Cable&Wireless Worldwide Signs Five Year Partnership Deal With SONI (System Operator for Northern Ireland)

May 5, 2011

BELFAST and LONDON, May 5, 2011 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Cable&Wireless
Worldwide today announces it has renewed and extended its contract to manage
the Operational Telecoms Network used by System Operator for Northern Ireland
(SONI) following an open competitive tendering process. In addition to
existing work, Cable&Wireless Worldwide will connect planned wind farms to
the grid.

As Transmission System Operator (TSO) in Northern Ireland, SONI ensures
the safe, secure, reliable and economic operation of the electricity
transmission grid in Northern Ireland. In co-operation with EirGrid, SONI
also administrate the wholesale Single Electricity Market for the island of
Ireland through SEMO.

With the uninterrupted provision of electricity being paramount, it is
vital that SONI’s mission critical services delivered on the Operational
Telecoms Network are always available, as any downtime could have a direct
impact on services to electricity customers in Northern Ireland.

Commenting on the contract being awarded to Cable&Wireless Worldwide,

Nick Fullerton, Commercial Manager, SONI said: “The security and integrity of
the Operational Telecoms Network is critical to the SONI business. The fact
that Cable&Wireless Worldwide did not have one single outage during seven
years of the previous contract is testimony to the skills and expertise of
their engineers and systems.”

Cable&Wireless Worldwide provides 24/7 management of the Operational
Telecoms Network and has a team of dedicated engineers continually monitoring
the network and maintaining its operation. Well known for its highly
resilient systems that operate under the most arduous conditions,
Cable&Wireless Worldwide works with many of the world’s top utilities. This
contract win was secured through a full OJEU procurement process, and will
also see Cable&Wireless Worldwide deliver a full voice and data
infrastructure, including the roll out of IP Telephony to SONI’s control room
and all SONI sites.

Sean Mahon, Managing Director, Enterprise, for Europe, Middle East &
Africa, Cable&Wireless Worldwide, added: “Our partnership with SONI is an
excellent endorsement of the skills and expertise within Cable&Wireless
Worldwide and the mission critical services we offer. We understand the
implications of a failure on the Operational Telecoms Network and have
developed a highly flexible system that allows us to upscale, should the
network come under pressure at certain times; such as inclement weather
conditions. The public can rest assured that they have SONI and
Cable&Wireless Worldwide working together to ensure the continued supply of
electricity throughout Northern Ireland, whatever the conditions.”

Notes to Editors

For more information about Cable&Wireless Worldwide, please visit

About SONI

SONI are a wholly owned subsidiary of EirGrid plc, the Transmission
System Operator (TSO) for the Republic of Ireland. Based in Belfast, SONI
ensure the safe, secure, reliable and economic operation of the high voltage
electricity grid in Northern Ireland and in cooperation with EirGrid

SONI also administrate the wholesale Single Electricity Market (SEM) for
the island of Ireland.

About Cable&Wireless Worldwide

Cable&Wireless Worldwide (LSE: CW.) aims to be the first-choice provider
of mission critical communications for large users of telecoms.
Cable&Wireless Worldwide is one of the world’s leading critical communication
companies, providing a range of high-quality managed voice, data and IP-based
services and applications to large corporates, multinational companies,
governments, carrier customers and resellers across Ireland, the UK, Asia
, India, Middle East & Africa, Continental Europe and North America.

Cable&Wireless Worldwide is the first company to offer access to a Next
Generation Network (NGN) in either Northern Ireland or the Republic of
. This NGN, stretching to over 500,000km across the World, allows
customers access to Cable&Wireless Worldwide’s Multi-Service Platform (MSP)
providing highly resilient, secure, super fast and extremely efficient access
to network services to over 153 countries across the world. All without
having to leave the Cable&Wireless Worldwide network.

The company’s Multi-Service Platform, an IP-based next-generation
platform that operates across the NGN, offers a single environment on which
voice and data applications can be converged to drive business efficiencies.

    To find out more, visit http://www.cw.com

    Media Contacts:
    Claire Lorimer

SOURCE Cable&Wireless Worldwide and SONI

Source: newswire

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