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Cable & Wireless, the international telecommunications group, today (16 February 2004) announced an agreement with Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria to provide a fully managed fixed-line communications service for its operations in Nigeria using the SAT3 cable system. This extends previous agreements with Shell companies in Cameroon and Gabon and enables these companies to use fixed-line, rather than satellite, technology to achieve faster and more reliable communications both within the West Africa region and globally.

As the fixed-line network is scalable and offers far greater capacity than satellite technology, it can also support new applications, such as e-learning and access to application service providers (ASPs). This new infrastructure will enable Shell’s West African companies to achieve the following objectives:
• Rapid deployment of technical solutions and expertise;
• Operate more effectively and more securely, particularly in remote areas;
• Benefit fully from the same tools and facilities available to Shell companies in other countries, such as international video-conferencing and other virtual team working and collaboration tools;
• Improve staff knowledge, by expanding the penetration of e-learning.

Cable & Wireless is using the SAT3 cable system, which it has co-funded, to provide Shell’s West African connectivity. This is the first state-of-the-art fibre optic cable system to link West African countries with Europe and Asia, and allows Shell to integrate its West African businesses more effectively into its global communications infrastructure. The project has been completed in co-ordination with the regional telecommunications companies, Nitel, CamTel and GabonTel.

Frank Edozie, IT Manager for Shell Exploration & Production’s Africa region, said, “We chose Cable & Wireless because we needed an international communications company that could understand our local requirements, and work with government and industry partners to deliver a single solution.”

Robin Morgan, managing director, Retail & Industry, Cable & Wireless, said, “This new extension to our existing relationship with Shell demonstrates our ability to serve multinational organisations on a global basis.”

This agreement is an extension of Cable & Wireless’ strategic relationship with Shell Information Technology International B.V. (SITI BV), which was formed in 2001 with the aim of improving the management of Shell’s global telecommunications, offering a consistent quality of service throughout its global operations and lowering the costs of its infrastructure.


Note to editors
Cable & Wireless’ strategic relationship with Shell Information Technology International B.V. was formed in October 2001.
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About Cable & Wireless
Cable & Wireless is one of the world’s leading international communications companies. It provides voice, data and IP (Internet Protocol) services to business and residential customers, as well as services to other telecoms carriers, mobile operators and providers of content, applications and internet services.

Cable & Wireless’ principal operations are in the United Kingdom, continental Europe, Japan, the Caribbean, Panama, the Middle East and Macau.

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For more information, please contact:

Katherine Smailes
Cable & Wireless
Tel: +44 (0)1344 818 324

Henny Valder
Brodeur Worldwide (for Cable & Wireless)
Tel: +44 (0)20 7298 7075

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