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Cable & Wireless, the global telecommunications group, today (18 September 2001) announced a collaboration with leading SMS (Short Message Service) Gateway Provider, Quios. The companies will work closely together to deliver to their combined customer base a scaleable and robust global platform on which enterprises, web portals, ISPs and telecommunications carriers can build sophisticated revenue-generating wireless data services.


To date, sending SMS messages over the internet has been unpredictable, but this agreement intends to bring reliable, cost efficient SMS routing, based on IP, to the marketplace. Cable & Wireless will host and maintain Quios' SMS Gateway from its hosting centre in San Jose, USA, providing IP connectivity through Cable & Wireless' high-speed global network. A second gateway will be managed and hosted from Cable & Wireless' recently launched Paris hosting centre later this year.


Quios' SMS Gateway, which provides access to 400 mobile operators throughout the world, will run on Cable & Wireless' high speed IP network. This combination of technology and expertise will provide customers with a reliable, global infrastructure upon which they can create and build services and take advantage of the fast-growing market for real-time SMS.


"Quios expects to see massive corporate uptake of sensibly priced SMS services over the next 12 months," said Marc Vanlerberghe, President and CEO Quios. "We needed an industry-leading provider of internet services to support our SMS gateway - Cable & Wireless not only has the global scale we require, but also an unrivalled number of channels into crucial customer markets. Its expertise in delivering highly reliable IP-based hosting services, together with Quios' skills in SMS routing and management, will enable customers to build, quickly, real-time messaging solutions."


"This agreement is further evidence of Cable & Wireless' leading position in the web hosting and IP connectivity market," said Andrew McGrath, President, Service Providers, Cable & Wireless. "Our high quality backbone coupled with Quios' leading position in the SMS delivery market place will allow both companies to continue to drive this high growth market."


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About Cable & Wireless


Cable & Wireless is a major global telecommunications business with revenue of over #8 billion (US$11 billion) in the year to 31 March 2001 and customers in 70 countries. 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 http://www.cw.com


About Quios


eWingz Systems, Inc. which is doing business under the name 'Quios' (pronounced Kee-Os) is a leading mobile services company providing high quality, cross-carrier SMS services to businesses worldwide. The company's network extends to over 400 wireless carriers in Europe, Asia Pacific, and the US. It is capable of handling 2-way, 8bit, EMS messaging with end-to-end message tracking and reporting, thanks to its advanced dynamic routing and billing engine.


The Quios Messaging Platform (QMP) is proven and highly scalable. Since inception over 150 million messages have been sent to over 20 million users. Leading portals, content providers, carriers and international corporations, who require high quality Service Level Agreements, favour the platform. While leading software developers and application providers incorporate the QMP programmatically into their products to make available sophisticated messaging functions. The company has operations in San Francisco, London, and Paris, is managed by an eclectic mix of dynamic industry professionals and is backed by a leading international venture capital firm.


For further information please contact:


Brodeur Worldwide
Henrietta Valder / Lisa Atherfold
Tel: 01753 790700


Cable & Wireless
Nicola Porter, Global PR Director
Tel: 020 7315 4031


Quios
UK Oscar Jenkins, VP Marketing
EWingz Systems Inc ( Quios)
Tel: + 44 (0)20 7689 0100
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