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Friday 12 December, 2003

mmO2 PLC

Manx Telecom

mmO2 PLC
12 December 2003

press release

PR0346


            O2's ISLE OF MAN BUSINESS IS GRANTED NEW 15-YEAR LICENCE



Released: 12 December 2003

Manx Telecom, a wholly-owned subsidiary of mmO2, has been granted a new, 15-year
telecommunications licence by the Isle of Man Government. The company provides
mobile communications services to around 70,000 customers as well as fixed
telephony and Internet solutions, and has been the Isle of Man
telecommunications provider since 1 January 1987.

The company scored a notable success in December 2001 when it became the first
telecommunications operator in Europe to switch on a live 3G network. This has
given mmO2 a significant advantage in gaining feedback prior to commercial roll
out of 3G services in its German, Irish and UK operations.

In addition, over the last five years, Manx Telecom has invested around £50
million in the Island's telecommunications infrastructure, including a GPRS
mobile data network as well as highly resilient off-shore Island links and ADSL
broadband in all its exchanges.

Chris Hall, Manx Telecom's managing director, said: 'We are delighted that the
Isle of Man Government has recognised our commitment to the Island. The terms of
our new licence mean that we are able to give back much more in reduced charges
and other benefits. Our previous licence required us to pay an annual licence
fee to the Isle of Man Government which was, typically, in the region of two
million pounds per year. Under the terms of the new licence, the government has
released us from this obligation in order that we can use this money to benefit
our customers instead.'

After consultation with the regulator, the Isle of Man Communications
Commission, Manx Telecom has developed a number of tariff reductions across the
range of its services to benefit as many of its customers as possible. These
include reductions in mobile and Internet charges as well as fixed line phone
charges.

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mmO2

mmO2 has 100% ownership of mobile network operators in three countries - the UK,
Germany and Ireland - as well as leading mobile Internet portal business. All of
these businesses are branded as O2. Additionally, the company has operations on
the Isle of Man (Manx Telecom) and owns O2 Airwave - an advanced, digital
emergency communications service.

mmO2 was the first company in the world to launch and rollout a commercial GPRS
(or 2.5G) network and has secured third generation mobile telephony ('3G')
licences in the UK, Ireland and Germany.

mmO2 has 19.2 million customers and some 12,000 employees; and reported revenues
for the year ended 31 March 2003 of £4.874 billion. Data represented 19.2% of
total service revenues in the quarter ending 30 September 2003.


mmO2 plc

David Nicholas                                Simon Gordon
Head of Media Relations                       Press Relations Manager
[email protected]                         [email protected]
t: +44 (0) 771 575 9176                       t: +44 (0)771 007 0698


mmO2 press office: 01753 628402.

All mmO2 Group news releases can be accessed at our web site: www.mmo2.com


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