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January 7, 2003
PARIS and EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Infonet Services Corporation (NYSE/FSE: IN), a leading provider of global communications services for multinationals, today announced that it has extended its data communications contract with Lectra, the world's leading technology provider of software, CAD/CAM equipment and related services. According to the terms of this agreement, Infonet will customise Lectra's global network to meet the company's infrastructure requirements and to centralise operations around three data centres in Bordeaux, Atlanta, and Hong Kong. The new contract connects 18 sites across Europe, Asia, North America and Mexico.Based in Bordeaux, France, Lectra has more than 1,400 employees, 38 subsidiaries, 78 offices worldwide and generates more than 80 percent of its sales outside of France. Infonet has been managing Lectra's international network for seven years, during which time the company has been utilising an IP-based infrastructure. This new contract will further extend the range of global communication solutions that Lectra will be implementing. Infonet has also provided Lectra with specialised class of service levels on its network since 1998, that optimises performance of Lectra applications. Over the next few months, Infonet and Lectra will be evaluating the possibility of creating a larger network to connect all of Lectra's frame relay and IP VPN sites. Since security and service continuity are the most important business concerns to Lectra, the company is considering connecting even its smallest domestic sites to Infonet's secure Internet network. This linkage would allow the sites to benefit from services offered on The World Network® including router management, surveillance and assistance.François Baudin, Lectra's Infrastructures and IT Operations Manager commented, "Lectra has specific network requirements because of its centralised network infrastructure. Infonet continues to be a very responsive operator to our requirements, and provides our organisation with a full-range of network equipment and proactive, efficient surveillance and call-out services. Moreover, Infonet offers distinct service qualities that allow certain flows to be prioritised on our network that generate a substantial return on investment."Alain Morgant, General Manager of Infonet France, added, "While Lectra is not a multinational organisation in a traditional sense, it is a perfect example of a company with similarly challenging network requirements. Infonet is pleased to supply a turnkey solution to Lectra and other companies that have neither the structures nor the workforce to manage a global network. We are delighted with Lectra's continued loyalty and look forward to addressing all of their future telecommunications requirements."Infonet Services Corp.
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