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Leading international broadband Internet Protocol (IP) data and solutions
business BT Ignite is to use CityReach Paris facility to provide hosting
and value added services

London, 20 March, 2001 - CityReach International (CRI), the pan-European
provider of Internet infrastructure and managed services for the Business
Internet, today announced it has concluded an agreement with BT Ignite.
CityReach will provide 40,000 square feet of technical space and managed
services in Paris, from which BT Ignite Content Hosting, the hosting arm
of BT Ignite, will offer hosting and value added services to its

BT Ignite Content Hosting, with its already extensive network of Internet
data centres in Europe, offers customers world-class web hosting, content
delivery, applications management and e-commerce solutions.

CityReach's facilities provide the security, reliability, manageability
and scalability found in in-house data centres to the new generation of
SIs, ASPs and web hosters that service the major corporates.

Unlike traditional carrier hotels, co-location and application hosting
providers which offer little more than 'rack-based real estate' CityReach
is rooted in the mission-critical, zero tolerance, corporate IT culture
offering value through comprehensive and guaranteed managed services from
a highly secure and reliable environment.

Notes to editors

About CityReach International

Headquartered in London, with offices across Europe and the U.S.,
CityReach International (CRI) is setting the standard for the
infrastructure and managed services that form the foundation for the
Business Internet. The company is building a pan-European managed
infrastructure platform with seven high-quality, secure data centres
already operational. The CityReach International team has unrivalled
industry experience in the areas of secure, reliable data centres,
corporate application development environments, customer care and service
delivery. The company is investing over $350m in its products and
services deployment plan with backing from leading venture capitalists
including Battery Ventures, Chase Capital Partners, M/C Venture Partners,
Investcorp, Morgan Grenfell Private Equity and Vulcan Ventures
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About BT Ignite

BT Ignite - BT's broadband and Internet Protocol (IP) data and solutions
business has been created to provide a complete communications portfolio
to business customers in all major cities throughout the world.*

It is the first communications company to commit to delivering the entire
IP value chain - from core networks and Internet connectivity through to
e-commerce consultancy and solutions with a unique blend of content
hosting, application service provision, systems integration and
outsourcing capabilities.

BT Ignite is already outstripping its nearest competitors in terms of
traditional measures of route kilometres, number of hosting centres, local
sales and service support teams and depth of country coverage. In Europe
it already has more than twice the broadband reach of its nearest
competitors and by the end of 2001 will be able to deliver its portfolio
to over 250 European commercial centres over its own networks and to all
the world's commercial centres through BT's partners, alliance members and

For more information visit,

* In conjunction with Concert and other partners where required.

BT Ignite Content Hosting offers a range of web hosting, application and
networking services, utilising a world class Internet backbone. The data
centres can service a wide range of companies from major corporations to
application service providers and other Internet-centric businesses.

Internet data centres house the hardware, software and high speed
communication connections required by customers - allowing them to focus
on their core business and meet growing requirements for e-commerce.

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For media enquiries please contact:


Brodeur Worldwide

Kim Polley/Chris Warmoll

Tel: +44 (0) 1753 790700 /

CityReach International

James Tyler

Tel: +44 (0) 207 866 3527

For BT Ignite contact:

Gilly Wood

Tel: +44 (0)207 4928496


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