ZyXEL Among the First to be Granted a Carbon Footprint Label in Taiwan

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July 01, 2010

Hsinchu, Taiwan, July 1, 2010 – ZyXEL Communications (TSE: 2391), the world's leading broadband access solutions provider, announced today, that the ZyXEL Wireless ADSL2+ Router has been granted a carbon footprint label by Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) in Taiwan. ZyXEL is among the first group of Taiwan companies to achieve this distinction, and is also the first networking equipment maker to receive this honor.

With the international community placing a growing emphasis on disclosing carbon footprint information, the Taiwan government announced the carbon footprint labeling system to help businesses gear themselves up to the global trend of making products greener and of helping to mitigate global warming. ZyXEL is the first networking company to be approved for the carbon footprint label in Taiwan and is also applying for a global carbon footprint certification.

Before the label system was even introduced, ZyXEL had already started a carbon emission calculation of its products, including each stage of a product's lifecycle from raw material, manufacturing, delivering, consumer usage, discarding, and then to recycling. By learning the true numbers through viewing the carbon footprint calculations, the consumer will thoroughly understand the environmental impact they are causing, by using the electronic products and comprehend their responsibility in helping to reduce the carbon footprint.

ZyXEL not only complies with the EU directives and compels its suppliers and self to meet international customers' environmental-friendly requests, but it has also completed a "Coordinated Information System" establishment and carbon emission investigation. Through use of the "Coordinated Information System", "Green Product Database", "Life Cycle Analysis System", "3R and disassembly Report Database" and "Restriction of Hazardous Substances Management System", ZyXEL aggressively controls its environmental impact in the entire lifecycle of all of its products, in its commitment, and in its responsibility as a corporate citizen in developing a low-toxic, waste-reducing, easily recyclable and energy-efficient product.

In addition to finding different ways to reduce the carbon emission of a product, production and of the supplier chain, ZyXEL also adopts an energy-saving and environmental-friendly concept for product development. Because the largest share of energy consumption in the life cycle of an electronic product is due to the consumer, ZyXEL has developed many energy-efficient technologies for its green products. ZyXEL green products features include Power Usage Adjustment, Wireless Scheduling, Wake on Demand, Smart Fan Control and Intelligent Power over Ethernet that help consumers to reduce the amount of carbon emission when they use their electronic products.

As a responsible global corporate citizen, ZyXEL will be aggressively seeking innovative 'green ways' to develop its products and technologies for a better environment, and is committed to taking all the necessary steps required, to further reduce its green house gas emission levels.

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About ZyXEL Communications
ZyXEL Communications Corp., founded in 1989 and headquartered in Taiwan, is the leading provider of complete broadband access solutions. As one of the early modem manufacturers, ZyXEL has undergone many transformations in the fast-paced networking industry. Today, ZyXEL is one of the few companies in the world capable of offering complete networking solutions of Telco, SME/Enterprise, and Digital Home for a wide range of deployment scenarios. Telco solutions include Wired and Wireless Access Network Equipments, Networking Customer Premises Equipments, and Carrier Switches. SME and Enterprise solutions include Unified Security Gateways, LAN Switches, WLAN, and IP Telephony. Digital Home solutions include Network Connectivity Devices and Multimedia Solutions.

The company has 3200 employees and distributors in 70 countries, reaching more than 150 regional markets. The ZyXEL Communications Corp. includes more than 30 subsidiaries and sales offices and two research and development centers worldwide. For more information, visit the company's Website, http://www.zyxel.com.

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