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Technology Stocks : Infonet - Leader of Managed Data Communicaton Services

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To: Eric S. who started this subject10/22/2003 8:34:53 AM
From: JakeStraw   of 241
Infonet Wins Telemark Consulting's ``Best in Class'' As International Network Service Provider
Wednesday October 22, 8:00 am ET
With Four "Outstanding" and Six "Excellent" Ratings, Infonet Outperforms Other Major Global Providers on 32 Key Customer Attributes

LONDON & EL SEGUNDO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 22, 2003-- Infonet Services Corporation (NYSE:IN), a leading provider of global communications services for multinationals, today announced that it has earned its seventh consecutive "Best in Class" honor from Telemark Consulting, a leading market intelligence firm for the telecommunications industry, in the 14th edition of its international benchmarking report on Managed Data Network Services (MDNS). Infonet has earned this highest distinction in each of the past seven reports, and has now solely held Telemark's "Best in Class" title for almost two years.
The Telemark MDNS report researches service attributes that are identified as most important to multinational corporations, and then measures provider performance from a customer perspective. In this 14th edition of the report, 355 respondents from 29 countries were randomly selected to participate from among the world's top multinational corporations.

Overall, Infonet was found to be the most successful Managed Data Network Service Provider at meeting the needs of its clients, with four "Telemark Gold" (outstanding) ratings and six "Excellent" ratings placing it at the top of the industry in overall customer satisfaction. Additionally, Infonet exceeded Telemark's statistically valid benchmark standard in every one of the 32 attributes, "a unique achievement amongst the major operators," according to the report.

Specifically, Infonet achieved a market leading four "Telemark Gold" ratings in the categories of "Secure Data Transfer", "24 Hour Transparent Maintenance", "Network Availability" and "Bills in Currency of Choice". Infonet also achieved six "Excellent" ratings in the categories of "Network Reliability", "Technical Support", "General Helpdesk Provision", "International Performance", "Geographical End to End Reach" and "Installation Not Disrupting". According to the report, "Infonet's four outstanding and six excellent ratings are a performance worthy of a world-class operator."

"The purpose of this report is to show the current levels of customer satisfaction amongst operators supplying managed data network services to multinational corporations," said Janet Watkin, Director and Managing Author of Telemark's benchmarking report. "The consistency of Infonet's results over the past seven reports, together with its unique performance in this latest survey, shows that Infonet continues to be viewed by multinational corporations as performing where it matters most to them, and therefore has truly earned its 'Best in Class' crown."

According to Infonet, client and financial success is built upon a unique inter-provider strategy, combined with the highest standards for exceeding the service requirements of its nearly 3,000 multinational clients.

"Infonet has an unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction and operational excellence," said Jose A. Collazo, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Infonet. "In this industry, multinationals usually view service providers through the lens of the last interaction they have had with them, in whatever form that might have taken place. As such, we continue to invest to improve the systems, services, processes and infrastructure that our clients use day in and day out for their global communications. Recognition such as Telemark's 'Best in Class' designation is a validation that our value-added service offerings, and our approach to client care, are recognized as market-leading. I am proud to be able to share this with the Infonet organizations around the world."

About Telemark Consulting

Telemark Consulting based in Manchester, UK specializes in the provision of marketing intelligence for the telecommunications industry with a blue chip client base located across several continents. A comprehensive range of research techniques and robust methods are used to gather data thereby providing meaningful results that clients can act on speedily. Telemark offers research, analysis, and measures to assist clients find, win and keep customers. Covering all elements of performance from "bid to bill" its continuous information service helps clients monitor trends over time and take more informed decisions on strategy, positioning, segmentation, product development, branding, promotions, sales channels, tariffs, and after sales care. Telemark's teams are dedicated to creating value through its off-the-shelf range of publications and by utilizing web-based technologies for fast and accurate analysis of data and instant distribution of results. Telemark Consulting is a division of Telemark Services.
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