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Cable & Wireless, the global telecommunications company, today (17 July 2002) announced it is to provide O2, the pan-European mobile data and communications group, with a range of internet services to support O2's online operations throughout the UK, Ireland, Germany and the Netherlands.

The contract, worth more than £3 million in the first year, builds on existing relationships between Cable & Wireless and BT Cellnet for the supply of connectivity and between Exodus and Genie for hosting services, before O2 was created earlier this year. The contract makes Cable & Wireless' internet services available to all O2 business units requiring support for their internal and external web sites.

Formed from five mobile subsidiaries and the Genie mobile internet portal, O2 provides business and consumer mobile data and internet services, and has recently launched a set of bandwidth-intensive multi-media GPRS services. O2 is using Cable & Wireless to host its customer sites, interactive developer portals and billing platform, as well as manage the high volume of page impressions, user sessions, interactions and transactions between user groups and hosted resources.

"As a leader in Europe's always-on mobile internet, we are extremely focused on the experience consumers have with our services, and are aggressively developing new media-rich services as the mobile internet evolves," says Colin Knight, vice president, Global Platform Operations, O2 On-line. "We require architecture and an environment that has the resilience to meet our current demands and the scalability to meet the sharp growth in content volume and subscriber interactions."

The contract demonstrates that the acquisition of selected assets of Exodus (February 2002) enables Cable & Wireless to sell a full range of complementary managed services to its existing customers. Cable & Wireless also provides other services to O2 UK (formerly BT Cellnet), including mobile traffic services and always-on data roaming services through Cable & Wireless GRX (GPRS Exchange.) Unlike WAP mobile internet services, GPRS provides always-on connectivity and the opportunity to access desktop-like content from mobile devices.

Cable & Wireless' internet services for O2 encompass managed network connectivity, secure data centre hosting, including around-the-clock support, and professional services to support the implementation and launch of individual sites, working hand-in-hand with O2's managed service partners, including Cap Gemini Ernst & Young and IBM. To date, in addition to hosting the multi-lingual European O2 portal, Cable & Wireless has supported the development of three new platforms: a GPRS and data service test platform, the group's billing platform and an extranet for software developers to create applications for GSM and GPRS services.

"As next-generation mobile services evolve, the internet will play an increasing role in shaping O2's service offering. We have helped O2 to develop a standard set of best practices for the roll-out and hosting of its ground-breaking services, enhancing its launch in an efficient and timely manner," says Andrew McGrath, president, Service Providers, Cable & Wireless.

With Cable & Wireless, O2 will benefit from guaranteed bandwidth for large volumes of international traffic. All online resources are housed in one of Cable & Wireless' data centres, which is connected to a trunk node of Cable & Wireless' tier one global IP network.


About Cable & Wireless

Cable & Wireless is a major global telecommunications business with revenue of over £5.9 billion (US.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

About O2
mmO2 has 100% ownership of mobile network operators in four countries - the UK, Germany, the Netherlands and Ireland - as well as a leading mobile internet portal business. All of these businesses have now been re-branded as O2. Additionally, the company has operations on the Isle of Man (Manx Telecom).

mmO2 was the first company in the world to launch and rollout a commercial GPRS (or 2.5G) network and has secured third generation mobile telephony ("3G") licences in the UK, the Netherlands, and Germany. mmO2 has also applied for a 3G licence in Ireland.

mmO2 has approximately 17. 5 million customers and some 14,000 employees, with revenues for the year ended 31 March 2002 of £4,276 million. Data represented 13.4% of total service revenues in the quarter ending 31 March 2002.

For further information, please contact:

Claire Dell/Lisa Atherfold
Brodeur Worldwide (for Cable & Wireless)
Tel: 01753 790700

Katherine Smailes
Cable & Wireless
Tel: 020 7315 3564


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