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March 30, 2005 08:00 ET

BT Infonet Signs Three-Year Global Communications Contract with Volkswagen AG; Leading Automaker Steers Management of 200-Site Global Network to BT Infonet


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MARCH 30, 2005 - 08:00 ET

BT Infonet Signs Three-Year Global Communications
Contract with Volkswagen AG; Leading Automaker Steers
Management of 200-Site Global Network to BT Infonet

EL SEGUNDO, Calif.--(CCNMatthews - Mar 30, 2005) -

BT Infonet, a leading provider of global communications services for
multinationals, today announced it has signed a three-year contract to
provide managed network services for Volkswagen AG, one of the world's
leading automobile manufacturers and the largest carmaker in Europe.

Under the terms of the deal, Volkswagen AG will again operate its
200-site worldwide communications network with BT Infonet. Volkswagen is
continuing its nearly eight-year partnership with BT Infonet, and has
expanded the scope of its contract with nearly all of BT Infonet's
services, including Internet, Mobility and MultiMedia Services.

Contributing to securing the contract was BT Infonet's flexible pricing
and ability to deliver tailor-made solutions to quickly meet
Volkswagen's evolving communications requirements.

"This new contract with Volkswagen confirms our strategy to deliver
advanced network services to global companies, while at the same time
adapting ourselves to our clients' local needs," said Micheline Wens,
general manager, Infonet Germany. "This is the second acknowledgement in
the past few months of our successful collaboration with VW. Late last
year, BT Infonet was one of only three companies from outside the
automotive industry invited to Volkswagen's `World Group Awards' -- an
event where Volkswagen honors the 100 most innovative of its many
thousands of business partners."

About Volkswagen AG

Headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany, Volkswagen is one of the world's
leading car manufacturers and the market leader in Western Europe. The
company has more than 340,000 employees worldwide. In 2004, the eight VW
company brands supplied 5.079 million vehicles to more than 150
countries around the world. The company's 2004 revenues were 88.96
billion euro. Volkswagen operates 45 production plants in eleven
European countries and an additional seven countries in the Americas,
Asia and Africa. Volkswagen employees produce more than 21,500 vehicles
per day around the world. The Volkswagen company includes the brands
Volkswagen, AUDI, SEAT, Ikoda, commercial motor vehicles, Bentley,
Bugatti and Lamborghini, as well as the IT services companies Gedas,
Volkswagens Financial Services and Europcar.

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

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