News Release

Versatel Deploys Cisco's DPT Technology to Handle Strong Growth in IP Traffic

AMSTERDAM, February 14, 2001 - Versatel Telecom
Feb 14, 2001

AMSTERDAM, February 14, 2001 - Versatel Telecom International NV, today announced that it has tested, fine-tuned and implemented the Dynamic Packet Transport (DPT) technology of Cisco Systems for its high-speed IP backbone network. The DPT technology forms a scalable and cost-efficient solution to provide IP (Internet) services over Versatel's own fiber optic network, without having to use the SDH and ATM layers and equipment in its network. The technology is designed to leverage Versatel's fiber optic infrastructure by offering high quality data transport at speeds up to 2.5 Gbit/s.

"Anticipating on the strong growth in our IP traffic, we needed to expand the capacity of our SDH-based network in order to keep up with the changing needs and growth of our customers," said Aad Beekhuis, Chief Operating Officer of Versatel. "By deploying Cisco's DPT, we were not only able to offload traffic from our SDH circuits and ATM network but we now have the ability to scale our network much more easily and cost-effectively. Furthermore this network is ready to serve more value-added services, such as Voice over IP and IP VPN virtual private networks."

Cisco's DPT is a resilient packet ring technology that combines the intelligence of IP routing with the bandwidth efficiencies of optical rings. Designed primarily for metropolitan area networks, DPT delivers scalable Internet service, reliable IP-aware optical transport, and simplified network operations. In addition to DPT, Versatel also selected Cisco 12000 series Internet routers for the build-out of its backbone network. Versatel's IP network is fully operational in the Benelux markets.

"Versatel recognized early that by investing in DPT today they can build a network flexible enough to meet tomorrow's opportunities because of the ease and cost-effectiveness of upgrading a DPT-based solution," said Graeme Fraser, vice president and general manager, Metro IP Access Business Unit, Cisco Systems. "We are very pleased to partner with such a forward-looking service provider."

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Versatel Telecom International N.V. (Nasdaq & AEX: VRSA) based in Amsterdam, is a rapidly growing, facilities-based, competitive local access broadband network operator focused on The Netherlands, Belgium and Northwest Germany. Founded in October 1995, the Company holds full telecommunications licenses in The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany and has over 50,000 business customers and 1,500 employees. Versatel is currently building a broadband network that will use the latest network technologies to provide business customers with high bandwidth voice, data and Internet services. Versatel is a publicly traded company on the Amsterdam Stock Exchanges and Nasdaq National Market under the symbol "VRSA". News and information are available at

(Certain statements in this Press Release are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of The Private Securities Litigation Act of 1995. Such statements are based on the current expectations of the management of Versatel International NV only, and are subject to a number of risk factors and uncertainties, including but not limited to changes in technology and market requirements, decline in demand for the company's products or services, inability to timely develop and introduce new technologies, products and services, loss of market share, pressure on pricing resulting from competition, inability to maintain certain marketing and distribution arrangements, and construction delays, which could cause the actual results or performance of the company to differ materially from those described therein. For a more detailed description of the risk factors and uncertainties affecting the company, refer to the Company's reports to be filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.)

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