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...Industry-leading title names NETCOM number one...

NETCOM, the UK's leading business Internet Service Provider
(ISP), has been named Best ISP by PC Pro Magazine in their
1998 awards.

The award was based on key aspects of NETCOM's market
leading services to its customers, in particular its
reliability of connection, which was voted best of all UK
ISPs. Round the clock technical support, customer
satisfaction, speed and ease of access, and value for money
were also important deciding factors.

NETCOM was chosen after a stringent review of the ten most
popular Internet Service Providers in the UK, according to
PC Pro's readers. The reviews were based upon an extensive
survey of PC Pro's readership earlier this year, and on PC
Pro's laboratory tests. The results are featured in the
February issue.

PC Pro is respected throughout the industry for its rigorous
analysis of products and services, including tests in "real
world" situations.

According to the PC Pro review, "NETCOM...softened (our
readers') hearts with a good software package, unbeatable
connection reliability and very acceptable customer support.
We've said it in the past and are happy to say it again now,
as far as the individual user is concerned you nearly always
get what you pay for."

Rod Attwooll, NETCOM's managing director, comments, "We are
delighted to see that our dedication to quality and customer
service has been recognised by one of the industry's most
prestigious publications and its readers. Being voted best
Consumer (Dial) ISP in the UK is a great honour, and we
intend to carry on improving the service we provide to all
of our customers, both in business and at home." This is
the third year running that Netcom has been recognised as
top ISP in the UK. NETCOM was awarded 1996 Internet Service
Provider of the Year by Internet magazine, only six months
after NETCOM's launch in the UK. In 1997 NETCOM was voted
Best Buy by PC Advisor magazine and Access Provider of the
Year by What Personal Computer Magazine.


NETCOM Internet Limited is the UK subsidiary of NETCOM
On-line Communication Services Inc, one of the world's
largest Internet Service Providers with over 600,000
business and residential customers. The UK operation, based
in Bracknell, Berkshire, was launched on 1 May 1996. NETCOM
UK was named 1996 Internet Service Provider of the Year by
Internet magazine, Best Buy by PC Advisor magazine and
Access Provider of the Year by What Personal Computer

NETCOM provides high quality dial-up access to 56 Kbps. The
company also offers ISDN connection, GSM access and a
variety of services for its business customers including
Leased Line, Frame Relay, Web Site Hosting and Web Site
Design. NETCOM offers a complete range of Internet access
services and solutions for the business user.

NETCOM offers 24-hour technical support, 365 days a year,
which is manned at all times by specially trained staff, it
also offers an Internet Advice Line for Parents (Tel : 0990
66 80 40). For the latest information about NETCOM, visit
the company online at or call the
Business line on 0990 66 80 08.

PC Pro focuses on technology news and issues and provides
practical advice for serious business users. It aims to make
complex issues accessible to a variety of readers. It covers
all major areas of personal computing and performs rigorous
hardware and software testing in real world situations. In
just three years, readership has risen beyond 130,000,
including more than 60,000 subscribers.

For more information, visit the magazine online at

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