Global Crossing Wins Contract to Supply UK WAN to FirstGroup

By Global Crossing, PRNE
Sunday, October 17, 2010

Leading global transport provider extends partnership with Global Crossing

LONDON, October 18, 2010 - Global Crossing (Nasdaq: GLBC), a leading global IP solutions provider,
has been selected by the UK's largest transport operator, FirstGroup, to
supply a secure Wide Area Network (WAN) to its UK operations. The 8.2 million
pounds sterling
, four-year contract will see Global Crossing implement a
fully managed data network over more than 700 sites.

The WAN is critical to FirstGroup and will link its many dispersed sites
across the UK.

Key elements of the solution will be Global Crossing's Managed Security
Service and implementation project management. Having recently completed
another 800-site network deployment over a six-month period, also in a
complex rail environment, Global Crossing's experience and expertise in this
area is a key differentiator.

Glenn Bladon, Group Head of IT Services at FirstGroup, said: "Global
Crossing has strong experience in the transport industry running tested and
proven networks. We believe that the extension of our partnership with Global
Crossing will have a positive impact on our business and the way we are able
to deliver our services to customers, manage our network, and increase
reliability and safety."

Global Crossing already provides a managed voice solution to FirstGroup
as part of a dedicated industry-wide service catering to nearly 50,000 users.
The addition of the UK WAN will also enable FirstGroup to capitalise on the
potential benefits of moving to a converged IP platform in the future.

"We are delighted to be expanding our partnership with FirstGroup. The
transport sector is vitally important for us and a key part of our heritage
and network capability," said Ted Higase, Managing Director of EMEA at Global
Crossing. "This is the second multimillion pound transport contract that we
have won over the last eight months and further demonstrates the success of
Global Crossing's Transport Sector Network strategy to drive efficiencies and
savings - similar to Government's transformational Public Sector Network

This contract reflects Global Crossing's advancing presence in the UK
Transport sector, through the implementation of low risk, advanced IP
solutions to ensure its customers can provide safe, timely transportation
services UK-wide. Global Crossing currently supplies network services to more
than 90 percent of UK rail companies.

For more information on Global Crossing's solutions visit:


FirstGroup plc is the leading transport operator in the UK and North
with revenues of over 6 billion pounds a year. We employ more than
130,000 staff and transport some 2.5 billion passengers a year.

The Group operates one quarter of the UK passenger rail network, with a
balanced portfolio of intercity, commuter and regional services, carrying
over 280 million passengers a year.

    - We are the UK's largest rail operator with four passenger franchises -
      First Capital Connect, First Great Western, First ScotRail and First
      TransPennine Express - and one open access operator, First Hull Trains.
    - We operate the London Tramlink network on behalf of Transport for
      London carrying 28 million passengers a year.

Headquartered in Cincinnati, FirstGroup America Inc. operates across the
US and Canada. The Group's contract businesses include Yellow School Buses
(First Student), Transit Contracting and Management Services (First Transit),
Vehicle Fleet Maintenance and Support Services (First Services).

The Group is Britain's largest bus operator running more than one in five
of all local bus services. A fleet of some 8,500 buses carries approximately
3 million passengers a day in more than 40 major towns and cities. We also
operate Greyhound UK providing regular services each way between London and
Bournemouth, Portsmouth and Southampton.

Greyhound is the only national provider of scheduled intercity coach
services in the US and Canada. Based in Dallas, Greyhound provides scheduled
passenger services to approximately 3,800 destinations carrying approximately
20 million passengers a year.


Global Crossing (NASDAQ: GLBC) is a leading global IP and Ethernet
solutions provider with the world's first integrated global IP-based network.
The company offers a full range of data, voice and collaboration services
with an industry leading customer experience and delivers service to
approximately 40 percent of the Fortune 500, as well as to 700 carriers,
mobile operators and ISPs. It delivers converged IP services to more than 700
cities in more than 70 countries around the world.

Global Crossing (UK) Telecommunications Ltd. provides a full range of
managed telecommunications services in a secure environment ideally suited
for IP-based business applications. The company provides managed voice, data,
Internet and e-commerce solutions to a strong and established commercial
customer base, including more than 100 UK government departments, as well as
systems integrators, rail sector customers and major corporate clients. In
addition, Global Crossing UK provides carrier services to national and
international communications service providers.

Please visit for more information about
Global Crossing.

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