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KCOM Group plc announces strategic agreement with BT Group


KCOM Group PLC (KCOM.L) today announces that it has signed a strategic agreement with BT Group, which will see KCOM extend its network reach through access to BTís national network, and outsource the management of its network assets to BTís wholesale division.

The agreement announced today delivers a number of important benefits to the KCOM Group. These are directly aligned with the findings of the KCOM Groupís strategic review, which was undertaken last November. As outlined at KCOMís full year results in June, the key areas of focus during the next 12 months are:

- to transition to a more focused and integrated business model
- to deliver extended reach and range of our communications products and services
- to reduce the ongoing capital and fixed investment requirements of the business
- to continue to reduce operating costs and tighten focus

Through this agreement with BT, KCOM will reduce the ongoing fixed costs and capital expenditure associated with the management of its network infrastructure. The retention of KCOMís existing fibre access network, coupled with access to BTís network scale and service capability, will position the KCOM Group very strongly in the provision of communications services to its target markets.

The managed network services agreement with BT will see the phased and controlled outsource of the management of KCOMís UK network operations to BT over the next few years, with the initial stage of this work being completed in September. BT will manage, maintain and enhance network operations, network management and vendor management on KCOMís behalf, allowing KCOM to focus on meeting the needs of its customers.

Bill Halbert, Deputy Executive Chairman says, ďThis agreement is an important step in the transformation of the KCOM Group. It will allow us to reduce our fixed costs and capital expenditure significantly, while strengthening our competitive position and ability to grow. In addition to creating a more variable cost model, it gives us the ability to offer more extensive and competitive carrier and managed communications services and new next generation propositions to our customers. Ē

Sally Davis, Chief Executive of BT Wholesale, said: ďThis is one of the most exciting developments to happen in the UK fixed line communications market for some time. It allows KCOMís business to benefit from BTís national reach as well as our significant ongoing investments in 21st century network infrastructure and next generation product and service developments. We are delighted that KCOM has chosen BT and look forward to working together to build a strong and lasting relationship.Ē

Going forward, in addition to strengthening its managed communications service capability, the partnership provides KCOM with the scope to deliver a full suite of next generation products and services to its customers, which both supports and strengthens the businessís strategy to focus on delivering high value services with recurring, sustainable revenues.

KCOM Groupís transformation, of which todayís announcement is a part, will see the Group focused around two core businesses: the first being the East Yorkshire activities and Eclipse Internet, and the second the managed communications business serving the needs of the enterprise and public sector markets.
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For further information please contact:


Bill Halbert, Executive Deputy Chairman
Paul Simpson, CFO Tel: 01924 882952 (PA: Annette Watling)

The Maitland Consultancy:

Brian Hudspith/Amanda Martyr Tel: 020 7379 5151

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About the KCOM Group
The KCOM Group utilises its expertise in local and wide area networks, hosting and communications technology, to design, deliver and manage end to end network based solutions.

These solutions are primarily targeted at mid-market enterprises and Public Sector markets and satisfy a growing need for colleagues and customers to communicate and collaborate more effectively, as IP networks and desktops converge.

The Groupís credentials and capabilities as a trusted expert in this field have grown out of the Companyís heritage in East Yorkshire, where it has provided telecommunication services to businesses and consumers for over 100 years.

The KCOM Group is listed on the London Stock Exchange. For more information on the Group go to
About BT
BT is one of the worldís leading providers of communications solutions and services operating in 170 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to our customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband and internet products and services and converged fixed/mobile 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 2009, BT Groupís revenue was £21,390 million.

British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group plc 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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