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EQUANT LAUNCHES PROGRAM TO HELP MULTINATIONAL MANAGED SERVICES CUSTOMERS MIGRATE FROM TROUBLED COMPETITORS

  • 12 August, 2003 13:37

<p>AUSTRALIA (Aug. 12, 2003) – Equant (NYSE: ENT) (Euronext Paris: EQU), a recognised industry leader in data and IP services for multinational businesses, has launched a program to help multinational managed and hosting services customers migrate from competitors who have exited the hosting business.</p>
<p>As part of its new Server Migration Program, Equant assesses a company’s current situation with full customer input and proposes a customised, managed solution, with service level agreements (SLAs) that reduce the company’s total cost of ownership (TCO). This collaborative migration is designed to ensure long-term service continuity in a difficult marketplace.</p>
<p>Equant is uniquely positioned to offer this comprehensive program to multinational corporations that are not comfortable with their current provider, or whose provider has recently left the Web-hosting business. As a global leader in managed services and outsourcing solutions, Equant offers the following benefits:</p>
<p>• Expansive managed services portfolio. While many other providers are cutting back hosting initiatives because of financial difficulties, Equant is expanding its slate of managed services offerings. Equant provides comprehensive Server Management Services, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Services, Managed Security Services, Professional Services, Consulting, and Managed Messaging Services, the latter in partnership with Microsoft and IBM Software. Equant is a global Microsoft Gold Certified Partner.</p>
<p>• Broad server migration experience. Equant currently manages more than 2,500 servers for 250-plus major multinational corporations, including Electrolux, JT International, Kvaerner and Logitech.</p>
<p>• Recognition of stability and service excellence. Equant is widely recognised by industry analysts as one of the most stable and viable global providers. In addition, Equant has a 54-year track record of excellence in data services for international customers and unmatched network reach in 220 countries and territories.</p>
<p>“Equant is uniquely positioned in terms of stability, quality of service and an extensive managed services portfolio to offer multinational companies an alternative to their current provider,” said Arjen Maarleveld, president of Products, Equant. “We want to help customers who may not have planned for migration in their budgets, but now face a necessary migration. Our server and network consolidation expertise allows our customers to cut their TCO as they move into a stable environment.”</p>
<p>About Equant Server Management
Equant Server Management provides first-class IT infrastructure management, integrated with Equant’s award-winning data and IP network services. With more than 20 years of experience managing complex customer applications, Equant works with customers to out-task only as much of their information technology operations as they feel necessary. From managing a simple public Web site, to operating the entire management information system infrastructure, Equant Server Management enhances companies’ ability to drive down their costs and increase system availability.</p>
<p>Through Equant’s Web Traffic Assessment and Infrastructure Consolidation Assessment programs, Equant assists customers in quantifying potential cost reductions and then works with them to maximise TCO savings. Equant Server Management also helps companies quantify and strengthen the availability of their applications. Equant offers a cohesive set of SLA parameters for the complete range of services. Equant Server Management can be deployed in a wide variety of locations including Equant’s seven data centers worldwide, customers’ own sites or one of Equant’s 1,100 points of presence.</p>
<p>About Equant
Equant (NYSE: ENT) (Euronext Paris: EQU) is a recognised industry leader in global data and IP network and integration services for multinational businesses. The Equant network has unmatched seamless reach, connecting key business centers in 220 countries and territories, with local support in more than 165 countries. Building on more than 50 years of experience in data communications, Equant serves thousands of the world’s top companies with the industry’s most extensive portfolio of managed network services, including the market-leading IP VPN used by 900 global businesses as of June 30, 2003. Equant, a subsidiary of France Telecom, was named Best Global Carrier 2002 at the World Communication Awards and consistently leads industry surveys in corporate user satisfaction.</p>
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<p>This release may contain projections or other forward-looking statements related to Equant that involve risks and uncertainties. Readers are cautioned that these statements are only predictions and may differ materially from actual future results or events. Readers are referred to the documents filed by Equant with the SEC, specifically the most recent filing on SEC Form 20-F, which identify important risk factors that could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, including, among other things, risks relating to Equant’s history of operating losses, the unpredictability of growth in Equant’s markets, Equant’s rapid growth, changing technology, uncertain and changing regulatory restrictions, Equant’s international operations, dependence on suppliers, network security issues, competition, and volatility of Equant’s stock price and risks relating to the combination with Global One. All forward-looking statements are based on information available to Equant on the date hereof, and Equant assumes no obligation to update such statements.</p>

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