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COLT Selects Abridean

Top 10 European Telco Opts for Abridean's Provisioning Solution

London, England and Halifax, Canada. June 11, 2002 - Abridean Inc., leaders in the development of an Application Provisioning and Management Platform for Service Providers (SPs) and large enterprises, and COLT Telecommunications, a leading European provider of business communications services, today announced that COLT has chosen AbrideanProvisor as a key infrastructure component of its Managed Exchange 2000 offer.

AbrideanProvisor simplifies and automates the provisioning and management of hosted enterprise applications for Service Providers like COLT, their channel partners and their customers.

"We began searching for an application provisioning and management platform to enhance the customer value of our Managed Exchange 2000 solution. We wanted a proven product that lowers costs and provides enhanced administrative capabilities to our customers," said Paul David, Director, eBusiness, COLT. "We chose AbrideanProvisor after a thorough examination of the top products available on the market. For COLT, Abridean's solution gives us the ability to quickly and efficiently meet our client's e-business and messaging needs."

"We are very pleased to have COLT's business and believe they are poised to be a leader in the hosted application management market in Europe," said Sean Sears, Abridean's president and CEO. "This is an important win for Abridean and is evidence that an application provisioning and management platform is necessary to efficiently offer highly reliable, secure hosted solutions."

AbrideanProvisor has been localized for use across Europe in seven languages. This satisfies COLT's requirement to have user interfaces in the language of choice for customers in geographically dispersed areas.

About COLT

COLT Telecom Group plc is a leading European provider of business communication services. COLT has high bandwidth local networks in 32 European cities in thirteen countries supported by a series of Internet Solution Centres and inter-linked by a 15,000 route kilometre high capacity fibre-optic long distance network. During the year ended December 2001 turnover was £905.7 million and it carried over 20 billion switched minutes of voice and data traffic. COLT has 7,843 customer buildings directly connected to its networks with 15.3 million private wire VGE in service. COLT Telecom Group plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange (CTM.L) and Nasdaq (COLT). Information about COLT and its products and services can be found on the web at: