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London, United Kingdom – 10 March, 2006 -

Mako Networks, a leading provider of network management and Internet security solutions, today announced a distribution agreement with South African distributor 5th Mountain Networks to extend its Mako products and services to customers throughout the region.

5th Mountain Networks, a focused professional network solutions provider, will in turn appoint and support South African Telco’s, IT Integrators and Internet Service Providers as Mako Networks resellers and integrators. Vodacom, the leading cellular network in South Africa, has been chosen as the exclusive cellular partner based on Vodacom’s globally recognized technology innovation and delivery.

Mako Networks established its presence in South Africa as part of a global strategy to reach new customers through localised presence and market expertise. “We selected 5th Mountain Networks to represent Mako Networks based on the team’s experience, expertise, strength of reputation and their depth of service across South Africa,” said Bill Farmer, Chief Executive Officer of Mako Networks.

The patented Mako system is designed to protect broadband users from the risks and costs often associated with “always-on” broadband connections. Mako manages the users networks centrally, delivering powerful and cost-effective proactive network security and user policy monitoring and enforcement together with sophisticated reporting and management of any end-point.

The Mako Networks system utilises a centrally managed hardware and software solution to deliver a 24/7, managed and continually updated network management solution that enables enterprises to monitor, and secure their data across multiple broadband network types and connections. The globally deployed, centrally managed Mako service interacts with a Mako device installed on the end-user's broadband connection, continually monitoring network activity and updating firewall and security definitions in order to meet evolving threats.

5th Mountain Networks approved Mako service providers can adjust their client’s configuration settings and easily deploy secure VPNs. End-users can access real-time information regarding usage and intrusion attempts.

Gerry Swart, Managing Director of 5th Mountain Networks said: “5th Mountain Networks is delighted to join Mako Networks in delivering cost-effective network solutions. We see a great demand for Mako Networks solutions which offer enterprise class management solutions on broadband connections. Sophisticated network management is the key to optimising information availability and security – that’s what the Mako System provides to our customers. Mako Networks offers powerful yet easy to understand network management, central configuration and flexible connection options."

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Editors notes:

About Mako Networkswww.makonetworks.com
Mako Networks was formed in New Zealand in 2000. The patented Mako System was first made commercially available in July 2002. Mako has offices in Auckland and London and currently operates in New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, the United States, Canada and South Africa.

About 5th Mountain Networks
5th Mountain Networks was formed in South Africa in 2005, deploying the first proof-of-concept Mako Systems during February 2006. The first commercial units were made available in March 2006. 5th Mountain Networks are in the process of appointing partners and resellers that will include Telco,s Mobile Network Operators, IT integrators, resellers, and internet service providers. 5th Mountain Networks as a Vodacom Business Partner can provide the full Vodacom connectivity suite.

Editorial Contact 5th Mountain:
Cindie Nel
Email: cnel@5thmountain.co.za,
Tel: +27 828040054

Editorial Contact Mako Networks:
Andrew Davies
Email: andyd@makonetworks.com
Tel: +44 (0)1483 270130

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