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BP CHEMICALS WILL OUTSOURCE EUROPEAN NETWORK TO BT

 BP CHEMICALS WILL OUTSOURCE EUROPEAN NETWORK TO BT
 LONDON, Aug. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- BT (British Telecommunications plc)


(NYSE: BTY) today announced that it will provide BP Chemicals, the chemicals and plastics division of British Petroleum Co. Ltd., with an integrated telecommunications outsourcing solution in Europe.
 BT's solution brings together the resources of Syncordia, its global network outsourcing subsidiary, and Global Network Services (GNS), its international managed data networking service. The award of the three-year contract is part of BP Chemicals' strategy to improve information management across Europe and refocus internal resources on its core business.
 BP Chemicals will use the network to transport high volumes of data for order entry, processing, production scheduling, delivery and invoicing, in addition to providing remote user access capabilities for systems across the business.
 Syncordia will provide a Managed Private Network Service (MPNS) to link 11 BP Chemicals sales offices, manufacturing and refinery sites located in seven European countries. Local area computer networks in the U.K., France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland and Sweden will be linked by sophisticated telecommunications 'bridges' managed by Syncordia.
 BT's GNS will allow BP Chemicals to link directly to the backbone network -- managed by Syncordia -- from over 20 countries around the world. These include: the U.S., Spain, Belgium, U.K., Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Austria and Hong Kong.
 Using GNS, sales and manufacturing operations in these countries will be able to transmit stock control and manufacturing information for sales and ordering.
 This worldwide connectivity will be critical in enabling BP Chemicals to conduct "just in time dispatching" of its products.
 Anthony Booth, managing director, BT Business Communications, said: "The BP Chemicals contract confirms BT as a world leader in the management of large international networks with the experience, technology and resources to put together a solution of this type to meet a complex and very demanding customer requirement."
 Nancy Carter, BP Chemicals vice president-finance and service, said: "BP Chemicals is excited at the prospect of pulling together all our continental European data communications, providing our users with a single source of service.
 "The introduction of this state-of-the-art, flexible network will enable us to focus more clearly on obtaining greater value from our existing systems, as well as maximizing the ability to change to meet future user requirements."
 Under the terms of the contract, BT will guarantee the highest levels of availability, quality and performance on the network, backed by a comprehensive service level agreement that includes service credits for each instance of failure to meet agreed-upon standards. The contract also allows BP Chemicals to activate a range of services including accelerated provisioning and bandwidth-on-demand, which accommodates BP's core data applications during the day and decreased bandwidth requirements at night.
 A dedicated BT Customer Support Center in the U.K. will provide 24-hour-a-day customer service, supported by Syncordia's multi-lingual Customer Support Center in Paris. The BT Customer Support Centre will act as the single point of contact with the customer for fault reporting and resolution, customer orders for bandwidth or network expansion, network performance data and billing inquiries.
 Syncordia will provide an integrated billing service to give BP Chemicals the option of local invoices in local currency, supported by consolidated management information on network performance and GNS service.
 Syncordia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of BT headquartered in Atlanta, provides outsourced international private network solutions to multinational corporations.
 BT, formerly British Telecom, has been the trading name of British Telecommunications plc since April 2, 1991.
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 /NOTE TO EDITOR: Inquiries about this news release can be made to the numbers listed in the contact below or to the BT Corporate Newsroom on its 24-hour number: 011-44-71-356-5369.
 /CONTACT: Martin O'Connor of British Telecommunications, 011-44-71-356-5366, or Brian Farley of Syncordia, 404-333-4657, or David Callisch of BT North America, 408-922-7583/
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