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Real-time Internet and Corporate Intranet Access Provided by Connexion by Boeing for International Business Travelers Gives New Meaning to the Term 'Telecommuter'

SAN FRANCISCO, 4 December 2002 -- Connexion by Boeing, the breakthrough high-speed mobile information service provider, has extended its relationship with Cable & Wireless, enlisting the company to provide professional services including network and security architecture design support.

Working together with network and security consultants from Cable & Wireless, the Connexion by Boeing team is augmenting its in-house expertise as the company prepares to introduce airborne connectivity service to international travelers in early 2003. "Simply put, delivering end-user data in a secure and robust broadband architecture is our highest priority and the basis for our business case," said Connexion by Boeing Chief Technology Officer, Robert Dietterle. "The extension of our relationship with Cable & Wireless allows us to tap into their vast experience in data and network security, while providing additional assurances to passengers and airline operators that their real-time communications and data transmissions are secure."

Both Lufthansa and British Airways will offer a three-month service demonstration to trans-Atlantic passengers starting in the first quarter of 2003. Japan Airlines, which serves the Asia-to-Europe flight routes with one of the highest concentrations of technology-savvy travelers, also will be offering the broadband service on 10 of their long-range aircraft and Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) also has announced plans to introduce the service for its customers. As a result, international business travelers will be able to choose from an array of real-time services, including broadband Internet access, VPN access to corporate intranets, and the real-time transmission and receipt of data, giving new meaning to the term 'telecommuter.'

Leisure passengers also will be able to use their laptops and web-enabled personal devices to surf the Internet while on board, check destination weather and travel reports, and have broader access to audio and video entertainment content. The Connexion by Boeing service also provides airline operators with in-flight access to aircraft and crew data that can help to streamline operational efficiencies. 'We believe the added flexibility and convenience offered by in-flight connectivity will not only result in increased productivity for business travelers and additional choices for leisure passengers, but may also prove to be a competitive marketing advantage and cost-saving for the commercial airlines offering the service,' stated Dietterle.

'Were pleased to be supporting Connexion by Boeing as they approach another milestone in real-time, airborne communications,' stated Bill Hancock, Chief Security Officer, Cable & Wireless America. 'The network security architecture and design work performed by our professional services team will help ensure that business travelers receive reliable and secure communications services from Connexion by Boeing.'

About Connexion by Boeing

Connexion by Boeing is a mobile information services provider that is bringing the fastest available high-speed Internet, data and entertainment connectivity to aircraft in flight. The service is currently available to the executive services market in the U.S., which includes operators of private and government aircraft. Connexion by Boeing also remains on track with leading European carrier Lufthansa to begin service demonstration in January 2003 followed by the commencement of service trials with British Airways in February 2003. In July Connexion by Boeing and Japan Airlines announced a Letter of Intent to install the innovative service on 10 of its long-haul aircraft serving routes between Japan and Europe. SAS also recently announced its intent to install the innovative service on its long-hail fleet. For additional information, visit the Connexion by Boeing web site at

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 80 countries. It 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, with major businesses in the Caribbean, Panama, the Middle East and Macau. Cable & Wireless Global provides IP (internet protocol), voice and data services and managed 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. Building on its strong national businesses in the UK and Japan, Cable & Wireless Global will focus on serving primarily multinational companies (both enterprises and service providers) in the US, UK, continental Europe and Japan/Asia. For more information about Cable & Wireless, go to

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