Cable & Wireless, the global telecommunications group, today (22 January
2001) announced it is to supply News Corporation, one of the world's
largest media companies, with global telecommunications services worth
approximately $100 million over the next three years.
The services, to be used by News Corp companies around the world such as
News International, HarperCollins, STAR TV and News Ltd (Australia), will
range from voice through to data and internet services. The framework deal
marks the start of a global alliance between the two companies. Cable &
Wireless services will be used to boost News Corp's development of a
seamless integrated packet-switched network to support voice, video, data
and internet services for its offices worldwide.
"Cable & Wireless impressed us with the breadth of its services - from
data and internet services through to traditional voice," said Joseph
Burke, vice president telecommunications, News Corporation. "But what
impressed us most was the company's global reach - it has a strong
presence in all the countries where our companies are based, in particular
the US, UK, Asia and Australia."
"Cable & Wireless is delighted to continue to support News Corp as it
builds on its position as the world's leader in providing news,
entertainment and information services," said Phil Burchell, Senior Vice
President Global Markets. "We will work closely with News Corp to meet
its evolving global communications needs from traditional services to
best-in-class IP solutions."
Cable & Wireless has had successful long-term relationships with a number
of News Corp companies around the world. This announcement marks the
beginning of a new strategic alliance on a truly global level between
Cable & Wireless and News Corp providing consistent global service levels
and maximum pricing efficiency for all News Corp companies who take
services from Cable & Wireless.
About Cable & Wireless
Cable & Wireless is a major global telecommunications business with
revenue of over £9 billion (US$14 billion) in the year to 31 March 2000
and customers in 70 countries. Its operations around the world offer a
full range of telecommunications services. Cable & Wireless' focus for
future growth is on IP (internet protocol) and data services and solutions
for business customers. It is developing advanced IP networks and
value-added services in the US, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region in
support of this strategy. With the capability of its global IP
infrastructure and its strength in key markets, Cable & Wireless holds a
unique position in terms of global coverage and services to business
customers. For more information about Cable & Wireless, go to www.cw.com.
Cable & Wireless and the Globe Device are registered trademarks of Cable
and Wireless plc.
About News Corp
The News Corporation Limited (NYSE: NWS, NWS.A; ASX: NCP, NCPDP; LSE:
NEWCP)is one of the world's largest media companies with total assets as
of September 30, 2000 of approximately US$38 billion and total annual
revenues of approximately US$14 billion. News Corporation's diversified
global operations in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom,
Australia, Latin America and the Pacific Basin include the production and
distribution of motion pictures and television programming; television,
satellite and cable broadcasting; the publication of newspapers,
magazines, books; the production and distribution of promotional and
advertising products and services; the development of digital
broadcasting; the development of conditional access and subscriber
management systems; and the creation and distribution of popular on-line
programming. For more information about News Corporation, please visit
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