BT Infonet

BT Infonet

March 07, 2005 08:01 ET

BT Infonet Announces Availability of Connexion by Boeing's ``Wi-Fi in the Sky'' Capabilities for MobileXpress Customers


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MARCH 7, 2005 - 08:01 ET

BT Infonet Announces Availability of Connexion by
Boeing's ``Wi-Fi in the Sky'' Capabilities for
MobileXpress Customers

EL SEGUNDO, Calif.--(CCNMatthews - Mar 7, 2005) -

High-Speed, In-Flight Internet Access Provides Added Productivity for
Traveling Workers

BT Infonet, a leading provider of global communications services for
multinationals, and Connexion by Boeing, a business unit of The Boeing
Company (NYSE:BA), today announced the general availability of the
Connexion by Boeing(SM) in-flight, high-speed Internet service as part
of BT Infonet's award-winning MobileXpress™ mobile data services.

MobileXpress, winner of the 2004 World Communication Award for "Best
Managed Service," provides remote network access for mobile workers in
more than 140 countries, including secure access at more than 12,000
Wi-Fi hotspots in airports, hotels and public venues.

In linking MobileXpress with the Connexion by Boeing service, business
travelers will be able to use their existing MobileXpress accounts to
gain the benefits of secure, seamless, real-time Internet access in
flight. IT organizations benefit as well from BT Infonet's strong
network security, consolidated management and unified invoicing.

The Connexion by Boeing service currently is available on flights
offered by Lufthansa, Japan Airlines, ANA and Scandinavian Airlines,
with additional service planned aboard China Airlines, Korean Airlines,
Asiana, Singapore Airlines and El Al.

"The launch of the Connexion by Boeing in-flight service for our clients
completes the connectivity cycle for the mobile worker," said Marc
Patterson, vice president and general manager of Mobile Data Services
for BT Infonet. "We're enabling the business traveler to remain securely
connected from their home, at the airport, at the hotel, and now
virtually everywhere -- all with the same user credentials and a
consistent, familiar login experience. It is truly a unique capability
that we're pleased to be able to extend to our clients."

"Through this agreement, BT Infonet is now able to offer the Connexion
by Boeing service to the more than 1,200 multinational companies that
currently use its mobile data services," said Connexion by Boeing's Vice
President of Marketing and Direct Sales, David Friedman. "BT Infonet's
seamless integration approach will make high-speed, in-flight
connectivity an immediate and valuable asset to its clients, and one
that we believe will become quite popular going forward."

About Connexion by Boeing

Connexion by Boeing is, for the second year running, the recipient of
the World Travel Award for World's Leading High-Speed In-flight Internet
Services Provider. It was recently named one of the "wireless companies
to watch in 2005" by IDC wireless services analysts. Through a broadband
connection to an equipped aircraft, high-speed Internet, data and
entertainment connectivity is delivered directly to travelers in flight.
The Connexion by Boeing service is available today on flights offered by
Lufthansa, SAS, Japan Airlines and ANA. In addition, Singapore Airlines,
China Airlines, El Al, Korean Air and Asiana have announced their intent
to install the Connexion by Boeing system on their long-range aircraft.
Connexion by Boeing also offers a high-speed connectivity solution for
the business aviation and maritime markets. For more information, please
visit www.connexionbyboeing.com.

About BT Infonet

BT Infonet is a leading provider of managed network communications
services for multinational entities, fully owned by BT Group and part of
BT Global Services. BT Infonet offers integrated solutions optimizing
the complex relationship between enterprise applications and the global
network. BT Infonet provides local service support in over 70 countries
and territories and its network is accessible from more than 180
countries.

Additional information about BT Infonet is available at
www.bt.infonet.com.

About BT

BT is one of the world's leading providers of communications solutions
serving customers in Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific. Its
principal activities include IT and networking services; local, national
and international telecommunications services; and higher-value
broadband and internet products and services.

BT consists principally of three lines of business:

-- BT Retail, providing a comprehensive range of communications and
related services to over 20m UK consumers and businesses.

-- BT Wholesale, providing network services and solutions within the UK
to more than 600 fixed and mobile operators and service providers,
including the provision of broadband and private circuits.

-- BT Global Services, providing IT and networking services to meet the
needs of multi-site organizations globally. BT Global Services operates
in more than 130 countries and also offers international carrier
services.

In the year ended 31 March 2004, BT Group's turnover was GBP 18,519
million, with profit before goodwill amortization, exceptional items and
taxation of GBP 2,013 million.

BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York.
British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT
Group and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT
Group.

For more information, visit www.bt.com/aboutbt

Connexion by Boeing's Forward-Looking Statement:

Forward-Looking Information is subject to Risk and Uncertainty

Some of the statements in this news release constitute "forward-looking
statements" that do not directly or exclusively relate to historical
facts. These forward-looking statements reflect our intentions, plans,
expectations, assumptions and beliefs about future events and are,
therefore, subject to risks, uncertainties, and other factors and
conditions, many of which are outside our control. These important
factors and conditions could cause actual results to differ materially
from the expectations expressed or implied in the forward-looking
statements including known and unknown risks. Because actual results
could differ materially from our intentions, plans, expectations,
assumptions and beliefs about the future, you are urged to view all
forward-looking statements contained in this news release with caution.

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