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Friday, January 25, 2002 1:00PM IST (7:30AM GMT)
HCL Infosystems and Department of Posts sign Memorandum of Understanding
Strategic alliance to market entire range of consumer products through post offices
New Delhi, Delhi, India

HCL Infosystems Ltd (HCL Insys), India's premier information enabling company, and Department of Posts has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) whereby HCL Insys will market its entire consumer product range through the extensive network of post offices across the country.

The MoU executed through HCL Insys' Office Automation division, will allow the company in a revenue sharing agreement, to display and retail its consumer products including Bean Stalk PC's, Toshiba laptops, HCL InfiNet's Internet access packs, Nokia cell phones, franking machines, Pitney Bowes mail inserting systems and mass mailing solutions through the post offices across the country. HCL Insys will provide sales training to post office personnel.

Signing the MoU, Mr B N Som, Secretary, Department of Posts, Government of India, said, "This is a landmark agreement for the Department of Posts. It is our vision to make the department more consumer focused and providing value added services like these is very much a part of our business strategy. In this direction, we have already tied-up with various service providers such as IDBI, western Union, ICICI prudential, Standard Chartered, UTI Bank, etc."

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Ajai Chowdhry, Chairman & CEO, HCL Infosystems Ltd., said, "The Department of Posts has an unmatched reach and penetration with its 1,50,000 strong post offices network in the country. By using this extensive network of post offices, we will be able to reach out to consumers in the remotest part of the country. It will help us to achieve deeper penetration and make our products more accessible to the consumers. The tie-up will enable us to pursue our mission of making the benefits of information technology more accessible to the masses."

To begin with, HCL Infosystems will undertake a pilot project for 3-6 months in two states, namely Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh at six post offices in Chennai, Coimbatore, Trichy, Madurai, Erode and Secunderabad. Following this, the company will by the end of the year target 500 post offices for marketing its products.

HCL Insys is one of the oldest and largest IT company in the country. The company has had a consistent track record for leadership and innovation and maintained its top position in the market despite facing various obstacles. The company has recently been adjudged the number one PC company in India by IDC and continues its tradition of introducing the latest technologies and products at most competitive prices to the consumers. The company was the first to launch the Pentium 4 PC's below the Rs. 40,000 price barrier. It followed by being the first company to launch the Pentium 4 servers. The company is the largest distributor of Nokia cell phones in the country and also the exclusive distributor of Toshiba laptops. The company has the largest sales and support network in the country with direct presence in 151 locations.

About the Department of Post
The Department of Posts, which operates under the aegis of the Indian Ministry of Communications, has the largest postal network in the world. Its apex management body, the Postal Service Board, operates through an extensive system consisting of nine 'postal circles' that encompass each state and the remotest corners of the Indian subcontinent. The Department also takes care of the postal communication needs of the Armed Forces. The workforce of the Department of Posts strives 'to provide high quality mail, parcel and related services in India and across the world.'

About HCL Infosystems
HCL Insys, an information enabler, offers its customers technology solutions across multiple platforms. This is as a result of its expertise in developing state-of-the-art indigenous enterprise solutions; understanding of the networking technology; its design capabilities in product engineering; integrating diverse hardware components and its access to specialised technology for turnkey projects through partnerships with various world class players.

With a definite and distinct focus on enterprise solutions and personal computers, HCL Infosystems (HCL Insys) has direct customer service centres at 151 locations, 3 software export factories and state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities. HCL Insys has five overseas business entities in US, UK, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and Canada. HCL Insys manufacturing process are ISO 9001 certified, while its software development processes have achieved SEI CMM Level 4. The company has an Internet subsidiary - HCL InfiNet Limited that is a leading Network Services Provider. With a mission statement to provide world-class information technology solutions and services to enable its customers to serve their customers better, HCL Insys is setting new standards of information technology in India. Information about HCL Infosystems is available from the company's website at URL http://www.hclinfosystems.com.

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Mr Ajai Chowdhry, Chairman & CEO, HCL Infosystems Ltd