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ERICATEL BUYS CABLE & WIRELESS BUSINESS SYSTEMS DIVISION

 TORONTO, March 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Cable & Wireless Telecommunications, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cable & Wireless North America, announced today that Ericatel Limited, a privately held Canadian company, has purchased its Business Systems Division which provides telecommunications equipment and services to Canadian businesses.
 Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
 John Davenport, chief executive officer of Cable & Wireless North America, said the decision to sell this division is a strategically important step for Cable & Wireless as it continues to concentrate on its core business of providing high-quality long distance services to businesses in North America.
 "While the Business Systems Division has prospered in the five years since it was acquired by Cable & Wireless, its future viability in the increasingly competitive interconnect market will be enhanced by Ericatel's exclusive focus on serving this market," said Davenport.
 Don Cooper, president of Ericatel, said: "The decision to buy the division represents a strong long term commitment by Ericatel's shareholders to the domestic telecommunications equipment market. Strategically, this acquisition positions Ericatel as one of the largest national interconnect companies."
 Cable & Wireless plc (NYSE: CWP), which is based in London, is one of the world's leading multinational telecommunications companies. The Cable & Wireless Group operates in 50 countries and has more than 100 years of experience in the field of telecommunications.
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 /CONTACT: Debra B. Arrington of Cable and Wireless, 703-734-4534/


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