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Fast, reliable access to world's most popular content for Tiscali's users


Cable & Wireless, the global telecommunications group, today (19 June 2002) announced an agreement with Tiscali International Network, the carrier arm of Tiscali, the European Internet Company, to connect its Content Delivery Network (CDN) into Tiscali's pan-European network, spanning 14 countries. Cable & Wireless' growing list of content provider customers will now benefit from guaranteed high-speed and reliable connectivity to Tiscali's customer base of 7.4 million active users.


This agreement will significantly extend the pan-European penetration of Cable & Wireless' content delivery services, supplementing the coverage of its own high-speed IP network. Cable & Wireless will place its CDN server-clusters at Tiscali's points of presence (PoPs) in 14 countries across Europe, using its intelligent web-caching system to optimise the speed and accessibility of its customers' websites.


Under the terms of the agreement, Tiscali will gain a proportion of the revenue from traffic carried over its network. Customers of Cable & Wireless' CDN services include BSkyB, FT.com, MLB.com, ITV-F1, Sony Music and Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment, Sportsline.com, MSNcarview, ESPN, Microsoft, Disney Internet Group, BMG Entertainment and Cisco Learning Institute.


"We recognised that content delivery services are a crucial way to make sought-after content available to our customers at high speed, no matter where the content originates," said Paolo Susnik, President of Tiscali International Network and International CTO of Tiscali. "We are proud to be associated with such a major industry brand and are confident of developing a fruitful relationship."


"This agreement is an important step in enabling us to deliver global content close to individual desktops and homes across Europe," said Andrew McGrath, president, Service Providers, Cable & Wireless. "Tiscali has greater European coverage than any competing ISP and we expect that our agreement will significantly enhance our content delivery proposition to any content provider seeking the best possible access to web users across Europe."


DNs are a crucial tool for enterprises seeking to operate complex web sites for a globally distributed audience of customers and employees. Service providers with CDN capabilities, such as Cable & Wireless, can significantly improve the reliability and performance of their customers' web sites by ensuring that content is delivered as quickly as possible from the closest server to the end user. This means reduced travel distance for content and therefore less latency, which in turn cuts bandwidth costs as less bandwidth is required. The technique used by the Cable & Wireless CDN can improve web site performance by three to ten times, even for content that is regularly refreshed every few minutes.

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About Cable & Wireless

Cable & Wireless is a major global telecommunications business with revenue of over #5.9 billion (US$8.6 billion) in the year to 31 March 2002 and customers in 70 countries and consists of two core and complementary divisions: Cable & Wireless Regional and Cable & Wireless Global. Cable & Wireless Regional offers a full range of telecommunications services in 33 countries around the world. Cable & Wireless Global's focus for future growth is on IP (Internet protocol) and data services and solutions for business customers. It has developed advanced IP networks and value-added services in the US, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region in support of this strategy. With its financial strength and the capability of its global IP infrastructure, 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 Tiscali International Network


Tiscali International Network BV is a Tiscali S.p.A (Nuovo Mercato, Milan: TIS, Nouveau Marchi, Paris: 005773) subsidiary focused on delivering leading edge bandwidth and IP based turnkey solutions to Tiscali's subsidiaries as well as all Carriers, XSPs, large corporations.


Tiscali Network based on more than 12.000 km of long distance fibre lit by the latest generation DWDM technology, covers more than 40 European cities, and links all the main Carrier Hotels through six Metropolitan Area Networks. Tiscali IP layer, built on top of Tiscali DWDM network in Europe, is one of the most extended networks (from Czech Republic to the West Coast of the United States, from Norway to Italy and Spain). It is also one of the biggest network in Europe (2,5 Gbps of capacity everywhere) and the most interconnected one, thanks to more than 320 peering agreements with other big Carriers, ISPs and Operators. The full control of the network, and the performance of its extended, always available and massively interconnected network provide the reliability and quality to support Tiscali as the number 1 European ISP, as well as other very demanding customers.


For further information, please contact:

Claire Dell

Brodeur Worldwide (for Cable & Wireless)

Tel. + 44 (0) 1753 790700

Email cdell@uk.brodeur.com


Katherine Smailes

Cable & Wireless
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Tel. + 44 (0) 207 315 3564

Email katherine.smaile@cw.com

Elisa Lavagna

Image Building (for Tiscali)

Tel: +39 02 89011300

Email e.lavagna@imagebuilding.it


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