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METRO2C Alliance Announces Viatel as Member

Strategic telecoms alliance adds 35 European cities and an 8,500km fibre network

DUBLIN, IRELAND -- (Marketwired) -- 03/19/14 -- The METRO2C Alliance, a collaboration of leading connectivity providers, data centre operators and Internet Exchanges founded by Sea Fibre Networks, today revealed Viatel, part of the Digiweb Group as a member. Viatel has invested US$1.5bn in constructing a low-latency, 8,500km fibre network connecting 35 European cities, over 120 data centres, and Europe's leading Internet Exchanges. The METRO2C Alliance connects more enterprises than ever before through Viatel's extensive local access and range of data services to Europe's largest cities, financial centres and internet hubs.

The METRO2C Alliance unites terrestrial and submarine networks that are critical for enterprises to run their global businesses including Internet and data communications. Viatel operates two diverse submarine cables connecting directly into one of Europe's largest long-haul dark fibre networks providing customers access to multiple metropolitan fibre rings in Europe's major business centres such as Dublin, London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Paris. This new collaboration enables the METRO2C Alliance to further enhance coverage in Ireland and Europe with the Viatel network providing nationwide coverage in Ireland and connectivity in key Southern European cities such as Lyon, Marseille, Strasbourg, Geneva and Milan facilitating onward connectivity to the Middle East and Africa.

Diane Hodnett, CEO, Sea Fibre Networks, founding member of the METRO2C Alliance said: "Bringing enterprises closer to consumers is at the core of the Alliance's strategy and working with established providers like Viatel, with their dense fibre footprint, eliminates digital enterprise growth barriers."

Colm Piercy, CEO, Digiweb Group said: "Joining the METRO2C Alliance strengthens the Viatel brand in new markets and further demonstrates our commitment to Ireland. Our extensive network footprint enables us to bring key business hubs closer together in today's era of the virtual business."

About The METRO2C Alliance

Founded by Sea Fibre Networks, the METRO2C Alliance is the collaboration of leading connectivity providers, data centre operators and Internet exchanges providing best-in-class communication solutions connecting Ireland, the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands and Germany and Asia. The METRO2C Alliance is carrier-neutral facilitating collaboration amongst members, providing enterprises with premier high capacity connectivity solutions matching bespoke requirements such as diverse routing, low latency, scalability and modern technology with very competitive cost efficiencies. For more information and to become a member please visit the website here: http://brezign.com/metro2c/

About Viatel

Viatel, part of the Digiweb Group, provides Connectivity and ICT solutions tailored specifically for larger enterprise, public sector, wholesale and carrier customers across Europe.

Viatel leverages an extensive portfolio of leading voice, cloud, managed services and data solutions with its wholly owned European fibre and data centre infrastructure. It's advanced fibre optic backbone network connects 8 countries, 35 main cities, over 120 European data centres, and has metro fibre reach into the major carrier houses, data centres and the main Internet Exchanges.

With data centres in Dublin, London, Amsterdam, Paris and Brussels, Viatel also owns over 8,500km of fibre network infrastructure which it has equipped with high capacity optical DWDM technology and multi service platforms. Viatel is a preferred connectivity partner of London Stock Exchange, and is directly connected to the largest content distribution networks, public cloud platforms, and internet companies globally. Information about Viatel can be found at www.viatel.com.

About Sea Fibre Networks

Sea Fibre Networks is a provider of bandwidth infrastructure services including dark fibre, wavelengths and Ethernet. The Company specialises in sub-sea telecoms and is owner and operator of CeltixConnect, Europe's most advanced sub-sea telecoms network. Sea Fibre Networks delivers the innovation and flexibility businesses need to stay ahead in the market place. It provides network solutions tailored to specific needs with the most efficient service. All products are supported by industry leading Service Level Agreements (SLA's). These are further enhanced with proactive management and monitoring of the sub-sea cable system. Information about Sea Fibre Networks can be found at www.seafibre.com.

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