Metromedia Fiber Network to provide optical Internet infrastructure for France Telecom's North American backbone network

March 14, 2001
Mar. 14, 2001--France Telecom will use fiber-optic infrastructure provided by Metromedia Fiber Network, Inc. to expand its North American backbone network.

France Telecom will use fiber-optic infrastructure provided by Metromedia Fiber Network, Inc. (MFN) (Nasdaq: MFNX) to expand its North American backbone network. Global One, France Telecom's wholly-owned subsidiary, will use this transmission backbone network to further enhance the global IP, data and voice services it provides to multinational customers.

MFN, a provider of optical Internet infrastructure within key metropolitan areas domestically and internationally, will lease this infrastructure in eight U.S. markets, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Seattle and Washington, D.C.

The agreement will enable France Telecom to expand its reach quickly and cost-effectively, and will enable Global One to provide its customers with Internet, data and voice services. This agreement underscores Global One's drive to expand across North America, and MFN's commitment to offer communications providers a carrier-neutral optical Internet backbone within and between major metropolitan areas.

About France Telecom:

France Telecom (NYSE:FTE) is a telecommunications carrier with operations in more than 75 countries. France Telecom provides businesses, consumers and other carriers with solutions that span local, long-distance and international telephony, data, wireless, multimedia, Internet, cable TV, broadcast and value-added services.

About Metromedia Fiber Network, Inc.:

Metromedia Fiber Network, Inc., deploys optical IP Internet infrastructure within key metropolitan areas domestically and internationally, and provides Internet connectivity, co-location and managed services solutions for high-bandwidth and business-critical applications. For more information, visit www.mmfn.com.