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Applications such as e-Booking, e-Prescribing and e-Records to be rolled out Key element of NHSIAs mission to deliver 21st century IT support for the NHS

Cable & Wireless, the global telecommunications group, today (16 January 2002) announced that it will participate in a major new upgrade of the NHSs network infrastructure, in an extension to its existing contract with the NHS Information Authority (NHSIA).

The network upgrade is a key element of the NHSIAs mission to deliver 21st century IT support for the NHS. It will support the NHS-wide rollout of applications such as e-Booking, e-Prescriptions and e-Records and is aimed at improving the efficiency of NHS processes and ultimately patient care.

The upgrade will allow information to be exchanged far faster and with greater reliability between NHS bodies, giving staff easier access to essential information (patient/case notes, test results) and distance learning. It will also enable the roll-out of sophisticated applications aimed directly at improving the efficiency with which the NHS serves its patients.

Cable & Wireless has been an incumbent supplier of the NHSnet, the private IP intranet for the NHS, since 1995, and connects over 4000 NHS sites, hospitals and GP surgeries to the network. Cable & Wireless will upgrade over 2000 connections - all English GPs will be upgraded from ISDN2 to 256Kbps and all Acute and Primary Care Trusts in England to at least 2Mbps.

The upgrade programme will start immediately and is due for completion by March 2004. Cable & Wireless will work closely with the NHSIA to agree the roll-out programme and achieve a solid and reliable network infrastructure.

This bandwidth upgrade is a great step forward in modernising the way the NHS operates and we are delighted to be involved, said Gareth James, Chief Operating Officer, UK, Cable & Wireless. By e-enabling its processes, the organisation will see major improvements in terms of cost, time and efficiency but most importantly, patients will benefit. This agreement consolidates our relationship with the NHS far beyond the initial three years and will demonstrate clearly the benefits that IP infrastructure can bring to a major national organisation.

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

For more information, please contact:

Tara Salgado

Cable & Wireless

Tel: +44 (0)20 7315 4184


Henny Valder

Brodeur Worldwide (for Cable & Wireless)

Tel: +44 (0)207 298 7075


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