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Global Crossing and the Albanet Group Enter Into Channel Partner Agreement

- Agreement enables Albanet Group to deliver customized path to all-IP environment for its business customers.

FLORHAM PARK, N.J., Sept. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Global Crossing announced today a channel partner agreement with the Albanet Group, one of Scotland's leading IT services companies with a Europe-wide reputation for providing clients with high quality network management systems and solutions, together with a range of professional business applications, software and ICT support services. Global Crossing's Channel Partner Program is a key part of Global Crossing's indirect strategy, providing a virtual sales force capable of attracting significant numbers of customers.

A common dedication to providing high-end customer support and advanced IP solutions to their customers makes for a strong partnership between the two companies. The Albanet Group and Global Crossing will work collaboratively on providing solutions to customers who need both IT services and network connectivity. The Albanet Group has clients in a variety of industry sectors including government, manufacturing, retail, financial services, education, tourism and SME market places.

"This partnership with Global Crossing enables us to offer our customers high-performance, secure, converged IP services backed by a state-of-the-art network over which we can provide the IT solutions and our NetQuest network management solutions to meet their business needs," said Iain Clark, managing director of the Albanet Group. "Global Crossing's worldwide IP-based network also makes it possible for us to expand our business into Europe."

Enterprises are increasingly transitioning to converged IP environments as advanced features, greater flexibility and lower total cost of ownership become the new buying imperatives. This partnership enables the Albanet Group's customers to leverage Global Crossing's fully interoperable service portfolio, running over a global IP network, and backed by industry-leading customer satisfaction scores and Service Level Agreements (SLAs).

"Channel partnerships are a key part of our go-to-market strategy, enabling us to serve, both directly and indirectly, enterprises requiring IP services on a global scale," said Phil Metcalf, managing director of Global Crossing UK. "Joining forces with the Albanet Group allows us to bring our vision of committed service, advanced technology and the ability to solve business problems to a greater range of customers. We're delighted to have entered into this relationship."

Global Crossing's Global Partner Channel Program, built to support and reward IP-centric partners, includes:

* industry-leading portfolio of converged IP services; * state-of-the-art Partner Support Center that handles routine back office tasks, allowing partners to focus on selling; * streamlined service model that delivers a consistent customer experience, worldwide; * clear partner expansion strategy into Europe and Latin America, supporting partners around the world; * timely billing and flexible pricing models that empower partners to win and retain business; and * uCommand(R), Global Crossing's industry-leading account management portal. ABOUT THE ALBANET GROUP

The Albanet Group is a leading ICT solutions company based in Scotland specializing in IT infrastructure management, network management software and consultancy services. With over 50 staff across offices in the central belt and the Highlands the Group has built a reputation for innovation and commitment to providing the highest quality IT services to customers across the UK.

The Albanet Group's real-time network management software NetQuest ExtremeWAN provides an integrated solution that pro-actively identifies and resolves performance and availability problems on converged networks and is delivered as a service or as a licensed suite of tools.

The Group was formed In January 2005 when Albanet Limited acquired IRW Solutions Group Ltd. Its range of corporate clients includes atHome Nationwide, Westminster Health Care, the Crofters Commission, Scottish Radio Holdings, Glasgow Museums and the Scottish University for Industry.

For more information on The Albanet Group and its portfolio of products and services please visit


Global Crossing provides telecommunications solutions over the world's first integrated global IP-based network. Its core network connects more than 300 cities and 30 countries worldwide, and delivers services to more than 500 major cities, 50 countries and 6 continents around the globe. The company's global sales and support model matches the network footprint and, like the network, delivers a consistent customer experience worldwide.

Global Crossing IP services are global in scale, linking the world's enterprises, governments and carriers with customers, employees and partners worldwide in a secure environment that is ideally suited for IP-based business applications, allowing e-commerce to thrive. The company offers a full range of managed data and voice products including Global Crossing IP VPN Service, Global Crossing Managed Services and Global Crossing VoIP services, to more than 40 percent of the Fortune 500, as well as 700 carriers, mobile operators and ISPs.

Please visit for more information about Global Crossing.

Statements made in this press release that state Global Crossing's intentions, beliefs, expectations, or predictions for the future are forward- looking statements. These statements contain words such as "anticipate," "estimate," "expect," "project," "intend," "plan," "believe," "will," "seek," or similar expressions. Such statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause the actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by the statements, including the conditioning of the company's continued listing on the Nasdaq National Market on its timely filing with the SEC of all periodic reports for all reporting periods ending on or prior to September 30, 2005; the company's history of substantial operating losses and the fact that, in the near term, funds from operations will not satisfy cash requirements; legal and contractual restrictions on the payment of dividends and the inter-company transfer of funds by the company's subsidiaries, including restrictions under the senior secured notes indenture applicable to Global Crossing (UK) Telecommunications Limited ("GCUK"); the likelihood that the prices the company charges for its services will continue to decrease; the company's ability to continue to connect its network to incumbent carriers' networks or maintain Internet peering arrangements on favorable terms; the success of the company's business realignment plan and the realization of anticipated cost savings; the consequences of any inadvertent violation of the company's Network Security Agreement with the U.S. Government; the impact of actual and potential customers' bankruptcies on the company's sales prospects and results of operations; increased competition and pricing pressures resulting from technology advances and regulatory changes; competitive disadvantages relative to competitors with superior resources; the impact on the company's competitiveness of its technology choices; the company's dependence on third parties for many functions; political, legal and other risks due to the company's substantial international operations; risks arising out of the company's material weaknesses in internal controls and possible difficulties and delays in improving such controls; the concentration of GCUK's revenue in a limited number of customers, and the rights of such customers to terminate their contracts or to simply cease purchasing services thereunder; and other risks referenced from time to time in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company undertakes no duty to update information contained in this press release or in other public disclosures at any time.

CONTACT GLOBAL CROSSING: Press Contacts Becky Yeamans + 1 973-937-0155 Kendra Langlie + 1 305-808-5912 Mish Desmidt Europe + 44 (0) 1256 732-866 Analysts/Investors Contact Laurinda Pang + 1 800-836-0342

Global Crossing

CONTACT: Becky Yeamans, +1-973-937-0155,, or
Kendra Langlie, +1-305-808-5912,, or Europe - Mish
Desmidt, +44-1256-732-866,, or Analysts-Investors,
Laurinda Pang, 1-800-836-0342,, all for Global

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