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Tuesday, September 14, 2004 7:14PM IST (1:44PM GMT)
 
(BW)(CA-INFONET)(IN)
Infonet Launches IP VPN Internet; Becomes First to Offer Global MPLS IP VPNs Across Both Private and Public Networks
New Internet-Based MPLS IP VPN Service Offers Best Mix of Price, Performance and Security in the Industry
 
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Infonet Services Corporation (NYSE:IN), a leading provider of global communications services for multinationals, today announced the availability of its secure Internet-based MPLS IP VPN service, IP VPN Internet. With the launch of IP VPN Internet, Infonet becomes the first communications provider to offer a globally available MPLS IP VPN across both private and public IP networks, allowing for truly customizable IP VPN solutions for multinational businesses.

IP VPN Internet leverages the low costs associated with a public Internet environment without all of the associated security risks prevalent in a do-it-yourself (DIY) Internet-based VPN. As such, IP VPN Internet is a perfect fit for multinationals looking to benefit from the cost-effectiveness of an Internet VPN without the additional technical and security expertise necessary under a do-it-yourself scenario.

"Multinational companies with in-house VPN solutions are increasingly looking for an alternative that provides more security and convenience," said Mark Winther, group vice president, worldwide telecommunications, IDC. "Infonet's new IP VPN Internet is the first solution for companies that want to migrate to a managed service that adapts to their locations and resources." Available today in 57 countries at speeds of up to 155Mbps, key benefits of IP VPN Internet include:

-- Full integration with Infonet's IP VPN Secure and IP VPN Off-net services

As both of Infonet's public and private IP networks are MPLS enabled, Infonet has the unique ability to offer seamless integration between IP VPN Internet, IP VPN Off-net and IP VPN Secure, Infonet's private, multi-class MPLS-enabled IP VPN service.

With these three IP VPN services, Infonet is able to provide all the necessary resources to build customized, fully managed IP VPNs designed with each client's unique business drivers in mind.

-- High security

Unlike other globally available public networks, IP VPN Secure supports data security and unregistered IP addresses. As a result, IP VPN Internet provides a level of security comparable to traditional Intranet solutions.

-- Simple, flexible pricing

Infonet offers customized wide area networks that accurately address the business requirements and the desired price to performance ratio of each site on the network. In addition, enterprises can reduce the expense and overall network overhead resulting from IPSec data encryption and PKI digital certificates.

"Our clients are diverse, and the specific needs at each of their sites often times are as well," said Jean-Noel Moneton, vice president of IP Services for Infonet. "Some sites may need converged voice, video and data, while others may need low-cost connectivity to an FTP or mail server. For global businesses with DIY VPNs or single class of service requirements, IP VPN Internet is a unique option that integrates with our private, multi-class service, and offers the best mix of price, performance and security in the industry." "With the release of IP VPN Internet and the recent nomination of IP VPN Secure for a World Communication Award for `Best Managed Service,' we are continuing to demonstrate our leadership in the IP VPN space and our dedication to meeting client requirements," continued Moneton.

About Infonet

Infonet Services Corporation, known for its quality of service, is a leading provider of managed network communications services for nearly 3,000 multinational entities.

Employing a unique consultative approach, Infonet offers integrated solutions optimizing the complex relationship between enterprise applications and the global network. Extensive project management capabilities are the foundation for the services and solution offerings (broadband, Internet, intranet, multimedia, videoconferencing, wireless/remote access, local provisioning, application and consulting services) positioning Infonet as a single-source partner for multinational entities. In particular, Infonet IP VPN solutions offer multinationals a unique combination of Private and Public IP services as well as a full set of Managed Security and Mobility Services.

Rated "Best in Class" overall in Telemark's survey of Global Managed Data Network Services, Infonet has also won "Best Customer Care" and "Best Carrier" at the World Communication Awards. Founded in 1970, Infonet owns and operates The World Network(R), accessible from more than 180 countries, and provides local service support in over 70 countries and territories.

Infonet's stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol IN. Additional information about the company is available at www.infonet.com.

Safe Harbor Statement: Infonet may have made forward-looking statements in this release. These statements, if any, are based on information available to the company as of the date of this release and Infonet undertakes no duty to update the information to take account of later events. The accuracy of our forward-looking statements will also be affected by the strength of the market for Infonet products and services, competition, the timely transitioning of new business opportunities to Infonet's network and the effect of currency fluctuation. Investors should bear these risk factors in mind as well as those elaborated on in Infonet's 10K, 10-Qs and other recent filings made with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. These documents are available through the investor relations portion of Infonet's web site at www.infonet.com

 
 
 
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