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Etnoteam Technology Driving BT's Universal Portal

[MILAN]British Telecommunications has selected Italian Internet and Telecommunications solutions provider, Etnoteam, for the continued development of its universal, free Internet portal, Infinito, according to an announcement made in Milan.

"The Etnoteam Group has been fundamental to our success from the very beginning," said Paul Minihan, general manager of Infinito, "making an important contribution to the development of the Infinito Universal Portal, the first multi-access portal in Italy. I am sure that Etnoteam will continue to play a central role in the development of BTs future service in Italy."

Infinito (www.infinito.it) is the free Internet access service BT offers to customers. Launched in December 1999, Infinito today has over 700,000 registered users. In October of that same year it became the first universal portal in Italy, permitting registered users to access its contents, to send and received information from both fixed and mobile terminals. The mobile Internet services are supplied with the support of Genie (by British Telecom), the leading operator in this sector in Europe.

Thanks to the multi-channel structure, versions of the site are available for Windows CE, Palm and mobile terminals via WAP and SMS. The service offered by Infinito follows the evolution of the new devices and permits one to have a dialogue with a group of mobile users interested in taking advantage of rich and wide-ranging net surfing experiences.

"The creation of a universal portal for British Telecom," explained Ornella Fouillouze, Etnoteams general director telecommunications and media, "represents an accomplished challenge for Etnoteam which, thanks to its experience, is capable of covering the entire Internet value chain. Furthermore, it is proof that the market sees wireless as one of the fundamental steps in the spread of interactive multimedia at a mass level."

The portal is currently housed at I.Net, the premier ISP for Italian business users, a company partly owned by Etnoteam. The management and monitoring of the Internet applications are entrusted to Etnoteam.com, an Etnoteam Group company focused on e-Sourcing.