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…Cable and Wireless is the overall winner in the ECTA QoS (quality of
service) carrier competition sponsored by independent voice quality of
service specialists Monnet… GNT wins the Americas region QOS award…

…millions of calls to fixed voice and mobile services measured proving
that carriers can be assessed by objective measurement…


Cable & Wireless is the overall winner of the Monnet-sponsored ECTA
Quality of Service Award. It won the international award following a
competition organised by Monnet and ECTA for European carriers. The
result was announced at ECTA 2001 in Barcelona yesterday.

Now in its second year the competition took on a truly competitive
flavour with individual awards in five geographical categories - the
Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. GNT won the Americas
region and Cable & Wireless won the remaining categories as well as top
honours for overall best carrier.

Entrants to the competition were tested over a week long period for
voice call quality, using non-intrusive monitoring technology to all
global destinations involving the measurement of millions of calls to
fixed voice and mobile services. All participants received a
confidential, quality of service report, as well as a comparison to
Monnet's QoS Benchmark - allowing them to assess their performance to
all these destinations against the industry average.

"We sponsored this competition to demonstrate our strong commitment to
international voice quality of service as the differentiator in the
marketplace - and to show that carriers can be assessed using objective
measurement tools," says Freddie Talberg, Chief Executive, Monnet.

"This has been an excellent opportunity for participants to access near
real time information on their services and to see how they're doing in
comparison with competition across the globe. Cable & Wireless came out
well ahead of the competition and must be congratulated," Talberg
concludes.

Notes for editors:

The 2000 winner of the Monnet-sponsored QoS carrier competition at ECTA
was Netherlands-based Versatel.

This is the first year that regional QoS awards were made allowing for
top regional performances to be rewarded.

About Monnet

Monnet, headquartered in London, specialises in independent voice call
quality benchmarking, monitoring and associated research, consultancy
and hardware system integration. Monnet's intrusive and non-intrusive
call monitoring/testing technology enables positive management of
quality control over switched networks. Monnet's target clients include
international telecom service providers, wholesale carriers, re-sellers
and corporates. Its ground-breaking Voice QoS Benchmarking Service was
nominated for the best Innovation award at ECTA 1999.
Visit the Monnet website: www.monnetqos.com

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.

For further editorial information, please contact:

Mike Gleeson
Archangel Communications
(for Monnet)
Tel: +44 (0)20 7953 8724
E-mail:mikegleeson@archangelcomms.com

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