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20 May 2002

Stefan Albertsson appointed to Netia Holdings management board

WARSAW, Poland - May 20, 2002 - Netia Holdings SA (Nasdaq: NTIAQ, WSE: NET), Poland's largest alternative provider of fixed-line telecommunications services, today announced the appointment of Stefan Albertsson, Marketing and Products Director, to the Management Board, effective June 1, 2002.

Stefan Albertsson's role will be to strengthen Netia's marketing efforts to penetrate the corporate, SME and residential customer segments, and to support the successful development of Netia's products, services and brand. Mr. Albertsson's experience in the telecommunications industry spans more than ten years, including, marketing, sales and customer service positions at Netia, Telia and Eircom. From 1996 to 1999, he served in various management positions at Netia Telekom. Following a 15-month stint at Eircom, where he was responsible for the development and implementation of the company's CRM (Customer Relationship Management) strategy, he returned to Netia Telekom as Marketing and Products Director in August 2001.

Some of the information contained in this news release contains forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties, and that actual results may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements as a result of various factors. For a more detailed description of these risks and factors, please see the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 20-F filed with the Commission on March 28, 2002, it Current Report on Form 6-K filed with the Commission on April 3, 2002, it Current Reports on Forms 6-K filed with the Commission on May 6, 2002, and its Current Report on Form 6-K filed with the Commission on May 7, 2002. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements.