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XON, Procera Networks establish sub-Sahara Africa partnership


Johannesburg, 04 Oct 2013
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Bertus Marais, GM of business development at XON.
Bertus Marais, GM of business development at XON.

XON has cemented a partnership agreement with Procera Networks, the global Internet intelligence company, to distribute, implement and support the OEM vendor's intelligent policy enforcement (IPE) PacketLogic products that provide actionable network intelligence and policy enforcement for network operators.

These products give network operators, both mobile and fixed line, real-time visibility, better performance, scalability and personalised services, and enable corporations to deliver bring your own device (BYOD) and cloud services.

"Procera has done its homework with deep packet inspection and policy enforcement, giving telecommunications service providers the ability to gain unprecedented awareness and control of their networks. This empowers marketing staff at those organisations to get real insights into what customers are doing and want from their network service provider so they can tailor-make services for different segments of their customer base," says Bertus Marais, GM of business development at XON. "Service providers can now give their customers much richer services, instead of selling a simplistic flat data bundle, based on volume and throughput, regardless of its purpose. Now, for example, they will be able to offer consumers packages segmented by application, device, priority, and time or day of the week associated with different volumes and throughput speeds."

Procera Networks' PacketLogic solutions complement XON's existing solution stack for customised ICT solutions specifically for the telecommunications service provider and enterprise markets aimed at driving down the cost of infrastructure and operations and discovering and capitalising on new revenue streams through innovative technology solutions.

"Procera's global expansion now includes South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa, bolstering our ability to address those high-growth markets that are moving rapidly from less-refined DPI technology to more sophisticated IPE, wherein Procera excels," says Justine Ferreira, account director, EMEA at Procera Networks. "Our markets in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Central and Latin America (CALA), and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS counties) have shown considerable growth of Procera Networks installations and increased our footprint dramatically through dedication and commitment to building long-term relationships with our customers and regional channel partners within these regions. The result of that commitment clearly proves that speed-to-market can only be achieved through close proximity and business intimacy with our customers and local partners."

Justine Ferreira and Dr Werner V.D. Walt, Solutions Engineer EMEA at Procera Networks, based in Johannesburg, South Africa, will support XON's success in the region with the strong backing of Procera Networks' global pool of resources and a company clearly among the leading innovators in the IPE market. Procera's PacketLogic solutions are used by carriers, broadband providers and higher education institutions for high-performance, scalable IPE and application delivery networking deployments. PacketLogic solutions are deployed at customers in more than 60 countries worldwide and has the largest, most robust IPE offering in the industry.

XON's engineers have already successfully completed Procera Networks' certification. XON has offices in Midrand, Durban, Cape Town, Namibia, Kenya, DRC and Guinea Conakry, and maintains a presence through partnerships in 16 sub-Saharan African countries. It is a Level 3 EmpowerLogic-certified BBBEE business and consists of networking and security, infrastructure, electrical, power generation, alternative energy, maintenance, consulting and outsource services divisions.

Procera Network's local team, established in South Africa in May 2013 with the key purpose of building and growing Procera Networks' global footprint in sub-Saharan Africa, follows Procera's plans to expand its global office network to include regional distribution hubs, testing facilities and customer support centres. Procera believes this extended level of support is critical in assisting operators and service providers to address burgeoning mobile broadband traffic levels and to meet subscriber demands for a personalised experience and services.

XON

XON was established in 1996 and designs, builds, operates and manages information and communication technology (ICT) solutions. It is a Level 3 EmpowerLogic-certified BBEEE black-empowered business that embraces social responsibility and upliftment. Kapela Holdings, a BEE investment business, owns a 40% stake in XON.

XON operates retail, networking and security, infrastructure, electrical, power generation, alternative energy and maintenance, as well as consulting and outsource services in the parent company and through wholly owned subsidiaries. XON is a Juniper Elite Partner and also partners with some of the world's most prominent software and hardware OEMs, such as Symantec, ADVA, APC, Polycom, HP, Microsoft, Pricer and F5 to deliver customised solutions that give customers an edge through technology.

XON maintains its head office in Midrand, with regional head offices in Durban and Cape Town and branches in Namibia, Kenya, DRC and Guinea Conakry. XON has sales and support offices in every province of South Africa and maintains a presence through partnerships in more than 16 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

For more information, visit www.xon.co.za.

Procera Networks

Procera Networks (NASDAQ: PKT) delivers Internet intelligence solutions designed for carriers, service providers and enterprises worldwide. Procera's PacketLogic solutions provide actionable intelligence and policy enforcement to ensure a high-quality experience for any Internet-connected device. Network operators deploy Procera's technology to enable real-time visibility, superior performance and scalability, and to deliver personalised services for millions of enterprises and consumers. For more information, visit www.proceranetworks.com or follow Procera on Twitter at @ProceraNetworks.

Cautionary note regarding forward-looking statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements relating to the anticipated timing of revenue recognition and the ability of the products and solutions provided by Procera Networks to meet the requirements of advanced communications networks and achieve customer acceptance for its products. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, as well as assumptions that, if they do not fully materialise or prove incorrect, could cause results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including risks related to the acceptance and adoption of its products; its ability to service and upgrade its products; lengthy sales cycles and lab and field trial delays by service providers; its dependence on a limited product line; its dependence on key employees; its ability to compete in its industry with companies that are significantly larger and have greater resources; its ability to protect its intellectual property rights in a global market; its ability to manufacture product quickly enough to meet potential demand; and other risks and uncertainties described more fully in its documents filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission. More information about these and other risks that may impact Procera Networks' business are set forth in its Form 10-K filed for the year ended 31 December 2012 and in subsequent filings. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to the company as of the date hereof, and it assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

Press contact
Bob Eastwood
Engage PR for Procera Networks
(510) 748 8200 x215
beastwood@engagepr.com

Investor Relations Contact
Nicole Noutsios
NMN Advisors
(510) 315 1003
ir@nmnadvisors.com

Editorial contacts
Scarlet Letter Michelle Oelschig (083) 636 1766 michelle@scarletletter.co.za
Justine Ferreria (082) 780 6560 Justine.ferreria@proceranetworks.com
XON Bertus Marais (011) 237 4500 bertus@xon.co.za
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