SOURCE: AboveNet

May 16, 2005 09:00 ET

AboveNet UK Launches Metro-Cast -- Optical Transport for Today's Rich Media Content

Private Fibre Optic Network Delivers Dynamic and Cost-Effective Solution to the Media and Broadcast Markets

LONDON -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 16, 2005 -- AboveNet Communications UK Ltd., a leading provider of fibre connectivity solutions for business and a subsidiary of AboveNet Inc., today announced the launch of its first new product for 2005. Specifically designed with the Media and Broadcast markets in mind, Metro-Cast will offer companies transferring broadcast content between sites a cost-effective alternative to the current providers and solutions available in the market today.

In today's age of evolving media technology, content transportation is a mission-critical requirement within the media and broadcasting industry. Following AboveNet's success in 2004 and its launch of five new managed services within the London metro market, AboveNet adds Metro-Cast to its managed network service product range. AboveNet once again combines its highly secure London dark fibre network with broadcast technology from one of the sector's leading hardware vendors to deliver a solution that seamlessly connects two premises, enabling the transmission of media content in all formats including, SDI (serial digital interface), HDTV (High Definition Television) and AES (Audio Engineering Society), amongst others.

Metro-Cast, also available as a bespoke service, enables customers to build a modular approach solution that suits the delivery of all media content. By connecting to AboveNet's dark fibre network, customers will also benefit by integrating any of AboveNet's other products to develop private or community-based networks.

"Continuing to enable the London market by providing the highest quality fibre networks and solutions, Metro-Cast further projects us into a market where we have seen a huge increase in demand for high capacity network solutions over the last year," said John Dowbiggin, AboveNet's UK Managing Director. "With the recent launch of PushMedia services in the U.S. and U.K. and our increasing number of customer wins within the media sector, AboveNet is ideally positioned to provide an efficient and cost-effective alternative to those businesses looking for a secure and flexible way of transferring massive digital content."

About AboveNet, Inc.

AboveNet, Inc. provides fibre connectivity solutions for businesses. Its private optical network, delivers key network and IP services in and between 12 top U.S. metro markets and London. AboveNet's network is widely used in demanding markets such as financial services, where the majority of top investment banks, and five of the top 10 U.S. banks rely on AboveNet for mission-critical services.

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