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Uses Public Sector aggregated demand combined with lower trigger levels to drive unbundling of local exchanges

17th September 2003, London UK - Easynet, the pan-European provider of broadband to business and government, has launched a major initiative, Easynet Exchange Enable (E3), which uses public sector aggregated demand to trigger the deployment of broadband services in local exchanges. As a result, the public sector can play a leading role in making high quality broadband available in areas not currently covered by BT or other providers.

Easynet E3 has lower trigger levels than other schemes because it is based on confirmed public sector and business demand. So, for example, only 10-25 connections of varying kinds from local education authorities, NHS Trusts, local councils, and emergency services can trigger deployment. The trigger levels are lower because Easynet has a much lower cost model than BT one that does not rely on network upgrades or legacy technologies such as SDH. In many cases, this means an exchange can be unbundled when it would not have been broadband enabled under other providers criteria.

Public sector organisations who are currently unable to access broadband services should register as broadband champions on the special E3 website http://www.uk.easynet.net/exchange-enable/

As David Rowe, CEO, Easynet explained: Broadband Britain needs to be built fast but on solid foundations. We've worked with the public sector to provide a sustainable business model to achieve government targets for broadband locally in both the public and private sectors.

Lack of broadband is a real barrier to local business growth. By working with Easynet, public sector organisations take the lead in bringing a wider and higher quality range of broadband services to support their local business communities, as well as working towards their own targets for e-government and service delivery. E3 supports the objectives of the newly formed Regional Aggregation Boards (RABs), which will coordinate public sector demand for broadband access in local areas.

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Editors Notes:

Local Loop Unbundling
The local loop is the wire that runs from a local telephone exchange into a customer's premises. Broadband services can be provided over this wire with the use of digital subscriber line (DSL) technology. Unbundling means that other operators besides BT are able to install their DSL broadband equipment inside the local exchange. Easynet is the leader in local loop unbundling with 127 exchanges unbundled and is on target for 150 by year-end. These unbundled exchanges are located nationwide.

SDH
Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH) is a legacy technology for high speed transmission of data over optical fibre networks.



About Easynet

Easynet is a leading pan-European Business Broadband provider and Telecommunication company with operations in eight European countries. Established in 1994, Easynet owns and operates one of Europe's most advanced Internet network and data center infrastructures. In the UK, Easynet has a national Broadband network spanning 4,450kms. Easynet is the market leader in unbundled local loop broadband services.

Easynet has an OGCBuyingsolutions framework agreement for providing broadband to the public sector. This significantly streamlines and enhances the procurement process for public bodies wanting to buy value-for-money broadband services.

Easynet's unique product portfolio, including the fastest ADSL (asymmetrical digital subscriber line) service available in the UK at 8MB, and SureStream, Easynet's competitive alternative to expensive leased lines, provides a true Broadband alternative for the public sector.

Further information on Easynet can be obtained at:

Web: www.uk.Easynet.net

ISPA Internet Industry Award Winner 1999, 2000 & 2001 IIR European ISP Forum 2000 Best Business ISP

Press and Public Relations Enquiries:

Daniel Couzens Jo Twiselton
Grant Butler Coomber Easynet Limited
Tel: 0208 322 1900 Tel: 020 7900 4444
Fax:020 8322 1923 Fax:020 7900 4445
danielc@gbc.co.uk jo.twiselton@ easynet.com

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