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Introducing the advertising industry’s first high-speed download service

London, 14th March, 2001 - Sohonet, the global leader in high-speed digital interconnections to the media, film and creative industries, has signed a contract with Xtreme Information to create high-speed, cost-effective customer access to its
commercials archive.

Xtreme Information, the world's largest archive of TV commercials enables advertisers and their agencies to access vital strategic marketing intelligence and to monitor and track competitor activity. This information that was previously only available on VT, CD Rom and more recently via the internet, will now be available for high-speed downloading via Sohonet’s direct digital access services.

By connecting at local level to the Sohonet Metropolitan Area Network (MAN), advertising agencies can access Xtreme Informations’ database and rapidly download large files of up to 100 Mbit/s, through one simple link.

“Client requirements are constantly changing and we were keen to offer multi-channel access to our services,” said Dan Levin, CEO, Xtreme Information. “Sohonet’s broadband capabilities enable us to do this cost-effectively whilst maintaining the highest level of quality and service.”

“Xtreme Information is an established and integral service within the advertising industry. By utilising Sohonet, Xtreme can offer its services in the most appropriate manner for the changing demands of this market,” said Gareth Wredden, managing director, Sohonet.

Sohonet is part of neoscorp, a leading UK provider of high-bandwidth, end-to-end communications solutions. Sohonet’s vast level of experience, combined with the backing of neoscorp, enables it to provide a range of services for the media industry that is unrivalled anywhere in the world.

About Sohonet

Sohonet provides a specialised digital network service for the media industry. The service offers high-speed, high-capacity connectivity on a flexible basis and enables film & TV producers, post-production facilities and advertising agencies to exchange professional quality sound, pictures and internet content electronically. The network also supports high-speed internet access and e-mail.

For more information, please visit the Sohonet web site at: http://www.sohonet.co.uk


About Xtreme Information

Founded in 1983 (originally called TV Register), Xtreme is the world's largest archive of TV commercials, growing at the rate of 7000 new spots each month from over 50 countries, and with ads going back to the 1960's.

Xtreme provide one-off or continuous tracking of competitors' new commercials across all markets and compilations of the best and most interesting new creative work irrespective of product categories. Also available is press, radio and poster monitoring and more recently the tracking of web-site banner advertising.

Xtreme can provide information on tape, as hard copy, on CD Rom, via the internet or via Sohonet’s high speed direct digital access services.

For further details either contact Xtreme Information directly on 0207 871 8080 or visit their website at http://www.xtremeinfo.co.uk


About neoscorp

Founded by Lord Young of Graffham, neoscorp is the holding company for neosnetworks - formerly Inter Digital Networks (IDN) - Sohonet and MASE. The neoscorp group of companies focuses primarily on the UK market, providing end-to end vertically integrated communications solutions to UK enterprises across both public and private sectors.

Having increased revenues four-fold and more than doubled its customer base during 2000, neoscorp’s success stems from a strong customer focus and unrivalled understanding and experience of the UK telecoms market. Further, as owner and operator of neosnetÔ - one of the most advanced optical fibre networks in the UK - neoscorp is able to provide customers with fast network services across a wide geographical spread.

The company’s investors include Young Associates, 3i and Dolphin Communications, a US-based telecom-focused fund. Debt financing is provided by GATX Telecom Investors II, L.L.C. Lord Young serves as chairman of the board and the management team is lead by John Wheeler, CEO.

For more information, please visit the neoscorp web site at: http://www.neoscorp.co.uk


For further information, please contact:
Nelson Bostock Communications

Daniel Walker
020 7229 4400
daniel.walker@nelsonbostock.com

Sarah Griffiths
020 7229 4400
sarah.griffiths@nelsonbostock.com




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