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AboveNet, Finalist at UK Internet Industry Awards 2005


AboveNet Is on the Short-List for ’Best Carrier’ at Premier Industry Event

LONDON, 02/22/2005, AboveNet Communications UK Ltd., a leading provider of fiber connectivity solutions for business and a subsidiary of AboveNet Inc., has been named as a finalist for ’Best Carrier’ at this year’s ISPA Awards, the category for the best telecommunications operator providing carrier services to the UK ISP industry.

As well as operating one of the few global Tier 1 IP backbones, AboveNet was also successful in launching a number of new managed services to the London metro marketplace over the course of 2004. By combining its state-of-the-art dark fibre and IP networks with the industry leaders in networking hardware, AboveNet’s London network became the foundation for five new services. These include Metro-IP, a service offering up to 1Gb of IP to a customer’s premises, and Metro-Ethernet, one of London’s most extensive Ethernet networks, which saw 24 of London’s neutral datacentres connected across AboveNet’s private dark fibre network on a switched platform.

“We are delighted to have received a nomination at the ISPA Awards for a second year in a row,” said Rajiv Datta, AboveNet’s Chief Technology Officer. “AboveNet prides itself on having built a pure IP network that does not need to support legacy telecom protocols which impact performance, stability and complexity. Our focus remains on providing the most direct and reliable internet connectivity available. Being recognized by our peers for the quality we provide our customers is the most valuable feedback we can receive.”

AboveNet now successfully services over a quarter of the 110 UK adsl providers, as listed on (15.2.2005), as customers, all of whom are using AboveNet and its global IP backbone for transit services.

The UK Internet industry awards, The ISPA Awards, are unique in the fact that they are awarded to people and organisations in the industry by their peers, and they reflect the broad nature of the service provider sector.

The 2005 ISPAs -- the 7th Annual UK Internet Industry Awards -- will be held on 24th February, 2005, at The Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square.

About AboveNet, Inc.

AboveNet, Inc. provides fibre connectivity solutions for businesses. Its private optical network delivers key network and IP services in and between 12 top U.S. metro markets and London. AboveNet’s network is widely used in demanding markets such as financial services, where the majority of top investment banks, and five of the top 10 U.S. banks, rely on AboveNet for mission critical services.


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