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Weybridge, Surrey, UK - 5 July 2004 - Sirocom, the UK’s leading independent Managed VPN Service Provider, has today announced a two year extension to its original $12 million contract with STA Travel, taking the partnership through to at least 2007.

Worth $8m, the extended contract demonstrates Sirocom’s global position in the corporate VPN market space and will see the completion of STA Travel’s existing BLUEe strategy, which will deliver a web-based information service through the global networking of its 400+ offices.

“We are delighted to have been awarded an additional two years on the contract. We have continued to maintain a constant dialogue with STA Travel, looking at how we can maximise and evolve our service alongside their changing needs,” explains Simon Rogan, Managing Director of Sirocom, “and this truly highlights our capacity to provide a reliable global network for a global operation.“

The infrastructure of STA Travel and complexity of the BLUEe strategy highlighted the project’s global scale, and in order to increase productivity and service delivery Sirocom has since established a permanent resource office in Australia.

Claire Reece, Vice President of Information Systems at STA Travel adds, “We have been really impressed with the level of service and commitment received from Sirocom, and the contract has been extended to reflect this. Both parties have developed from a business relationship into a true partnership based on an appreciation of the evolving requirements of STA Travel.”


About Sirocom
Sirocom is a Virtual Network Operator (VNO). We have unique skills and total focus in the corporate VPN market space and offer organisations a better way to communicate with their branch offices, roaming users, home workers and business partners.

Over 400 national and international corporations and public sector organisations including JD Sports, Bovis Lend Lease, BSkyB and STA Travel have entrusted their managed VPNs to Sirocom.

Moving forward, Sirocom’s Managed VPN services incorporate the latest technologies such as SSL, Broadband, Wireless and IP Telephony with unique hosting and support capabilities.

An array of industry awards stand as testimony to Sirocom’s specialist expertise in Managed VPN services. These include the Sunday Times TechTrack 100 and the Deloitte Indy 100 – both for three consecutive years, and the Deloitte & Touche Fast 50.

About STA Travel
STA Travel is the world’s largest travel company for students and young people. Since its inception in 1979, STA Travel has experienced exponential growth in size and sales. Today the company has sales of over US$ 1 billion a year, services more than 5 million travellers annually and employs over 2500 staff worldwide.

STA Travel operates more than 400 wholly owned retail locations in Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, UK and the USA.

The company is represented in a total of 75 countries via a mix of wholly owned retail branches, franchisees and licensees. STA Travel is a wholly owned subsidiary of Zurich-based, Diethelm Keller Holding Ltd.

For further information contact:

Barrie Desmond
Cohesive Communications
Tel: +44 (0) 1291 626200

Suzanne Hart, Sirocom
Tel: +44 (0) 1932 264700
Fax: +44 (0) 1932 264888

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