stage. The company is headquartered in New Delhi and has branch offices in Mumbai, Pune and Hyderabad.

Darts has built a strong reputation for maintaining high ratings for customer satisfaction based on customer surveys. It is also the first company in India to be certified by Cisco as its Advanced Security specialized Partner.

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