Cable & Wireless acquires PSINet Japan

January 28, 2002--Through its subsidiary Cable & Wireless IDC, Cable and Wireless plc (London) has completed the acquisition of PSINet Japan Inc. for $16.6 million (or approximately £ 11.5 million).

Jan 28th, 2002

Through its subsidiary Cable & Wireless IDC, Cable and Wireless plc (London) has completed the acquisition of PSINet Japan Inc. for $16.6 million (or approximately £ 11.5 million). The increase in the purchase price originally announced on 10 December 2001 results from Cable & Wireless bidding against another party at the court supervised auction that forms part of the sale process under Chapter 11 of the US Bankruptcy Code.

PSINet Japan provides Internet-Protocol (IP) connectivity and web hosting services for enterprise customers in Japan. The company has points of presence within key Japanese cities, a data centre in Tokyo, and provides services to several thousands of business customers.

The acquisition is intended to reinforce Cable & Wireless' position in Japan's growing internet market and accelerate the delivery of Cable & Wireless' strategy to provide IP and data services to business customers in Japan. PSINet Japan's unaudited revenue in the first half year 2001 was #28 million, and the acquisition is expected to more than double Cable & Wireless's IP revenue within Japan.

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