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Cable & Wireless, the global telecommunications group, today (25 April 2003) announced that it has been selected by NTL to carry the UK cable operator’s international IP data traffic. The company joins three other premium IP transit providers to ensure that NTL’s internet product range maintains its reputation for high quality performance.

NTL sought an IP transit provider that can deliver the high levels of quality, reliability and availability it required in order to satisfy its growing broadband internet customer base. It selected Cable & Wireless because the resilience and low latency of its network translates into fast and reliable internet access for customers.

As one of the leading providers of broadband in the UK with over 650,000 customers, NTL also wanted a provider with sufficient scale and capabilities to enable it to capitalise on the growth of broadband in the UK. According to a recent Oftel report, there are currently 1.77 million broadband users in the UK.

Andrew Sangster, senior vice president, Service Providers UK, Cable & Wireless said: “Whether NTL’s customers want to download web content, buy online, send emails or connect their own websites, it is imperative that their internet access is readily available, reliable, and efficient. We are delighted that NTL has chosen our high-quality IP network to enable them to provide exactly this to their customers.”

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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 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 www.cw.com.

For more information, please contact:

Katherine Smailes
Cable & Wireless
Tel: +44 (0)20 7315 3564
Email: katherine.smailes@cw.com

Henny Valder
Brodeur Worldwide (for Cable & Wireless)
Tel: +44 (0)20 7298 7075
Email: hvalder@uk.brodeur.com





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