BT Infonet Implements Global IP MPLS Network for Newport Corporation

    World Leader in Advanced Technology Equipment Chooses BT Infonet to
Support Standardizing IT Infrastructure

    EL SEGUNDO, CALIF., March 6 /CNW/ - BT Infonet, a leading provider of
global communications services for multinationals, today announced the
completion of a global IP MPLS network for Newport Corporation, a world leader
in advanced technology products and solutions for fields such as Scientific
Research, Microelectronics Manufacturing, Life & Health Sciences, Aerospace &
Defence, and Industrial Manufacturing.

    Newport selected BT Infonet's multi-class, MPLS based IP VPN Secure
service to provide increased bandwidth between its various operating locations
as well as to manage the consolidation process of all core IT infrastructure

    "BT Infonet's IP MPLS service has significantly increased our network's
performance, while the implementation process of consolidating 14 different
ERP systems has been very smooth," said Dan Hedstrom, director of global IT
infrastructure for Newport Corporation. "Increasing bandwidth has been
especially important as we complete a major rollout of SAP. In turn, our
decision to rollup services within BT Infonet was based on their reputation
for reliability, performance, and support."

    Hedstrom added, "The personal touch of BT Infonet's customer care has
been very impressive - they have delivered a high level of service at every
one of our facilities, and their cost services have been a great value-add for

    Newport's network covers more than two thousand access nodes in fourteen
facilities throughout North America and Europe, as well as eight additional
sites in the Asia Pacific region.

    "We are delighted to deliver our industry-leading IP MPLS solution to
Newport Corporation," said Chuck Pol, president and chief operating officer,
BT Americas. "Our global network is instrumental in supporting critical
business processes, and is helping Newport use their existing IT environment
more effectively. With Newport Corporation, we were able to show our
dedication to client satisfaction, especially when it involves working outside
of typical implementation phases."

    About Newport Corporation

    Newport Corporation is a leading global supplier of advanced-technology
products and systems to scientific research, microelectronics, life and health
sciences, aerospace and defense/security, and general industrial markets. The
company provides components and integrated subsystems to manufacturers of
semiconductor processing equipment, biomedical instrumentation and medical
devices, advanced automated assembly and test systems to manufacturers of
communications and electronics devices, and a broad array of high-precision
systems, components and instruments to commercial, academic and government
customers worldwide. Newport's innovative solutions leverage its expertise in
high-power semiconductor, solid-state and ultrafast lasers, photonics
instrumentation, precision automation, sub-micron positioning systems,
vibration isolation and optical subsystems to enhance the capabilities and
productivity of its customers' manufacturing, engineering and research
applications. Newport is part of the Standard & Poor's Midcap 400 Index and
the Russell 2000 Index.

    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

    About BT

    BT is one of the world's leading providers of communications solutions
and services operating in 170 countries. Its principal activities include
networked IT services, local, national and international telecommunications
services, and higher-value broadband and internet products and services. BT
consists principally of four lines of business: BT Global Services, Openreach,
BT Retail and BT Wholesale.

    In the year ended 31 March 2006, BT Group's revenue was GBP 19,514
million with profit before taxation of GBP 2,040 million.

    British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT
Group and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group. BT
Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York.

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For further information:

For further information: BT Infonet Stacie Crompton-Hime,
+1-310-335-2875 or Public Relations (Ruder Finn) Media:
Alicia Young, +1-212-593-6343

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