Williams Communications Increases Global Presence With New European Network Offerings

Apr 11, 2001, 01:00 ET from Williams Communications Group, Inc.

    TULSA, Okla., April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of its global expansion
 strategy, Williams Communications (NYSE:   WCG), a leading provider of broadband
 services for bandwidth-centric customers, announced today it will begin
 offering network services to Europe by the end of second-quarter 2001.
     Williams Communications will have its capacity on the TAT-14
 trans-Atlantic cable system ready for service by mid year.  The undersea
 fiber-optic cable will allow Williams Communications to transport traffic from
 Europe to its U.S. backbone network.  Williams Communications connects to this
 international gateway at landing points in Manasquan and Tuckerton, N.J.
 Williams Communications' next generation network has more than 33,000 miles in
 operation, making it the largest in the United States.
     In addition to its undersea cable capacity, Williams Communications is
 evaluating plans to light dark fiber in Europe with prospective
 telecommunications partners.  In March of last year, Williams Communications
 acquired dark fiber from Swedish network operator Telia, which opened up
 telecom markets across Europe.
     "Williams Communications will be able to provide bandwidth-centric
 customers end-to-end connectivity in Europe," said Miller Williams, senior
 vice president and general manager, Williams Communications' international
 unit.  "We are well positioned to provide low-cost services and a faster time
 to market for our customers."
     Reinforcing its European presence, Williams Communications also announced
 two new executives who will be supporting the company's international efforts.
     Peter Gardener has joined Williams Communications as managing director,
 Europe, a new position responsible for identifying and developing long-range
 business development objectives and strategies to expand the company's
 services to the region.  Additional responsibilities include creating
 alliances and service agreements to terminate traffic throughout Europe from
 our U.S. customers and to obtain reciprocal traffic back to the United States.
     Prior to joining Williams Communications, Gardener was general manager for
 Energis, Inc., where he was responsible for establishing a U.S. operation for
 the European company, as part of its strategy to become a major player in the
 global communications market.
     Gardener's telecommunications experience encompasses international
 business development, general management and information systems as well as
 network operations, planning and sales.
     Tony Elandary will assume the role of executive director of network
 development, Europe.  Elandary will be responsible for developing the
 company's European facilities and joint ventures or alliances with other
 carriers.  Prior to assuming this position, Elandary was responsible for
 international network planning for Williams Communications.
     "Williams Communications is pleased to welcome Peter Gardener and Tony
 Elandary to our executive management team," said Williams.  "Together Peter
 and Tony have more than 50 years of technical and business development
 experience.  Their knowledge of the European communications market is critical
 during our global expansion."
 
     About Williams Communications Group, Inc. (NYSE:   WCG)
     Williams Communications Group, Inc., through its subsidiary Williams
 Communications, LLC, is North America's only exclusively carrier-focused
 fiber-optic network.  Based in Tulsa, Okla., Williams Communications is
 located primarily in North America, with offices in Europe and Asia and
 investments in South America and Australia.  Approximately 86 percent of WCG
 stock is held by Williams (NYSE:   WMB) which, in 1985, became the first energy
 company to harness its core competency as a builder of networks to enable
 competition in the communications industry.   Additional information is
 available at www.williams.com and www.williamscommunications.com .
 
     All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.  Portions of
 this document, including guidance about 2001 results, may constitute
 "forward-looking statements" as defined by federal law.  Although the company
 believes any such statements are based on reasonable assumptions, there is no
 assurance that actual outcomes will not be materially different.  Any such
 statements are made in reliance on the "safe harbor" protections provided
 under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Additional
 information about issues that could lead to material changes in performance is
 contained in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange
 Commission.
 
     Contact:
     Wendy Lea
     Williams Communications (media)
     (918) 573-7602
     wendy.lea@williams.com
 
     Patricia Kraft
     Williams Communications (investors)
     (918) 573-0649
     patricia.kraft@williams.com
 
 

SOURCE Williams Communications Group, Inc.
    TULSA, Okla., April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of its global expansion
 strategy, Williams Communications (NYSE:   WCG), a leading provider of broadband
 services for bandwidth-centric customers, announced today it will begin
 offering network services to Europe by the end of second-quarter 2001.
     Williams Communications will have its capacity on the TAT-14
 trans-Atlantic cable system ready for service by mid year.  The undersea
 fiber-optic cable will allow Williams Communications to transport traffic from
 Europe to its U.S. backbone network.  Williams Communications connects to this
 international gateway at landing points in Manasquan and Tuckerton, N.J.
 Williams Communications' next generation network has more than 33,000 miles in
 operation, making it the largest in the United States.
     In addition to its undersea cable capacity, Williams Communications is
 evaluating plans to light dark fiber in Europe with prospective
 telecommunications partners.  In March of last year, Williams Communications
 acquired dark fiber from Swedish network operator Telia, which opened up
 telecom markets across Europe.
     "Williams Communications will be able to provide bandwidth-centric
 customers end-to-end connectivity in Europe," said Miller Williams, senior
 vice president and general manager, Williams Communications' international
 unit.  "We are well positioned to provide low-cost services and a faster time
 to market for our customers."
     Reinforcing its European presence, Williams Communications also announced
 two new executives who will be supporting the company's international efforts.
     Peter Gardener has joined Williams Communications as managing director,
 Europe, a new position responsible for identifying and developing long-range
 business development objectives and strategies to expand the company's
 services to the region.  Additional responsibilities include creating
 alliances and service agreements to terminate traffic throughout Europe from
 our U.S. customers and to obtain reciprocal traffic back to the United States.
     Prior to joining Williams Communications, Gardener was general manager for
 Energis, Inc., where he was responsible for establishing a U.S. operation for
 the European company, as part of its strategy to become a major player in the
 global communications market.
     Gardener's telecommunications experience encompasses international
 business development, general management and information systems as well as
 network operations, planning and sales.
     Tony Elandary will assume the role of executive director of network
 development, Europe.  Elandary will be responsible for developing the
 company's European facilities and joint ventures or alliances with other
 carriers.  Prior to assuming this position, Elandary was responsible for
 international network planning for Williams Communications.
     "Williams Communications is pleased to welcome Peter Gardener and Tony
 Elandary to our executive management team," said Williams.  "Together Peter
 and Tony have more than 50 years of technical and business development
 experience.  Their knowledge of the European communications market is critical
 during our global expansion."
 
     About Williams Communications Group, Inc. (NYSE:   WCG)
     Williams Communications Group, Inc., through its subsidiary Williams
 Communications, LLC, is North America's only exclusively carrier-focused
 fiber-optic network.  Based in Tulsa, Okla., Williams Communications is
 located primarily in North America, with offices in Europe and Asia and
 investments in South America and Australia.  Approximately 86 percent of WCG
 stock is held by Williams (NYSE:   WMB) which, in 1985, became the first energy
 company to harness its core competency as a builder of networks to enable
 competition in the communications industry.   Additional information is
 available at www.williams.com and www.williamscommunications.com .
 
     All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.  Portions of
 this document, including guidance about 2001 results, may constitute
 "forward-looking statements" as defined by federal law.  Although the company
 believes any such statements are based on reasonable assumptions, there is no
 assurance that actual outcomes will not be materially different.  Any such
 statements are made in reliance on the "safe harbor" protections provided
 under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Additional
 information about issues that could lead to material changes in performance is
 contained in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange
 Commission.
 
     Contact:
     Wendy Lea
     Williams Communications (media)
     (918) 573-7602
     wendy.lea@williams.com
 
     Patricia Kraft
     Williams Communications (investors)
     (918) 573-0649
     patricia.kraft@williams.com
 
 SOURCE  Williams Communications Group, Inc.