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BCE Teleglobe's Global IP Network Selected to Access Czech Republic's Highspeed Research and Education Network.

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RESTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 27, 2002

Teleglobe Communications Corporation (BCE Teleglobe) (NYSE, TSE:BCE), a leading provider of global communications and e-Business services, today announced it has signed an agreement with CESNET, operator of the Czech Republic's scientific, research, development and education network (CESNET2), to provide high-speed global Internet connectivity via BCE Teleglobe's Internet backbone network and to cooperate on implementation of new types of lambda services.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Under the agreement, BCE Teleglobe will provide CESNET's researchers 622 Mbps IP service from BCE Teleglobe's local facilities in Prague to its global Internet backbone network with possible upgrade to 2.5Gbps.

Because BCE Teleglobe has established connections to the major United States Network Access Points (NAPs) and European Internet Exchanges (IX) and maintains peering arrangements with other key United States and European ISPs, CESNET researchers will gain direct and transit routes to Internet networks throughout the world.

"We consider BCE Teleglobe a valued partner in providing our Internet connectivity and in helping us implement our plans for testing and evaluating new technologies and applications," said Dr. Jan Gruntorad, CESNET's Managing Director. "They are an acknowledged leader in demonstrating the feasibility and benefits of global broadband networking."

"The Czech Republic's research and academic community has much to contribute to the global exchange of ideas and expertise with colleagues in international research and education," said Gregory Ewert, BCE Teleglobe's vice president of data services. "We're proud to work with CESNET in delivering high-speed Internet access and look forward to working with them in utilizing the full resources of the next generation Internet."

Among BCE Teleglobe's customers are major international academic networks such as BELnet (Belgium), CANARIE (Canada), CERnet (China), NCA/KISTI (Korea), HEANET (Ireland), MIMOS (Malaysia), SURFnet (the Netherlands), FASTnet (Russia) and UKERNA /SUPERJANET (United Kingdom). BCE Teleglobe also provides transpacific connectivity to the Asia Pacific Advanced Network Consortium (APAN).

BCE Teleglobe, a leading provider of global communications and Internet services, enables its customers to maximize the potential of the Internet through its delivery of hosting services, content distribution and global connectivity.

With a lit capacity of 10 Million+Gbps-miles, 149 POPS serving more than 110 cities and approximately 300,000 square feet of hosting facilities, BCE Teleglobe is one of the world's largest international Internet backbones serving a broad base of enterprise, Internet content provider (ICP), Internet service provider (ISP) and carrier customers.

BCE Teleglobe is expanding its network with its GlobeSystem initiative, a multi-billion dollar IP network and hosting deployment that will provide a robust platform for a portfolio of Internet and data services. BCE Teleglobe is owned by Bell Canada Enterprises (BCE) Inc., based in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit

CESNET z.s.p.o. (Association of Legal Entities) was established in March 1996 as an association of all Czech Universities and the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic to built and operate the Czech National Research Network. Nowadays, CESNET is operating the CESNET2 backbone network that connects its Points of Presence with 2.5 Gbps POS (Packet over Sonet) and 1 Gbps GE (Gigabit Ethernet) links.

CESNET is a member of the GEANT project, which operates and develops the GEANT backbone network interconnecting various European National Research Networks. For more information, visit

This release contains information about management's view of BCE Teleglobe's future expectations, plans and prospects that constitute forward looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by these forward-looking statements, as a result of a variety of factors including, but not limited to, competitive developments, risks associated with BCE Teleglobe's growth, the development of the Internet market, regulatory risks and other factors that are discussed in BCE Teleglobe's Annual Information Form and other documents periodically filed with the SEC.
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