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Strategic relationship to consolidate Shell's global communications infrastructure and deliver leading-edge services across the organisation


Shell Information Technology International B.V. (SITI BV) and Cable & Wireless, the global telecommunications group, today (9 October 2001) announced a strategic relationship, signing a three-year contract worth over USD 250 million.

The strategic relationship enables the Royal Dutch/ Shell Group of Companies (Shell) to consolidate a series of telecommunications arrangements under a single supplier network in order to improve the management of its global telecommunications, offer a consistent quality of service throughout its global operations and lower costs by an estimated USD 50 million over the initial three year period.

"This strategic relationship is key to Shell's overall global infrastructure project as it provides us with the flexibility to introduce new technology into the business while reducing our costs. Working with Cable & Wireless, we can really boost the efficiency of our network and make it easier still for people to do eBusiness with Shell," said Thijs Kout, General Manager GI, SITI BV. "The relationship also provides a solid platform and specialist knowledge to find and test those technologies which truly offer new business opportunities for Shell."

Cable & Wireless' global data and IP-based infrastructure will provide Shell with a secure, flexible platform on which it can capitalise on new technology and add easily new applications as the business evolves. The services include voice, data and Internet services at an international and national level leveraging Shell's data centres in Houston, The Hague and Kuala Lumpur and third party management services.

"This arrangement demonstrates that Cable & Wireless is a logical partner for global organisations seeking technical expertise, global presence and experience and genuine long-term commitment from a financially strong supplier," said Doug Loewe, President, Enterprise Markets, Cable & Wireless. "We have been working with Shell over a number of years to develop tailored solutions for their individual requirements, and we look forward to delivering this extensive project."


About Shell Information Technology International B.V. (SITI BV)

SITI BV is a company within the Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Companies (Group) and is part of its single, global IT community. This community is referred to as IT for Shell. The expression "IT for Shell" is a trading style used by a community of separate companies and other organisational entities within the Royal Dutch/ Shell Group, which operate in the field of Information Technology. The expression is used for convenience in contexts where reference is made to these entities in general or where no useful purpose is served by identifying the particular entity concerned.

For more information about Shell, go to http://www.shell.com


About Cable & Wireless

Cable & Wireless is a major global telecommunications business with revenue of over
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

Cable & Wireless and the Globe Device are registered trademarks of Cable and Wireless plc.


Kate Hill
Shell International
Tel: 020 7934 2914
Email: Kate.B.Hill@SI.Shell.com
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