ING Selects IPC’s IQ/MAX Trading Desktop

New York – 19 March 2007

Global Financial Services Company ING works towards defining a global technology standard with IPC

IPC announced today that ING Investment Management Americas, one of the world’s largest investment firms, has upgraded its New York City trading floor with IPC’s state-of-the art trader desktop, IQ/MAX. IPC is a leading provider of mission-critical communications solutions to global enterprises, serving financial services institutions in more than 40 countries. More than 105,000 traders around the world rely on an IPC desktop every day.

ING, which offers banking, insurance, and asset management in over 50 countries, has high requirements for connectivity, security, and dependability in its trading environment. An IPC client for over ten years, ING has elected to upgrade its trading floor infrastructure to an Alliance switch with IQ/MAX turrets for its ING Investment Management organization. This organization works closely with portfolio managers and traders who support hedge funds on a daily basis and require a host of customizable options. IQ/MAX gives ING’s traders a competitive edge with several new features, such as call history, caller ID, contact sensitive displays and an assortment of customizable options that competitors could not offer. IQ/MAX is the first trader desktop to be based on primary research conducted by IPC with more than 300 actual traders. IQ/MAX debuted in New York in March 2006 and in other cities around the world throughout the year.

Martin Ratajczak, Telecommunications Manager, ING Investment Management Americas says, “IPC has a strong track record that demonstrates a clear understanding of how to best meet ING’s business needs. IPC delivers a trading environment that is redundant and secure, which is further enhanced by their level of dependability, devotion to customer service and ability to act quickly and effectively even in extreme situations--- commodities prized by all financial services institutions. “

Lance Boxer, CEO of IPC says, “We are pleased by the long-standing, positive relationship that we’ve established with ING as we continue to lead the industry in providing the most forward-looking solutions and services in the marketplace. IQ/MAX is designed not only to offer the best technology, but to be comprehensive and customizable in order to meet the specific needs of the firm and of the individual trader. Whether it’s a full implementation or an upgrade, one of IPC’s main goals is to make that transition as seamless, painless and as easy an adjustment as possible.”

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