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F5 Networks' BIG-IP Link Controller Selected 'Best New Product' at Wireless Japan 2002

F5's winning product provides a switch-based solution for 'route control', achieving top honors at the Wireless Japan exhibition

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the leading provider of Internet Traffic Management (ITM) products, today announced that F5's BIG-IP® Link Controller was named 'Best New Product' at the Wireless Japan 2002 exhibition for its outstanding and innovative approach to bringing complete reliability to WAN (wide area network) connectivity. By analyzing ISP connections and directing traffic over the best provider, the BIG-IP Link Controller enables customers to easily scale multiple ISPs and achieve dependable, low cost Internet access. Wireless Japan is the largest exhibition in Japan, introducing the most advanced hardware and software for MOBILE & WIRELESS technologies and business. The show winners are selected by exhibition attendees who cast their votes for the best new product at the Wireless tradeshow.

"Attendance at this year's Wireless Japan increased over 20% compared to last year and we were able to offer broad exposure to vendors of diversified wireless network and mobile applications and services," said Kenji Hashii, Deputy Branch Manager and Group Project Director at E.J. Krause & Associates, Inc. "ITS (Intelligent Transport System) and other solutions offering integration of mobile devices and applications received a lot of attention, proving that mobile commerce is definitely moving towards the forefront. We greatly appreciate a networking company like F5 whose innovation is not bound to the framework of the network and are looking forward to what F5 will introduce next year."

Early on, F5 Networks has supported web services for cellular phones (e.g. i-Mode) and has captured attention and market share by introducing superior high availability solutions that address real business requirements and end-user needs. In addition to the BIG-IP Link Controller, F5's exclusive iControl™ feature was also well received at the exhibition. iControl is the industry's first open application programming interface (API) to create intercommunication between 3rd party applications and the network via F5's products.

"F5 was proud to participate in Wireless Japan 2002 and we are very honored to receive this award for the second year. This award certainly validates F5's No. 1 market share position in Japan," said Tim Goodwin, Vice President and Country Manager of F5 Networks Japan. "As the integration of portable devices and wireless technology with web services accelerates, building the right infrastructure that supports such integration will be a critical success factor for enterprises and service providers. With our market leading intelligent and adaptable ITM solutions, F5 is in prime position to further advance the mobile market."

About F5 Networks

F5 Networks is the leader in Internet Traffic Management (ITM) and delivers application aware networks through its open Internet Control Architecture. F5 features the industry's leading set of integrated products and services that manage, control and optimize Internet traffic and content. Our solutions automatically and intelligently deliver the best possible Internet performance and availability for service providers, enterprises and e-businesses. Our products remove bandwidth congestion and optimize the availability and speed of mission-critical Internet servers and applications, including web publishing, content delivery, e-commerce, caching, firewalls and more. Our solutions are widely deployed in large enterprises, the top service providers, financial institutions, government agencies, healthcare, and portals throughout the world. The company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, and has offices throughout North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. F5 Networks is located on the web at

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