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-The Meridien Grosvenor House Hotel, 90 Park Lane, W1
Tuesday 28 November, 2000-

The recent delays and breakdown of the train network, the delicate balance in keeping the nation supplied with petrol and the vulnerability of our roads to flooding have all demonstrated in recent weeks how crucial it is to have a reliable but flexible infrastructure. The same rules apply to a company that is betting its future on the Internet.

If you were banking on the Internet in Europe wouldn’t you be worried if:

* ‘internet survivor’ had become a buzz word

* the label "dotcom" had become derogatory (FT, Nov 7, 2000)

* 60% of Britain's online businesses have been the victims of hacking - proof that weak infrastructure makes the internet a bad security bet

* the UK Internet skills crisis is the worst in Europe

* lack of power delays Internet facilities and thus speed to market

* poor infrastructure scalability often results in costly ‘rip and replace’ during upgrades

Upgrading the essential Internet infrastructure is a long and costly procedure, which is why there is an explosion in Internet infrastructure outsourcing in Europe. Added to this is the expectation that potential providers of bandwidth in cities such as London and Amsterdam will run out of available resources long before demand slows down (The Phillips Report 2000). Proven providers of secure, reliable, manageable and scalable "e-infrastructure" are therefore essential lynchpins in sustaining European e-commerce.

Sanjaya Addanki, the new CEO of CityReach International will discuss the stringent demands being placed on those companies who are betting their businesses on the Internet, these include:

* Power

* Fibre concerns

* Physical security

* Virtual security

* Outsourcers outsourcing

CityReach International is the only multi-carrier company with true pan-European coverage - five data centres operational this year (Amsterdam, London, Dublin, Budapest and Stockholm) and 17 more by the end of 2001.

To register for lunch or a one to one interview please contact:
Kim Polley/Sarah Richardson at Brodeur Worldwide UK on 01753 790700 or

kpolley@uk.brodeur.com

srichardson@uk.brodeur.com

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